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3.80 | 462 ratings

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Jake E.
4 stars Compaired to Flying Teapot and Angel's Egg, Camembert Electrique is more raw and rockish, less synthesizer/space. You Can't Kill Me is a rock song that has semi-shocking lyrics "you can kill my father, you can kill my son, you can kill my children...with a gun" some treated vocals, great pounding beat, fast saxophone, and trippy guitars. I've Been Stone sure sounds like it...this number starts with Daevid Allen singing with an organ in the back, soon followed by saxophone, then Smyth and fast frantic druming. Mister Long Shanks/O Mother/I Am Your Fantasy remindes me of a nursery-rhyme on a bad trip... after the de-tuned intro this song takes a change of path which remindes me of Yes. Dynamite/I Am Your Animal. After the dynamite-mantra intro Smyth sings for a while in the same way she did on I Am Your Pussy, very psychedelic, little structure, and leaves confused of which instument to listen to. Fohat Digs Holes In Space is probably the most trippest song on the album and certainly the best, remindes me of Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive, hardly and vocals (besides Smyth's space whisper) until the end, which is when the song starts to really pick up on the Canterbury stylee. Next comes Tried So Hard a very good song rock oriented mostly, trippy lyrics, to me this song sounds like a mix between early Beatles, Pink Floyd, and early Velvet Underground. Tropical Fish: Selene has all around good instumentation from every member, this song picks up on the Canterbury sound once again, and includes great sax from Didier Malherbe, This song has a strong Jazzy feeling towards the end, along with song good spacey/psychedelic stuff as well...

All around a good album, not as good as Flying Teapot or Angel's Egg but still very very good.

Jake E. | 4/5 |


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