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Kula Shaker
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Kula Shaker
Title: Strangefolk
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 2/19/2008
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: British Alternative, Europe, Britain & Ireland
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 711297333022

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A triumphant return for a band that was missed...
Forceten | New Jersey | 02/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"At first listen, I wasn't sure what to make of this record. It seemed to be going in various directions. And after the bombast and wall of noise in previous album tracks like Tattva, Hey Dude, Govinda, and Mystical Machine Gun, well, I was expecting more of the same.

After giving it a second and third listen, I "got it". I didn't need to hear more of the same - but what I heard I fell in love with.

Make no mistake - this is Mills and Bevan at their swirling, powerful, 60's/70's fueled musical soundscape creating best. But this is an older, wiser, smarter band - a band that spent 7 months on the road learning how to play together again - a band that learned what it means to kick back and jam (and like few can do, make it SOUND like you're sitting down, sipping a top-shelf drink, and _feeling_ the groove in a nice, comfortable dark bar).

Mills still can snarl and seduce - sometimes in back to back verses. But while he still throws a few political barbs in, he does it with a sense of humor and a laid-back attitude. He isn't taking it so seriously anymore - and to great effect. Some critics (like the perception-first rag NME) tossed this album off as an also-ran band, making fun of Great Dictator -- but they've missed the point. It's meant to be silly, it's meant to be tongue in cheek. And fun. It has a point, but we're not going to lose sleep over it.

The influences are all over the place. McCartney. Lennon. Dylan. Floyd. 90's Britrock. And, Old Kula Shaker. But they pull it off - they don't sound like they're copying anyone's sound. And the album gets stronger as it goes on.

The only real 'miss' is the title track; but it's more of an intermission than a song.


Out on the Highway - 2nd UK single - nice beat to get your feet tapping and head bobbing.

Second Sight - lead UK single - produced by Sam Williams (who has produced much by Supergrass), I sort of hear a bit of The Animalhouse here; great power track.

Song Of Love / Narayana - What can I say - this is Kula Shaker - the Indian instruments blend in nicely; the Indian chorus is quite trippy. Well put together. A major highlight.

Shadowlands - This one has a Lennon-esque feel. Nice, soft, melodic track.

Fool That I Am - oh, this one is neat. Nice classic rock poppy vibe, with a real neat hard organ that sounds like The Doors.

Also fantastic Hurricane Season (evokes a bit of Dylan and Folk), and 6ft Down Blues (great groove and superlative bass line).

Overall - *****. Highly recommended. A return to form. A tight band. The production is fantastic and well balanced, and the recording's clean.

Give it a listen or three - I guarantee you'll fall in love with it."
Martin Endara Crespo | Somewhere only we know! (ECU) | 03/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

This album is fantastic. As somebody already mentioned it Strangefolk shows a mature band doing things right. I like that in this album the Hindu influence is small, and I'm glad about this cause that was something they already explode and was about time to listen something different.

What I really like about this album is the psychedelic approach that heavy 70`s influence in here, the organ, the guitars, the vocals in songs like Dr. Kitt where you can almost hear the doors.

Im being honest here I was not expecting this album to be this good but is like fresh air, its original on its own context without being a novelty.

Get it you wont be dissapointed.