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Acid Baby Jesus - Lilac Days

by Mark Steele Rating:6 Release Date:2017-09-29
Acid Baby Jesus - Lilac Days
Acid Baby Jesus - Lilac Days

That colour which apparently comes across blue in a pink room and pink in a blue room, is somehow where the tonal deliveries of Acid Baby Jesus lie. The Athens fourmost, Noda - Guitar, Marko - Drums, Tili - Bass, and Dox - Guitar,  all contribute the vocals on here for their third album entitled Lilac Days. Comprised of nine simple yet effective vintage style psych-rock cuts, possibly slicing above some, and buffered by many others in what has become a saturated revived genre. Not to complain though, as one added thing they bring to the table is their cultural folk palette, which adds an extra layer.

The title opener and tone setter for the rest of the album "Lilac Days" reeks of some well-known 60's psych rock mainstreamers. Thanks to the clean, jangly guitars gliding over lethargic bass and drum-steady rocking, songs such as the follower "Faces Of Janus" show a riskier, hypnotic potential, especially in the attention-grabbing finale of the song. As the recording moves forward you get the idea we are back in dandy old 1967 for the duration. The era comes alive with a guitar-led Velvet Underground-esque burning thump, which accompanies the St.Pepper-tinged, melodic, horns-laden "No Such Thing As Twice." It's a great melding of The Byrds and The Beatles in the mid-late period. The latter tune "Birth," measures up in vocals and harmony with those previously mentioned icons. This could be a bard's gathering; a retelling of ancient deities and floral observations held in an icy organ's grip.

A big highlight appears with "Down The Ley Lines," a melodically bright and confident Stones-ish number, which starts with an acoustic chord movement that allows some great sounding drums in to really jolt it along with more of a purpose. Equally Jaggery and garage rocking, we have the loudly bright "Me & Panormita," a neat arrangement with a safe guitar solo. The band expresses a punk palette on the driving "Guide Us In," and on the mellow jam "Vile Man," melancholic piano drove the tune from midpoint, but was disappointingly cut short. The locked down, clever end-groove "Love Has Left My House Today" parades a catchy set of Hollies-type vocals providing a daunting atmosphere, complimenting the light-bearing run of arpeggios at the end.

Lilac Days seems more restrained and functional as a psych rock album as Acid Baby Jesus lay aside the bite and coarse delivery of their debut album. You have to pick out what is doing it for you on this album, as it may not produce the same intended colours for everyone to admire.

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