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Germination
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2003
This album represents Lotus in a live setting, doing what they do best: melding a variety of musical styles together to create mesmerizing, danceable, and at times, hypnotic grooves.
The first track is a cerebreal journey that starts off very calm, then begins to slowly build to a very melodic guitar riff which launches the band into a solid groove with stellar interplay between each band member.
The second track, beginning with some catchy keyboard lines, is much more upbeat, with a very electronic feel to it. Layered keyboard lines, multiple guitars, heavy percussion, and driving drums will keep your ears occupied and your feet tapping the ground to the beat.
Track three, Crescent, starts with haunting guitar lines that slowly build throughout the duration of this short tune, culminating with a barrage of drums and percussion, then tapering back down again before the song ends.
Track four is a very up-beat danceable number at the start, then seemlessly morphs into a dark, trancy jam.
Caywood, the fifth track on the album, has a latin feel to it, with lots of interplay between the guitarists, very interesting time signatures, and great percussion work.
The final track provides driving bass lines that guide the band through some dark territory before slowing down to allow the listener time to digest the whole Germination experience as the last few minutes of the album glide by.
Whether you are a fan of electronic music, jamband music, or simply appreciate good music with a certain level of improvisation, this album is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
This cd has quite a few long tracks....I mean nearing 20 minutes long. That's what makes it so dope. Can't say that there is one track on this Cd that I would be willing to skip. Pick it up, pick it up!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2005
This music is extremely simple.. composed of jazzy guitars and drums with quick jabs of high pitched synthesizer, I found this album a little too much to listen to all the way through the first time. There is defenitely more natural instruments than anything synthetic. The drummer is excellent, as is the guitarists, but the music in itself is a little bland if you've never heard anything like it before. After the second listening, I found it to be very relaxing. It's defenitely something you have to get used to. The melody lacks alot though, and can be repetative if it's all your focusing on is catchy electronic melodies .It defenitely requires patience. If you're looking for something upbeat and catchy like The first New deal cd, this is not for you. If you're looking for something more simple, with elements of jazz and funk with great percussion and soft organic electronic undertones and cheerful chirpy melodies, this is for you. ^_^
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2011
I love how lotus seamlessly moves between the get down and the soothing bliss that comes pouring out during their calmer songs. Way too often one finds that words simply complicate music and I do love that Lotus is on that wavelength. I do like their albums, but seeing them live is something else entirely. Looking forward to seeing them at Wakarusa this June in Arkansas. See you there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2004
While this is a top 10 live album, it doesn't do the live Lotus sound justice. If you have yet to see them live it will rock your f**kin' socks!
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I have to first state that I think Lotus -Nomad is by far their best album. I really like the guitar sound and rhythm section on that particular album. It flows so well from beginning to end... and is such a complete album. I thought I should state that so that the review of this album makes sense in comparison. Ultimately to help you better decide and rate this album for others. Knowing the benchmark, will help you decide. Germination is a live album with very long jams. There are no vocals on this album and I really like that fact. The vocals that arrive on later Lotus endeavors seem to take something away from the feel of the music. I like Germination as a close second to Nomad, and an awesome live album. It is so much better than the later Lotus material... in my humble opinion.
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on December 9, 2003
Over an hour of relentless ambient trance funk recorded live! Germination is full to the brim with slow-rising grooves, majestic guitars, and spaced-out synthesizers that form this band's limitless sound. Prepare to initialize dance activities!
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on December 14, 2011
About par for the coarse when it comes to an electrifying band in the live setting churning out a studio album. Good music on this album, but if you want the real wow factor, go see them live.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2003
This CD is assume. My favorite is the second track with the keyboards. Has to be one of my all time favorite jams.
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on May 1, 2014
Early Lotus live shows were something special. This may not be as fun as a bootleg, but the quality is great and the song selection is classic.
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