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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.71 | 329 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars I don't want to bash a historically important and well-loved group... but for a contemporary listener who didn't have these guys around during their youth, listening to Doremi Fasol Latido is like sitting drugged in the dentist chair. This was a painful one to even finish.

The album starts with the psychedelic Brainstorm, an 11 minute excuse to play pointless loud spacey effects behind bland drumming and terrible vocals. I can't find any hint of musicianship and only the scantest bit of foresight into the song's structure. Scanning through this song will reveal the exact same thing from start to finish, and says to me that one needs plenty of drugs and flashing lights to enjoy.

Things get incomparably better with successive tracks, with the group actually condescending to play their instruments in a thoughtful and, honestly intricate manner. One Change is a present transition into the good Lord of Light, which has powerful energy and direction. Things go downhill after here into bland, repetitive, very dated sounding drugged-up psychedelia. Expect the same drum beat, bass groove, genuinely bad vocals throughout-- but at least there's some guitar variety. Not especially progressive, nor entertaining.

For fans of the proto sound only, and even then only for those who are fine with a monotonous classic- rock in the background.

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 1 Lyrics/Vocals: 1 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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