I admit, I do not know much about this band, but they do seem to be very popular. I had heard several song clips from internet radio and liked what I heard, so when their new album, The Floor's Too Far Away, was released, I decided to give them a fair shot. It's absolutely delightful!
The album is all instrumental, full of avant-fusion-style sounds, and in no way is it boring. There are funky beats, soaring synths, and eclectic melodies, all which combine to make the music interesting.
This is not my usual type of music, but the Ozrics have a way of taking this sound and pushing it much further than, say, Vangelis or Tangerine Dream. The Floor's Too Far Away has tidbits of excitement in it and even rocks in places, especially in the song Spacebase. I also like the ethnic flavor provided in many of the songs.
This album has the potential of turning me into a fan, especially now that I am curious about their other albums. I can see what the fuss is all about now. They tend to tour heavily, so I'd love to catch one of their live acts someday.
Ozric Tentacles have a long history and a faithful following. This album should not disappoint their hardcore fans. I would recommend it for beginners as well.
Reviewed by Melissa Palmer on September 9th, 2006