The Human Instinct

Stoned Guitar

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The Human Instinct's second album, lamentably, serves as an exhibit of how early '70s heavy, bluesy rock has dated more poorly than almost any other rock genre. All but one of the half-dozen songs stretches over the seven-minute mark, with lot of space given over to Billy TK's sub-Hendrix and -Clapton guitar noodlings. No, you don't get many covers of Dennis Wilson's "Black Sally," but their interpretation does not do the Beach Boy many favors. When the rather attractive acoustic ballad "Tomorrow" (on which TK does not play) comes on, it's a shock of relief. But then it's on to the closing ten-minute live cover of Rory Gallagher's "Railway and Gun," a suitable endpiece for this period piece.

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