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Great and very original
H. Boertjens | Netherlands | 02/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the albums I cherish the most. Songs like "stillborn" and "rite to life" are fantastic. Lyric wise this is top of the bill. "Next stop, Chapel Perilous" is one of the best songs ever recorded. Progressive, epic and exciting.
"I don't know where I'm going, but there is no where that I'd rather be" has become my personal motto.
The second album 'wonderdrug' is great as well, but not just as great at the first album. It does have the most original song title: 'smile mother, your baby's gonna be a failure' which starts as some f**ked up cover of 'dancing in the street'
After the band split up Max Vanderwolf released a solo album as MVP titled: 'an all star musical tribute to Max Vanderwolf 1969 - 1996' which is the most original album title I ever came across. This album is more Zappa-ish and misses the groove of the Naked Sun albums, but still is worth the buy if you ever come across it.
Max has formed a new band recently and a new album will be released early 2006. The band is called Last Man Standing. The music is different from the Naked Sun stuff (I am fortunate enough to have a preliminary copy of the record), but it sounds great. They are based in London and have the occasional gig there.
Te Londonist described them as "London's best unsigned band". I hope a record company will end this status soon. Anyone out there?"
Sigitas Velyvis | Lithuania, Europe | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band has released two excellent albums but never got the deserved recognition. I like this album even much more than their second one "Wonderdrug". It contains some true masterpieces of weird psychedelic/prog rock. The first track "The Moment" begins quietly and then develops into solid piece of an intelligent music with a bit crazy melodic vocals. "A Song On Fire" is a classic dynamic prog song which reminds me a bit of Rush, while "Rite To Life" tends more towards Faith No More or Red Hot Chili Peppers because of funky bass parts. Every song on the CD (except several short inserts like "Rest Area" etc.) is great, but the highlights are "Stillborn" with incredible vocal parts and the 12 minutes epos "Next Stop, Chapel Perilous" where Naked Sun musically are just as good as Dream Theater on their two first records! Very recommended for all fans of innovative avantgarde rock/metal."