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Electric Sandwich



3.46 | 41 ratings

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2 stars Heavy rock album from Germany, rooted in 60s blues-rock, soul, brass-rock and on occasion a bit of jazz. It's overall enjoyable but can't escape an overwhelming sensation of deja-vu.

The album starts off with the best song 'China', an 8 minute jam-based instrumental with lots of percussion, entrancing psychedelica, bluesy guitars, noise experiments and hints of jazz. A strong kraut rock gem this one. Unfortunately, the album is schizoid in nature and after it's progressive opener, it mainly shifts to nice but pedestrian blues rock with those typical heavy soul/blues vocals of the 60s / early 70s (think Coverdale and Hughes in Deep Purple in 1974). On occasion the saxophone leads the band into a looser jazzy vibe that is mostly enjoyable. Examples are 'Nervous Creek', 'I want You' and 'Material Darkness'. But their stuffy 70s hardrock influences never go away for long, and on the closing 'On My Mind' they even sound like Steppenwolf.

'Electric Sandwich' is an album that's starts overwhelmingly with a state of the art krautrock jam, but it quickly strays from the path into 70s heavy rock cliches. Not bad at all, and a record that was probably right for its time, but it now sounds very old-school 70s rock with little that reminds of Prog. 2.5 stars, with 8 redeeming minutes of excellence.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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