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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 297 ratings

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4 stars OK. Five reasons why you shouldn't be reading this review but rush out to your favourite record store to buy this album. (Supposing you still leave your seat for that)

1. Contrary to what the band name and logo may suggest, this music has nothing ado with the album of the same name from Asia.

2. This album contains almost 80 minute of excellent symphonic prog that sounds like a lost album from 1971. Like it was created by a super group consisting of members from Circus-era King Crimson, Meddle-Pink Floyd, Acolyte-Steve Hackett, Ashra Temple, Yes, Camel, Amon Duul and all your other favourite bands. You wouldn't want to miss a band with those guys in the fold now would you?

3. God, these guys can write songs! All tracks sound like classics from a lost era. Long extended symphonies full of melody and melancholy. Swamped in mellotron, moogs, and delayed guitars, with excellent percussion, mellow harmony voices (I actually suspect they're sampled from Gilmour and Wright), flutes, saxophone and a lot more.

4. This album is about the love for classic prog. A love we all share here, even given our diverse and sometimes conflicting tastes. This album is not just a nostalgic trip to '71, it is not a pastiche or retro-kitsch. It sure is completely indebted to all names mentioned but it's so honest, done with so much skill and respect that you can only share their love for what they have accomplished.

5. Because this might easily be a five star album for you. Now hurry off to that store before they're sold out!

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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