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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 23-JUN-2009
Top Customer Reviews
Loaded with analog keys, and smooth guitar playing, this is a good cd to close your eyes and drift away with the music. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
With all their flaws, these recordings from the 70's had their own unique sound. It is really hard to describe unless you pull a vinyl album from the time period and listen to it before it was "remastered" onto CD. With big improvements in dynamic range and stereo separation they still had not yet perfected keeping other instruments from bleeding over into other instruments. Microphones were hung over amps, and the amps were cranked up so they naturally picked each other up. Drums, often, were not isolated so they just bled into everything. "Reverb", was added to vocals and anywhere else it sounded "cool". The result was not a muddy sound but a warm fused together sound, completely unlike to sterile sound of today. It just kind of envelopes you.
The music will not be to everyone's liking. Songs are long, half over 10 minutes, and have a real space rock, psychedelic, sound to them. Extended guitar and keyboard solos are the norm. Songs change and evolve. This is real dim the lights, put on the head phones, fire up the incense and lava lamps stuff here. If you can put on Pink Floyds "Meddle" and relish in it then Astra will take you back to that good place.
But, more about the album...
The Weirding feels like a form of transport. It takes you simultaneously to far, fantastic worlds and deep inner places. I know how cheesy that sounds, however, it's very rare that an album can simply fill you and move you. There needs to be much, much more of this in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
all the vintage twisty turny eerie spell binding mesmerizing sounds that you could wantPublished 11 months ago by Jascherm
So many sounds, so many influences. There is nothing new under the sun, sure, but the best bands use what is available and make excellent music. Astra is one of those bands. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Michael S Katz
Loved it from beginning to end. Perfect for fans of classic psychedelic rock. I first heard of these guys when they did a cover of Pink Floyd's "What Shall We Do," and this album... Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Thinkbolt
Amazingly executed, the only complaint anyone could possibly have about this album is it is derivative. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Impala90
My brain has been waiting for an album like this for years. The instrumentation, the performance and maybe most importantly, the production, is classic 70s from start to finish. Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by Fjord Prefect
I bought this CD after hearing the album's best track, "Broken Glass" on the internet and reading the mostly positive reviews here. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Rick H
This album is excellent. It puts me in another place. The atmosphere is peaceful, yet edgy. . .wonderfully weird at times as only great prog rock can be. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Pat
This was an impulse buy based on the Roger Deanesque album cover and music samples. It's a grower! I love it. Mellotron heaven to say the least. Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Nontheistdavid
Astra are one of my most pleasant surprises of the year so far. I picked up the album after it was announced that the band would be playing NEARfest this summer which I will be... Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Steven Sly