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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 576 ratings

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4 stars A year after their debut album (but this was the pace in those days : one album per year), "Nektar" released "Tab". The band has evolved considerably in this short period of time. Almost of the glorious psychedelia has gone. Songs are on a longer side as well, more sophisticated, elaborated. Harder and rockier.

The title track and central piece of the album is a highlight of course. Lots of themes available (even some sort of "Bolero" is featured). I have mentioned many times that the "Watcher" riff has been "borrowed" a lot but "Boléro" holds the comparison. This track reminds me at time ELP or Wakeman ("Tab" of course, not the "Boléro"). Church organ to start. A bit pompous. Vocals are not superb but Ilike very much the instrumental parts (although more on the heavy side at times). The closing section is particularly well polished and bombastic. This part is probably the best one of the album.

But this album is worth more than just one track. I like very much "Desolation Valley". Probably the most related to space-rock although a bit jazzy during the intro. Second part is the best one. "Waves" is more tranquil, very soft intro. Nice background "vocals".

"King Of Twighlight" is another very good song from this album. It is a fine summary of what's available : harmonious intro, the song will get harder and harder. It finishes as a great hard-rock one but with subtle and very pleasant vocals. The keyboard riff is really great.

"Crying In The Dark" explores more their rocking side : heavier and really powerful. Vocals are fully Greg Lake oriented.

I preferred their first opus for its psychedelic and "Floyd" approach. This one is more related to ELP although more personal.

Still : four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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