The Road Leads Where It's Led
Dallas trio Secret Machines continue their obsession for lavish time consuming forays into progressive pop with the follow up to the equally drawn out and ludicrously titled ‘Now Here Is Nowhere’. Combining elements of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Radiohead on the elongated ‘Astral Weeks’ has its merits, but in the main the album is far too self indulgent for it’s own good. ‘Money’ (That’s What I Want)-ironically tinged with Pink Floyd-isms and the nine minute epic ‘Girl from the North Country’ become abject exercises in tedium, lacking continuity or hooks. The U2 tinged title track aside this is a disappointment. Six tracks with a running time of 38 minutes paints a picture in itself!