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Tangerine Stoned: Tangerine Stoned
Tangerine Stoned 2013 Debut Album Review

Tangerine Stoned: Tangerine Stoned

Blues/Psychedelic Rock

Somebody's been digging into their father's, or grandfather's, record collection. They've been listening to recordings of The Doors, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Traffic, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Cream, among others. Those people are the band Tangerine Stoned, from Italy, delivering their self-titled debut album on Moonlight Records.

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Tangerine Stoned: sober at the moment, or not.

In terms of musical style, there's much swirling around here. The larger context is mid-Sixties to early Seventies rock, injected with psychedelic, blues, acid, stoner, and prog rock. Much of the sound is dependent upon how the guitar leads are expressed, running that range from psychedelic to blues to acid style. Yet, the keyboards also offer atmosphere, from ethereal airiness to whirly tremolo. Chris Jei vocals are the third ingredient, sound at times like Jim Morrison, at other times David Gilmour or a male version of Clare Torrey (Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, Great Gig in the Sky). Finally, there's the simple fact that this band didn't just listen to those albums, they heard them as well. They have their collective fingers on the pulse and style of this classic rock.

To that end, Clean Windows will remind you of a Doors song twisted with early Pink Floyd. Blues in Door is plucky blues enlivened with Hammond organ and harmonica. Dirty Ceiling reaches for the chunky crunchy riffs of Cream with marching drums and whirling organ tremolo. L'Urlo della Strega (Scream of the Witch) reflects a Pink Floyd vibe circa somewhere between Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon with Jei channeling those Torrey vocals.

Anybody who grew up or lived in those times (which I did) will find a kindred spirit in the music created by Tangerine Stoned. This debut more than merely channels that spirit, it resurrects it with creativity and authenticity. Quite recommended.

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In Short

Tangerine Stoned's debut more than merely channels that spirit of Sixties psychedelic blues rock, it resurrects it with creativity and authenticity. Quite recommended.

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