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This review is from: Avatar (Audio CD)
Comets On Fire are a band I've known of for a while but not bothered to hear. All I can say is I'm glad I have bothered now!
Comets On Fire play a noisy & psychedelic, form of 70's inspired rock. If you imagine Cream playing with two intertwining guitars and the odd wash of keyboards and noise effects you'd pretty much nail what Comets sound like. It's an intriguing sound and one that's quite addictive to these ears at the moment. It's a sound that's bluesy & layered and takes quite a number of listens to appreciate, like any good record. The hooks and melodies aren't apparrent at first but they do show themselves after some time spent with Avatar.
Dogwood Rust has a very skittish, jazzy rhythm but it's addictive and you know you want more when the chorus kicks in. Jaybird begins in more or less the same vein but is a lot more melodic, utilising the two guitarsists extremely well. Comets have a really solid rhythm section over which evertything else is layered. The vocals aren't as up front as you'd think and everything has it's own oppertunity to shine through the mix.
Lucifer's Memory is probably the highlight, even though it's, in essence, a cheesy ballad. It just harkens back to the vibe of bands like Cream, Pink Floyd, & Led Zeppelin so much it can't not be apprectated. The melodies, guitar, piano and the singer's voice are all so good the cheesiness involved is completely excused.
The Swallow's Eye and Sour Smoke are two pretty lengthy, satisfying psychedelic jam tracks, in fact every track bar Holy Teeth clock in at over 6mins. Holy Teeth is the low point for me. It's a brash, shouty rocker and I'm definitely not adverse to brash, shouty rockers but it doesn't seem to fit within the album at all and disrupts the flow somewhat. Being only 3mins, it's a fairly disposable, uninspiring track. The rest of the album is satisfyingly original yet leaves a taste of all great 70s rock gone before it.
The last 3 tracks aren't as good as the first 4 causing Avatar to droop at the end but it's still a great album. I'll now have to look up more Comets stuff. I've heard that Blue Cathedral is a good one....