Reviewed by Eric Saeger
With Florence and the Machine making Grace Slick cool again, it’s important to pay attention to every bunch of second-hand hippy fashion plates that barge in. Album opener ‘Ferris Wheel’ dredges up every 60s acid-pop trick in the book, including an irresistible Spanky And Our Gang vocal round and phase-shifting the whole mix for maximum mushroom effect (they pull that again in the dirgey ‘The Dam’, immediately bringing Zep’s ‘Kashmir’ to mind). The Jerry Garcia-esque solo-flecked ‘Give It To You’ wants to be a female Crosby Stills & Nash, and such-and-so, but if anything sticks out it’s these girls’ love of mellotron, the distinctive prehistoric keyboard that never fooled anyone into thinking it was a full orchestra but died trying – you get it, the Flower Power authenticity level is through the roof. While all this is going on, they give a sideways nod to King Is Dead-era Decembrists with Celtic banger ‘Wyld Maiden’.
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