Steam Powered Aereo-Takes

John Hartford

Steam Powered Aereo-Takes

January 22, 2002


Steam Powered Aereo-Takes features nearly an hour of song sketches, outtakes, demos, impromptu jams, and goofing-off suites made during the recording of the 1971 LP Aereo-Plain. While it doesn't necessarily hold together as a full album, it's a fun listen with many subtle highlights, bridging the gap between traditional bluegrass songs and psychedelic hippie meanderings.

- Zac Johnson




October 25, 2011

Heavy Metal

While still owing aesthetic debt to Dream Theater, Stratovarius, and Symphony X, the high standards here remind listeners that this genre sandbox is big enough for everyone to play in. This date clearly shows musical growth over the previous year's Aquarius, offering tightened arrangements and a sharpened balance between songwriting acumen and displays of instrumental prowess.

- Eduardo Rivadavia