donderdag 12 januari 2012

Pothead – Learn to Hypnotize!


Pothead – Learn to Hypnotize!
Janitor / Edel - 1997
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****


Pothead’s Learn To Hypnotize! album from 1997 is viewed by fans and critics alike as a true masterpiece and a musical landmark. The record is made up out their snappy and dry version of stonerrock on one side and their meditative melodies and rhythms on the other side. Spiced up with an incredible ability to tell strong stories in a very distinct voice. And their aptitude in creating sophisticated arrangements with intelligent breaks and dust-dry signature riffs. The record is almost completely made up out of laid-back grooves, and is therefore the perfect album for a lazy Sunday or a night full of creativity. The few harder explosions are a welcome wake-up call to the otherwise extremely hypnotic nature of the record. The follow-up EP Pot of Gold from 1998 came after an extensive battle with the record company, which ended up shelving the never released album Flubber Soul. And even though Fairground from 1999 had the biggest recording budget and was probably produced in the most extensive way; it suffered from way too much sound compression and therefore the sound got lost in the void. And above all; both never equaled Learn To Hypnotize…

3 opmerkingen:

  1. Learn to Hypnotize! Indeed; a superb record!

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  2. Fairground is also damn good. Listen to a track like Chess. Amazing.

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