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Spectrum – “Geracao Bendita ” – [Shadoks]

1971 Brazilian hippie sunshine sweet-fuzz trip. Definitely it fits the
fetish guidebook for old psych addicts, still it rises above with many
very memorable melodies and some excellent harmony vocals. A lot of cuts
feature gentle acoustic guitar and the pace is often languid, thus this
album somehow manages to ride the folk-rock divide without really being
either. “Pingo E Letra” has a funky break to start, and later reprises
it 1.5 minutes in…that demands to be looped by some avid hiphopper
looking to be a hippehopper. I wonder if the key to Spectrum’s secret
sauce is the ninth chord, it sounds so good in a fuzzy distortion
blair. Guitar solos here are often just quick runs, not endless
wank-a-thons, so they tend to fit in more with the songs, rather than
the songs serving as pedestals for the solos. “Quiabo’s” is a good
example of that. “15 Years Old” launches with some pyrostringtectics,
and then it’s like the engineer wants to fade the song out but the
band keeps going, we end up getting the vocals isolated and alone
(dubbed in afterwards) It’s raw, roughshod and totally wrong in some
books, but it’s that nice loosely tight vibe that is so right in my
book. “Thank You My God” and “Mother Nature” are sung in English with
a Portugese accent, kinda reminded me of Masaki Batoh, and I think
this album will succeed with fans of Japanese psych in some weird
wanton way. Each time I listen to this, I like it more…

-Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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