Hailing from Baltimore, The Flying Eyes are releasing their second effort. While they shared the stage with iconic musicians like Jeff Beck and Hawkwind, the ideas for this recording started to evolved, and it shows.
I was not that impressed at first and their description of "the best 70's sound since The Doors "seemed exaggerated at first. The vocals felt too clean and nasal for my liking too. Then, something happened and I guess that is what you can call a grower, because this album kept on getting better and better. So there I was going from unimpressed to blown away! I mean these guys have really captured the spirit of the late 60's early 70's. The Flying Eyes do deserve their description of heavy psychedelic rock. You can feel their inspiration taken from Cream, The Yardbirds, The Doors, Humble Pie and Black Sabbath. They are mixing elements of blues, psychedelic, rock, doom, and even a touch of southern rock & country here and there! Yes this is a cool album people! They have re-created the spirit of that era so well, that you feel like you are travelling back to those gone by times. This makes us older folk feel younger once again! Their psychedelic vibe is all over the place; the crafty work of guitar playing with various effect pedals and slide. I did not hear any keyboards and very few samplings are involved, like back then. You get a steady dose of that goodness up until track #6, "Sundrop". Opening up by clean guitar work, it turns into something a band like Jefferson Airplane and The Yardbirds could have written. "Overboard" is a winning formula of blues, acoustic guitars and psychedelia; another freaking good composition. This is only followed by an as cool piece called "Done so Wrong". This one blends a bit of experimental touch with doom, clean guitars and more psychedelic patterns. Closing track "Leave It All Behind" is so cool that it is my favorite tune. Catchy acoustic riffs, harmonica, slide and banjo make for a Pink Floyd meets Rolling Stones in a brotherly reunion. I could not help but picking up my newly acquired axe after hearing this one!
I think you got the idea as to how pleasant this flashback is, so make sure you grab your copy!
1- Death Don't Make me Cry
2- Poison the Well
3- Nowhere to Run
5- Heavy Heart
8- Done so Wrong
10- Leave it All Behind