Friday 7 June 2019
Nektar - Evolution (2004)
The tenth album from this British band.
The band was now a quartet with a lineup of guitars, drums, bass, percussion, piano, organ, keyboards, mellotron and vocals.
The standards of Nektar's musical output had not been particular good during the last three albums. The band had become a safe AOR band who did not take many chances.
Roye Albrighton was again at the helm, doing the guitars and vocals. He was the creator of their best music too in the 1970s. That was the decade that made this band.
Their reputation, at least.
Evolution gives us AOR with a lot of pomp rock too. The music is very melodic throughout.
There is some hints of the good old Nektar on this album. But most of it is drowned out in a mix of pomp rock and AOR.
The music is tolerable and not too bad. It is an enjoyable album in it's own right.... during the first listening sessions. It is not an album which last long before it's shortcomings becomes pretty clear.
There are no real great tracks here or any tracks that will live in my memory. The musicians is doing their best with the pretty sub-standard material on this album.
This is therefore an album somewhere between decent and good.