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3.18 | 48 ratings

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2 stars This one's got every cliché in the book from 1967. Very whimsical, light psychedelic music that's vocal heavy. Peter Daltrey's vocals are pretty good - and the double tracking of them reminds me a lot of Syd Barrett . Unlike 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' - this is a far more straightforward album. Don't expect anything groundbreaking.

Quite frankly, once you get past the nice 1967 Edwardian sound that many bands had around this time, it's actually boring, mainly because all the tunes start to sound very similar. The songs are just too simple and the lyrics are hopeless. In saying that, there are two excellent tracks. 'Holiday Maker' is undoubtedly catchy and a definite step up from the preceding tracks. Unfortunately the next tunes 'A Lesson Perhaps & The Sky Children' made me lose the will to live. Instantly forgettable.

Thankfully the best is left till last with the great ' Jenny Artichoke'. I can never get this damn tune out of my head each time I hear it, but it doesn't make up for the ordinariness of what's gone before. Two stars is maybe a bit harsh on this album, but I'm becoming more critical with each review. I'm sure lots of late 60's psychedelia fans would like this. If you like the look of the front cover then that pretty much looks how it sounds.

Give me 'Piper' or 'Saucerful' any day.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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