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DEDICATED TO THE BIRD WE LOVE

Oriental Sunshine

 

Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

3.90 | 26 ratings

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Lewa
2 stars This album consists entirely of mellow, mid-tempo folk songs with added Indian instruments. All instruments are played competently and the singing is competent and pleasant. There isn't anything spectacular happening on those fronts, though.

This is a fairly good psychedelic folk album. However, in my opinion, it's not a good prog album (or rather, not really a prog album at all).

The songs on this album are compositionally weak, in my opinion. Practically all of them sound like they just fade-out at a random time, like maybe the recording engineer wanted to go home. Songs fade-in and fade-out, almost like those audio samples some music sites offer. Several times I checked if I really just listened to the whole song, or if some weird error happened.

The whole album is also very uniform, with no variation in tempo or volume. Not one melody is very memorable. Overall, the record is pleasant but also very, very harmless. (That may have been the intention, though.)

We are expected to rate this album on a prog scale (, as it not listed as prog related or proto prog). On that scale, two stars is the rating I believe is appropriate.

Some sitar/tablas, 30 seconds of Indian rhythms and some Indian vocals are not enough to make any psychedelic /world music record into a good (which means three star) prog album.

In conclusion:

This can be recommended to listeners who like mellow psychedelic folk and/or Indian instruments and a relaxed, hippy atmosphere.

Just don't expect too much in terms of composition, complexity, uniqueness or innovation.

Lewa | 2/5 |

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