3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
After the mesmerising debut album, this new album takes the band even further back in time from 1968 psych to 1966 beat and groove. Unlike the first album, there are no controversial sonic landscapes to pad the record out (I thought they were amateur home studio whimsy myself, but some people liked them)- every song here is fully realised and well presented.
My only gripe with these songs is that they are almost cover versions - almost every one has a blatant lift or hook from very well known songs by the Beatles, Left Banke, Byrds and Kinks. Whether intended as a tribute or pastiche I'm not sure, but for example the track 'She said to me' is basically a cover of the Byrds version of "All I really wanna do" with a lyrical change. There is nothing here that blows you away like their first album - Tracks like "Wake Up" and "Rosalies Garden" were sublime slabs of trippy psych - Syd Barrett influenced but still creating an original and unique sound to make them the bands own.
The Sufis are certainly very capable and talented musicians and this is a very enjoyable if highly derivitive album. There's few bands that can pull off this sound so authentically, however I hope that in future they will start to inject a bit more of themselves into their music rather than be so obvious about their influences.