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REMEMBER THE FUTURE

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 410 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Like nektar to my ears

This is a slightly psychedelic piece of conceptual, quite hard rocking music. Overall, this album reminds me a lot of Captain Beyond's excellent debut album from one year earlier. These two works share a similar structure, with the whole album making up basically one long piece of music with three or four different themes coming and going throughout. While the Captain Beyond album was divided into many shorter tracks, Remember The Future is only divided into two longer parts. But just like on Captain Beyond, some moments are soft and mellow, others are loud and hard rocking, yet others are funky or psychedelic.

The whole piece is well structured and carefully arranged and there is not much room for mindless improvisation, psychedelic jamming, or virtuoso soloing. The bass sound is loud and strong throughout. On some passages the bass guitar and the electric guitar remind me slightly of Chris Squire and Steve Howe respectively. It is hard to compare this album to works by other bands. Some say this is similar to Pink Floyd or Hawkwind, but not very much, in my opinion. This is a pretty unique band and much better, in my opinion, than early Floyd or Hawkwind.

The lead vocals are not the best, but certainly not bad either. However, the backing vocals are quite good and make up for whatever inadequacies the lead vocalist has. The lyrics are quite interesting and unusual. The instruments involved, however, are basically just the traditional ones - electric guitar, bass, drums and organ. So you will not find any flutes, violins or Moog synthesiser solos etc. here. The progressiveness of this music is in the composition and not in the instrumentation.

Nektar's best album and a minor classic, an excellent addition to any Prog collection

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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