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Nektar: Man in the Moon (Remaster)

Nektar's last album before their long hiatus is finally available on CD, ramastered and sporting some nice live photographs of the band in the CD booklet. For Nektar purists, this might be one of the bands weaker recordings as far as their brand of psychedelic prog goes, as the group chose to go the commercial hard rock road on this 1980 release.

Tunes like "Can't Stop You Now", "Too Young to Die", and "We", just scream early 80's pop/metal, with rousing chorus' and slick guitar & keyboard passages. This might have been a good formula for REO Speedwagon or Survivor, but it sounds kind of strange to hear this legendary act performing this kind of material. That being said, there is still a lot to enjoy here, such as the emotional title track, which features some great driving organ from Allan Freeman, and the lethal guitar work of Roye Albrighton on the song "Torraine."

If you were expecting hints of Tab in the Ocean or even Recycled, then you had better look elsewhere. Man in the Moon is a decent slice of poppy hard rock, but somewhat of a prog dissapointment considering the bands legacy. In fact, this album turned out to be the bands final recording, until a reunion in 2001 brought them back on the map.

Added: July 23rd 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Nektar Official Website
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Language: english

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