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Ovid's Garden

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This is a German psychedelic revival band whose members' enthusiasm for the genre can't be denied. The vintage record covers on display in one member's living room not only reek of cannabis, but would probably cause acid flashbacks if someone was left locked in a room with them. As for the music the group has made, it has to be admitted that one of the charms of the garage brand of psychedelia, as opposed to that created by virtuoso musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, is that just about anybody can play it. Sometimes the instruments that the players are able to acquire have more to do with the authenticity of the sound than where somebody might be putting their fingers, and that is meant in a totally musical sense only. This group has the right sound, complete with cheesy organ and some hearty guitar soloing. The decision to devote the entire second to an extended composition entitled "Ovid's Garden" will no doubt make or break potential admirers of this ensemble. The band is able to sustain energy and involvement as the piece proceeds, and though hearing them jam isn't going to make anyone forget Jefferson Airplane or Spirit, it isn't half bad...for a garage band. Vocals are the weakest link, because there is something missing in terms of emotion. Some of the songs sound like a rock band performing for someone's grandmother, going through the motions but holding back at the same time.

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