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2.19 | 11 ratings

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2 stars I discovered this album lot of time after having appreciated "Hrislan Og Straumurinn". Unfortunately the two albums don't have anything to do one each other.

The first track was quite a choc. American disco-funky of the 70s. Not bad, really. Something like Doobie Brothers' Long Train Running. Of course nothing progressive here.

"Memories" is a slow country-rock that reminds to the Family, maybe because of the voice quite similar to Roger Chapman. Better than the first. The flute gives it a touch of Canterbury. Surely I like this song more than the first.

The third track is entitled "Funky Beat". Unfortunately it's exactly what the title promises. I can't stand with people shouting "Come on" on the instrumental parts.... However the keyboard solo is remarkable. It has something of Wakeman. I mean the funkyest parts of Journey to the centre of Earth, but it's not enough for me to like this song. It also fades out.

"Lullaby" has a very promising folk intro of acoustic guitar and flute, but after few seconds of silence it becomes "too" folky just to turn into funky again. The voice here has a flavour of Creedence Clearwater Revival. When the flute is back afte 3:30 minutes, it acquires a Canterbury taste but when the guitar replaces the flute, it's almost identical to "Earth and Water song" of Humble Pie. Same chords, same organ and very similar guitar. When the tempo doubles and it's funky again it's absolutely not bad. In few words this track is a patchwork of genres with strong and weak segments.

The B-side opens with "Hugssin". A jazzy track with a total Canterbury flavour. Unfortunately we are in 1976 and they are sounding as Caravan were used to sound in 1969. A bit late. Not bad also this, but nothing special.

Finally, the title track. "Speglun" is between Caravan and Camel. About 8 very enjoyable minutes that are not enough to rate this album 3 stars. Because of its few good moments 2 stars are too few, but we don't have the possibility to rate half stars. Being this a non-essential album I won't round it high. If you are curious abut Eik doing funky you can give it a try. Also the last track partially saves your money, but you can surely find something better.

2.5 stars rounded low

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