L -3 1/2 stars
Warren W. Nelson | Mooresville, NC USA | 09/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After steve hillage's magnificent debut, much less his incredible work with gong which practically defined the role of space rock guitar, the sophmore 'L' is a somewhat more staight ahead performance. This album still participates in the joyous cosmology but also introduces more basic songcraft('electrick gypsy' 'it's all too much') where his personality becomes more clearly defined. Though not as spectacular as 'fish rising', this album literally has astounding psychedelic guitar work all over it with the excellant support of utopia(particularly the bass). 'lunar music suite' meanders a tad, and some of the songs toward the end are weaker than the others, but the guitar work is beyond superb."
A bit inferior than "Fish rising" but it's more personal !!
Lethe | Milan, Italy | 01/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first time that Steve Hilage looked for a personal music path of his own, quite far away from the style of Gong ... unlike his best album "Fish rising", very avantgarde and Canterbury oriented, in the vein of early Gong, this album is less connected to such style, being enriched with his own 70's guitar excursions. This Todd Rundgren's production is strong and finally points out the definitive guitar style by Hilage. The track "Electric gypsies" sets the standard for the style of his forthcoming works; instead the last 3 tracks remain quite linked to the Canterbury style of Gong. The best track probably is "Hurdy Gurdy Man", which tells the story of a strange minstrel, who reminds us of some feelings of Hilage, searching for love (according to the 70's hippie tradition)... in fact this minstrel sings love songs, then the rhythm grows and finally it leads to a aggressive guitar solo !!Well it's not the best canteburian work, but naturally is recommended if you like Gong and other 70's stuff ..."