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Similarly Requested CDs
Cs Gibson | London UK | 09/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stunning psychedelic guitar with EXTREMELY heavy guitar, hippy ambience, heavy riffs beautiful walls of sound. I CANNOT RECOMMEND LEVITATION ENOUGH! Buy 'Coterie' as well cos they both are vital to show how good they were, how varied.....oh ill shut up now just BUY it!"
Self-Destructing Turnip, | NY, USA | 06/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oh, how I love this album! I bought it on complete impulse, mainly based on the awesomeness of its whacked-out album cover. However, I quickly realised that there's an awful lot more to Levitation than mindbending collage. The band was fatefully and unfortunately shortlived - they had some pretty weighty aspirations, according to what I've read, but never came through on them. Regardless, Need For Not should logically make a mark in the history of psychedelic/progressive rock. "Arcs of Light and Dew" is a beautiful gem of shifting sounds and lovely lyrics. "Smile" is a magically powerful rock song, both visceral and vivid. "Embedded" and "Coterie" shimmer with pseudo-shoegaze flourish. Sadly, the production values aren't quite on par with what this band/album required, and that's really my only complaint! Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates intelligent music."
Terry Bickers' Short-Lived Dream
J. Merritt | 08/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Shame It's Out-of-Print" File grows. Founded in 1990 by former House of Love guitarist Terry Bickers, Levitation only lasted four years before first Bickers left and then the band broke up. Bickers may be a total whack-job (stories of his idiosyncracies abound), but there's no denying that he and Levitation carved out a unique sound in their brief career.
There's really no one with whom Levitation can be compared. It's rock, certainly, and fairly heavy rock at that. Bickers liked to call them progressive, but that tends to evoke images of Genesis and Rush and Yes and Pink Floyd in most people's minds. Levitation sounded nothing like those bands, nor did they particularly resemble modern proggers like Dream Theater. There was something more cut-loose about Levitation, less tied to song structure. Every time you thought one of their songs was going to cozy up to a melody, all hell would break loose in a psychedelic swirl of spazzing guitars and frantic drumming. It would've been an annoying mess if there hadn't been underlying genuis at work. As it was, the talent showed through and there was more method than madness (though there was more than enough of the latter).
I'm probably failing to communicate why you should make the effort to find this album (and their other full-length release "Coterie," which is more of a hodge-podge but still great). Perhaps that's a testament to Levitation's singularity. Perhaps they represented what Porcupine Tree would sound like if Steven Wilson was very angry and did enough acid. Hard to say. One thing that's easy to say is that "Need For Not" is an unpolished and undiscovered gem. Levitation came, they saw, they conquered themselves. They did leave behind a trail of wonderful debris, though."