Sun Ra
Lanquidity


4.0
excellent

Review

by O.J. Simpson USER (17 Reviews)
May 17th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sun Ra's not quite as WTF as usual, making this album a bit more cohesive than you'd expect from this weirdo jazz keyboardist.

Sun Ra is one seriously blazed up dude. Have you heard his music" Sun Ra’s main interesting point throughout his career is that, the whole time, he thought he was abducted by aliens. Bizarre, believe you me. What’s stranger, is the fact that his most famous album, produced in the 70s under the name Space Is The Place, is a record that revolves around his obtuse, stoned out of his mind thoughts, and has Sun Ra trying to relate to listeners through hypnotic jazz revolving around spacey effects. It’s horrible, but it’s beautiful, truly wonderful and a highlight in his career. This was in the 1972, when jazz wasn’t supposed to be existing other than the already fading Jam jazz of Miles Davis. Just six years later, Sun Ra, still embracing his craziness, releases a much more sane-appearing record that illuminates his same ideals in much different ways. Lanquidity. Although much less Sun Ra than it is just a regular jazz record, still soaks the listeners brains in.

You see, Sun Ra isn’t really the highlight of this record. Although his keys sort of undertone everything going on in the record, and the repetitive nature of the drums causes some of the music to overlap itself, creating a hypnotic, revolving effect in the music that puts the listener in a sense of lull. Swaying compositions like oddly calm “That’s How I Feel” and the Arabic motions of “Lanquidity” groove to a point while disjointed horns squeal in a way that would make Electric Miles jealous. It’s more of a sum of it’s parts really. The culmination of regular jazz elements to create an off-beat, cruising piece, to where it isn’t quite Space Is The Place Sun Ra, but it is obscure enough to work. At least it is until the harrowing space paranoia of “There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of”, sort of halting the almost-too-peaceful feeling of the rest of Lanquidity. Whispering vocals seethe into whining flutes and loopy keys. It’s truly a trippy experience, and to truly enjoy Sun Ra as much as they can, one must be under the influence. Thank god this album doesn’t QUITE require that much of a listener.



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O.J. Simpson
May 17th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been digging this for a while.

Bulldog
May 17th 2010


3796 Comments


dude is so fucked in the head

ziroth
May 18th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great and to the point review, this album is sweet. pos

bab808
June 25th 2011


456 Comments


lol i met him today. i shook his hand and he just looked around and said "how you doin buddy?" he looked so based. it was awesome

ckunke002
June 25th 2011


1033 Comments


He's been dead for almost 20 years...

bab808
June 25th 2011


456 Comments


^lol. well his band was playing and i shook hands with some weird guy in a red robe. same thing

ckunke002
June 25th 2011


1033 Comments


Yeah... same thing..

struth
November 24th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is mind blowing.

KILL
December 24th 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

struth

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

praise ra

tragic.details
March 18th 2013


684 Comments


Guy was so fucking out of his mind. Great music though, great review as well.

DeputyExorcist
March 18th 2013


69 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This music is sexy as fuck.

YankeeDudel
March 18th 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

he was abducted



and the greys gave us some sweet toons

oltnabrick
March 18th 2013


36494 Comments


sun ra, lord quas, madlib

Digging: The Durutti Column - LC

oltnabrick
April 17th 2013


36494 Comments


SUN RA


Jangoman
August 28th 2013


32 Comments


Grooviest jazz I've come across

oltnabrick
October 2nd 2013


36494 Comments


this is simply the best



KILL
October 2nd 2013


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than all de rest

oltnabrick
October 2nd 2013


36494 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

KILL
October 3rd 2013


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5





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