In classic music critic fashion (see: rollingstone writers, anthony fantano) I'm gonna give a review of the new Galactic Cowboys album after only listening to it thrice. This review reflects my serious thoughts, only I've intentionally written it to be obnoxious. For best results, read with anthony fantano inflections, and visualize me doing bunny ears whenever you read something "in quotes".
Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back To The Moon
While a return of the original line-up, it's not necessarily a return to the original form.
Galactic Cowboys new album, while not everything I could have hoped for,
sure was worthwhile nonetheless. The return of the old line-up, sort of, eeeehhhh, planted a seed in fans minds which had them believe that the new album would be proggy like Space In Your Face was. After the first two singles were released, that's
Internal Masquerade and Zombies, it was clear that this album would not
be a complete and total return to form. Instead, we get three solid classic Galactic Cowboy prog tracks, and then a few "new galactic cowboys" tracks which vary in quality. Some are great, but the rest? Eeeehhhh, not so much. The three tracks that are reminiscent of their first two albums are In The Clouds, Amiserawas, and the title track. As a side note it makes sense that In The Clouds sounds like a return to form because, well, it's actually a two decade old song they wrote when they first formed as a band, soooo yeaahhh...
In The Clouds and Amiserawas are reminiscent of classic cowboys, but with small differences from their classic tracks like, say, I Do What I Do, My School, or No Problems (all of which are epic tracks by the way).
Amiserawas introduces some neoclassical guitar playing while Long Way Back To The Moon features Monty on lead vocals. As for the rest
of the tracks on this album, they're for the most part good, and there's only a few songs and moments which have left me disappointed. One thing that's notable is that there's rapping in certain tracks, and while this isn't an entirely new feature of theirs (they explored it on the album The Horse That Bud Bought)
, they seemed to have overdone it on this album and I don't really care for it. Alan also sings in a sort of frantic nervous cartoon character voice in tracks like Losing Ourselves and... I'm not sure how I, feel. about. that...
But it's an interesting touch nonetheless, I mean *makes hand motions*. There's not many songs which blow me away lyrically, and that's kind of a bummer because that's something which I've really liked about Galactic Cowboys albums in the past. There's always been a few songs each album which have had really good lyrical themes as well as Bob Dylan tier lines. With this album I'm not seeing that, with generous exceptions to the title track and Internal Masquerade. While the songwriting on this album isn't necessarily on par, the instrumentation is... Impressive! It might not have the "wow
"-factor that the first two albums did, but there's a hint of it. The music is back to being (*pushes up glasses*) very heavy and the guitar solos are fantastic, making Dane Sonnier's return to the band palpable. This is, all in all, a good album and worth checking out. I give this one a semi-weak 7/10, and although it's only a 7/10 album, it's still the AOTY (most likely).
Internal Masquerade, Blood In My Eyes, In The Clouds, Long Way Back To The Moon, Amiserawas
Hate Me, Drama
Edited by Mr. Not, 17 November 2017 - 09:38 PM.