Klaatu

Magentalane

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Originally issued in 1981, Klaatu's fifth and final album, Magentalane, is highlighted by the elegiac ballad "December Dream," an homage to the recently slain John Lennon that eerily mirrors the fallen Beatle's own late-period work. Even with the mystery of their identities long ago solved, Klaatu still recalls the Fab Four with remarkable accuracy: "I Don't Wanna Go Home" conjures vintage McCartney, while "Mrs. Toad's Cookies" is like a Yellow Submarine track left on the cutting room floor. "A Million Miles Away" and "The Love of a Woman," on the other hand, bring to mind Electric Light Orchestra -- inspiration once removed.

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