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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 576 ratings

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4 stars Nektar occupies a strange teritory of progressive rock. Here classified as Psychedelic/Space Rock, it differs from most prog rock bands. Music from "A Tab In The Ocean" could be described as a fusion of Focus-esque pastoral sound at times, watery passages and jams à la Pink Floyd with Nektar's own type of very heavy rock quality.

The album starts out with a title track, "A Tab In The Ocean", which is based on an organ passage, very similar to what you can find on many Focus' releases and some by early Genesis. It descends into a smooth spacey jam. Next up, we have "Desolation Valley", my favorite piece from this album, based on a catchy riff. Roye Albrighton's crispy, curnchy guitar tone really comes alive here. His singing is equally enjoyable! "Waves" is a tune that sort of reminds me of The Moody Blues,. It links with the previous track. "Crying In The Dark" is a dry, up-beat tempo with a nice organ and guitar playing. "King Of Twilight" is another enjoyable song, but my least favorite piece on this album. Again, a pretty heavy, military-inspired rhythm, nice vocals and a spacey quality, only to be created by Nektar.

All things considered, this is a very important album in prog rock history and most experts will tell you - it is a must-have. An excellent work, a very rewarding journey into Nektar's great musical minds. Sometimes, I find it just a bit boring, lacking a variety from these heavy, spacey jams, which makes me give this album well deserved 4.5 stars! Very highly recommended!

ALotOfBottle | 4/5 |


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