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Space Rock revival !,
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This review is from: See This Through And Leave (Audio CD)
This album is a mixture of 70s Space-Rock, Techno, and 90s Indie/Britpop.
Track 1 starts like a mixture of Massive Attack and Pink Floyd but half way through changes direction to 70s Space-Rock. What I mean by Space-Rock is along the lines of Hawkwind, Curved Air, etc - heavy guitars & drums mixed with burbling synthesised beeps, bells, whirrs, etc, ethereal vocals. Track 2 starts with some guitar work that would not be out of place on a Muse CD but progresses as another Space-Rock track. Track 3 is more of the same but a bit more Lemmy, i.e. it is more Motorhead than Hawkwind (Lemmy was part of Hawkwind before he went his own way and formed Motorhead). Track 4 is a change of direction, instead of synthesisers we get a wind section and a singer who allegedly sounds like Liam Gallagher. One of the more pop tracks on the album. Track 5 is difficult the categorise, it starts quite slowly and gently but get quite heavy and at some points the singer sounds more like JJ72 than Liam.
Track 6 starts as a spaghetti western soundtrack but as you soon realise with this group they can be relied on to change style at least once in a song. The background effects give you a sense of listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" at times. Quite cleverly they introduce a violin strain half way through - whoever thought of that is a musical genius.
Track 7 fools you with its techno intro but then progresses into a sort of Oasis sing-a-long. Possibly the weakest track this album but enjoyable all the same.
Track 8 is the weirdest track. Techno sounds mixed with various radio samples, e.g. a weather forecast and BBC news but when track 9 starts it makes track 8 seem like a very elaborate intro to another Space-Rock track. Track 10 follows on seamlessly. It's difficult to describe this track but it works pretty well, sort of Indie/Goth Rock but eventually it transforms into quite heavy Space-Rock. Pretty uplifting stuff!
The last track calms things down again. quite slow and moody with a string section.
The bonus disk contains three tracks not on the main CD and two live tracks and (if you have a access to PC) videos of 3 tracks.
So overall a very good debut album. They are mining a seam that no-one else is (Space Rock) but have a modern sound because of their more recent influences. Given their diverse influences it will be interesting to see what direction they take in the future. I hope they don't change too much.