Strange Guys marks the change from the early-'70s cosmic sound to more basic music. "Aeronaut" already starts with a distorted hard rock guitar; the tracks get shorter and are more like usual rock songs with long guitar solo parts, sometimes using a talk-box that triggers the guitar sound by the voice. The wide synthesizer and Mellotron arrangements disappeared, therefore, the synthesizers were used for effects or strong and rhythmic voices mainly. Also, the lyrics got more down to earth. Beside some typical fantasy stories, they deal with daily life and dreams of musicians.
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AllMusic Review by Klaus Kehrle