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Sky Valley

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Perhaps no band mastered sludgy, desert-style rock like Kyuss, and "Welcome To Sky Valley" may well be the best evidence of that fact. Everything just came together for them on this album: epic songwriting, infectious grooves, and killer instrumental chops. While there are definite nods here to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Kyuss transcended their influences to create a unique sound that's just a sheer blast to listen to. While this album's predecessor "Blues For The Red Sun" has generated a bit more acclaim, if you want to get into Kyuss I suggest you start here.
With the exception of the brief (but funny) closer "Whitewater," "Welcome To Sky Valley" is composed of a mere three tracks, each topping fourteen minutes and subdivided into three sections. In other words, the beginnings and ends of the tracks are pretty much arbitrary. They do have one common denominator, though: they all rule. Each one is rich in experimentation and variety, encompassing hard-driving metal, trippy extended jams, and even some gentle acoustic passages.
What really elevated Kyuss to the top of the stoner/desert rock heap was the stunning virtuosity of the musicians, especially guitarist Josh Homme. I love Queens of the Stone Age, but I had no idea how good a guitarist Josh was until I started listening to Kyuss. His work with this band really is like nothing else I've ever heard. His riffs are often crushingly heavy, but they're also some of the most catchy and memorable in all of rock, and his leads are just as good. Brant Bjork's drumming is every bit as impressively technical as on "Blues For The Red Sun," and Scott Reeder's bass mirrors the guitars perfectly to add some extra heaviness. And John Garcia's wailed, gravelly vocals are the perfect complement to the band's sound.
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Boy oh boy did I make a good decision, I passed up the chance to buy Pantera's new one for Sky Valley by Kyuss. I'd never actually heard Kyuss's music, but I'd heard a great deal about them. So I gave it a try, and damn this one is right there with TooL(my fav band). Kyuss has a unique sound and they're music is like nothing you'll ever hear. From Gardenia to Whitewater this is a great musical journey. The music really touches your soul. Though it would be hard to pick a favorite song I'd have to say Space Cadet is the standout track of the entire album. It really takes you away, whenever I listen to it (or the album in general) it's like I'm in another world.It's said the best music is the music you can fall asleep to well here it is. I strongly recomend you listen to this album while reading Tolkien for that mystical journey feel and the not knowing what to expect sort of feeling, because this album is full of suprises. Once you've heard Gardenia(opening song) you'll be in awe. Kyuss had the talent and the balls to do something different and thought they never made it big, they will forever be remembered by those who have heard they're music. Once you've heard the music you'll be hooked and everything else (aside from TooL, soungarden and a few other metal bands)namely rapcore or numetal whatever you want to label that ..., will seem like well... Take my advice buy this album, you'll be doing yourself a favor.
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O.K, so your looking for a hard rock album, one thats filled with groove-induced sonic rumblings, multi-layered textures and soaring melodys? well, you've just purchased the right record. From the intense opener of "Gardenia" right down to the none-less majestic conclusion of "Whitewater", this is an album that will be played for years to come. While the first tune is delivered with ferocious intensity, the ante is considerably upped with track number two "Asteroid". And boy oh boy, it just keeps getting better. Imagine yourself floating in space, admiring the view when WHAM!...your head explodes. Yep, thats "Asteroid" alright. And to think... the best is yet to come. Don't let the insane titling of "Supa scoopa and Mighty scoop" put you off, this is rock with an edge. Getting used to the fast paced desert groove? Well don't, as its about to transform into a brutal blues jam, taking no mercy. And this vein is very much continued throughout. 100 degrees is classic Kyuss, while the epic "Cosmic Rider" is Sergeant Pepper with a modern twist. "Demon cleaner" takes us all on a journey, and the albums classic track "Odyssey" packs a heavy punch. The hilariously dubbed "Conan Troutman" will rock you to your foundations,until you reach "N.O", A riff-tastic retro romp. "Whitewater" finally brings us full circle, and lets us all have a well deserved rest. Sound impressive? Sure is. You need this album. 'Nuff said.
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This album is the essence of simple hard, riff-heavy rock, call it `stoner rock' if you will - whatever genre - this will raise the hairs on the back of your neck in a style only the rock gods in the olden days could. This was my first Kyuss album and remains my favourite after going through their discography (which, isn't really much of a feat, it is tragically small). The album's structure is of three pieces, each containing at least three songs, almost creating a medley. At first this structure frustrated me, it wasn't that accessible if I wanted to listen to a part of each long piece, but overall it creates a flow to the album, almost giving it three `movements' each representing different ideas and musically diverse.

The first piece kicks of with `Gardenia' through a powerful muddy, down-tuned riff which progresses through different variations until Garcia's vocals kick in. His voice is brutally raw yet melodic at the same time. I've read some reviewers complaining about his lack of variation, but to me his voice is just perfect, complementing the heavy old-school guitars. `Gardenia' is a mighty opening blow, full of crunching riffs that engulf the listener in a thick haze of distortion. `Asteroid' is a superb instrumental, something Kyuss like to throw into thei albums. It's somewhat progressive in style, built around a simple theme with some mighty crescendos thanks to Homme's advanced song structuring.

`Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoopa' and `100 degrees' are typical Kyuss rockers, great riffs and melodies. `Space Cadet' then follows halfway through piece two, and what a tremendous surprise it is, an utterly beautiful moving ballad. The guitar playing is amongst the finest on the album and Garcia's vocals are, I would argue, diverse to the usual delivery - soft and tender.
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