Toping the sun scortched monster that is "blues for the red sun" is impossible, thats a given. But for Kyuss, they deserve a whole hell of alot of credit for trying. Almost as powerful and moving as there previouse album, "Sky Valley" doesnt have a bad song on it. This really is one of my favorite albums EVER.
Great for everything. Walking to school? Sky Valley. Getting stoned? Sky Valley. Driving fast? Sky Valley. With
every song melding perfectly into each other a la progressive rock, Kyuss manage to create a stoner
masterpiece, with hints of neo-psychedelia.
Kyuss had just released the ferocious metal masterpiece Blues for the Red Sun and now they had to top it. I think that they did because this album is more mature, psychedelic, and atmospheric than Blues while staying incredibly heavy. This album could be seen as a bridge between the mellower Circus and the heavy Blues since it includes spacey material such as Demon Cleaner, Whitewater, and Space Cadet. It is more straight ahead than Blues as well since the floaty instrumentals are gone for the most part which increases the overall flow of the record. So overall, an amazing album by an incredible band. Definitely their masterpiece as well as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s.
Really this album would be completely and absolutely flawless if it weren't for "Lick Doo". That shit doesn't kill the mood, it violently slaughters it and then takes a few dumps on its deformed face while jacking off. Whose fucking idea was that?
Kyuss' most consistent album. I may prefer to listen to some of the great tracks of "Blues for the Red Sun" more often, but this album definitely portrays were Kyuss have been brought-en to. The for-front of their own genre. Sky Valley shows them at their most confident and feeding off each others energy more than ever. Classic album, bar none.
This may well be the greatest stoner rock album ever created. The bass-work by Scott Reeder is spectacular and has more than its fair share of time in the spotlight. The vocals remind me of Opiate era Tool and only increased this album's appeal. This is a truly amazing record and should be listened to by everyone.