Posted: January 25, 2015 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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It’s of no shock that A Million Billion Dying Suns come from San Francisco, home to the Summer of Love and Haight-Ashbury. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the group is psychedelic necessarily, there’s a certain fuzzy interstellar overdrive groove to this material – think of the Flaming Lips if they were floating in space – that some may consider to be such. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the experience of listening to the group’s new album is heightened by ingesting a handful of magic mushrooms before putting this one on the turntable.

First song and promotional track “The Garden” blazes a trail through the atmosphere and rocks out in a distorted fashion. “Real Life”, meanwhile, is what you’d get if T. Rex slashed their speakers. “Afterall” has a baroque style with an introductory harpsichord figure and reverby guitars that bring the song right into the soft rock ‘70s. Basically, what you get with AMBDS is a musical adventure, a trip into the heavens and the inner mind. Even when it doesn’t quite gel, the sheer scope and ambition of this album raises it a notch or two above the standard garage rock or psych rock fare. Smash your heads on the psychedelic rock to this, my friends. A Million Billion Dying Suns are out to expand your consciousness.

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