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5.0 out of 5 stars Here come the Octave Doctors, 3 April 2012
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'You' is the last album by Gong as a fun, spaced-out band, and even then it displays much of the greater cohesion of the subsequent, jazzier 'Shamal' and 'Gazeuse' releases, both highly creditable but less distinct. As has been mentioned elsewhere, it has the best of the old and the new. The shambling anarchy of 'Flying Teapot', the first of the Radio Gnome trilogy, gives that album the edge in terms of charm. 'You' makes up for this with its irresistible, mantra-like melodies. It is probably Gong's most accessible album, yet is still brimming with invention.

The first three short tracks all have great hooks, but are hardly conventional. 'Invocation' in particular is quite hypnotic. 'Master Builder' is the first lengthy track and hits a good groove thanks to the synths which are used on this album to provide pulsing rhythms. After this, Gong stretch out on three long tracks featuring sax, trumpet, flute and xylophone. If anything, Steve Hillage's solos, while dextrous, are probably the least interesting feature of this unique style. Hillage borrowed some of it for his solo albums, 'Green' and 'Motivation Radio', both of which are worth hearing if you like this.

The story may be nonsensical, but it helps characterise the trilogy, especially where several members at once provide conversational vocals. I can't make my mind up whether I prefer this or 'Flying Teapot', but I certainly prefer both to 'Angel's Egg' which forms the central bridge of the trilogy.
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