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The full title of this album is Extended Revelation For The Psychic Weaklings Of Western Civilization. The music is actually beautiful and not pretentious like the title. A bit more focused than their debut. This hour-long effort focuses on the trippy ethereal side of the group's personality. Bjorn Olsson's sterling, ultra-atmospheric guitar work is the group's secret weapon. Originally released in 1998.
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Extended Relevation may, at first, seem like a knock off of Soft Machine or early Waters era Pink Floyd. Once you get past the doodles and music references, you'll discover a blend of rich melodies and guitar riffs worth trudging through the first couple of tracks for. ER like the follow up EP Gimme Five is less about a walk down music memory lane and more about pulling out all the stops without being ashamed about the influences the band proudly wear on their collective sleeve. It's not the band's most cohesive work nor most commerical (Behind The Music fits into both of those slots). It's clear, however, listening to the music that TSOOL have found a way of having their cake (playing hommage to their influences)and eating it, too (trying to capture a mass audience).
ER earned a five star review on the AMG site. While I think that's a bit too generous (like many of their reviews I might add), 4 stars seems appropriate once you get past the filler on this fine album. If you like 70's rock with a 21st century sensibility, you'll like EX and The Soundtrack of Our Lives. If you're looking for tuneless moaning, I'd suggest listeing to anything by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's (a band long on hype but short on substance) or The Vines (ditto).
The atmosphere of the songs is profoundly '60s, but with the full sound of the '90s. Sometimes there is this massive sound of guitars and organ, but most songs are more introvert. There is a distinct psychedelic touch to many of the songs on this album, but they are never boring like psychedelic songs of the sixties tend to be after a while. This is an album that needs listening to in peace and quiet, high volume, eyes closed.
Many bands have gone back to the sound of the sixties, Soundtrack of our Lives, although sometimes reminiscent of bands like Kula Shaker, or even Black rebel Motorcycle Club, has managed to do this in their own, very special way.
The band seem to be a lot more relaxed with this affair, as opposed to the faster and more urgent Behind the Music. This does not mean that this album is all laid back folky whimslings however. It is at times meaty, rocky and toe tapping but it retains a psychedelic aura that makes this album a supreme pleasure on the ears.
Alikened to Kula Shaker, and also supporting them on tour, Crispian Mills (Kula Shaker's lead vocalist and guitarist) once declared the Soundtrack of Our Lives as the 'best band in the world ever', although this may be a little tounge in cheek, he does make the point that this band is very special, and hopefully one that can keep up its excellent musical past.