Mike McLatchey 23-August-2002 Impressions on Reading Aldous Huxley

Impressions on Reading Aldous Huxley is one of the most heralded krautrock titles that still has not yet made its way to CD format. It's a shame, because this is the real deal, a rock album with enough psychedelic and experimental touches to keep the most ardent fan occupied. The band is a quartet based on the picture, a quintet based on the liner notes with two members playing a wide array of different flutes. And based on smaller pieces like "Prologue" or "Lenina," the music is flute heavy indeed. The first side of the record takes a bit to get going as it meanders abstractly through several atmospheric pieces before picking up on a nice jam with sax, organ and a number of weird effects. The last track on the side sounds like it could have been an outtake from an Osanna or Citta Frontalé record with it's percussion rhythm and lyric-less chorus. Side two is comprised mostly of the 19 minute "The End," the album's tour de force. This piece is just incredible with its dramatic opening moments, a grandiose theme that melts into some of the oddest and spellbinding chord sequences on record. The piece combines so many aspects - drone jamming, male choirs, saxophone solos, tripped-out effects - that every listen is a new experience. By "Epilogue" one will be exhausted by the sheer amount of thought it takes to absorb such a new experience. An essential album for the krautrock collector.

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