Half Notes: Secret Machines – The Road Leads Where It's Led (2005)

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The secret of the Machines is that they have an addictively fun, poundingly-heavy beat that is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, and they have a penchant for really stretching out their compositions for texture and emphasis. It’s prog-rock without the slightest hint of twee frilliness. Road was an EP with a non-album track, “Better Bring Your Friends,” and covers of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” the Motown classic “Money (That’s What I Want)” (you decide who of the many, many artists who handled this tune they’re aping), Bob Dylan’s take on the traditional “Girl from the North Country,” and Harmonia’s “(De Luxe) Immer Wieder.” It wasn’t, of course, absolutely necessary, but certainly worth keeping in the back of your mind for those times when you just want to hear something new and fun.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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