Motorpsycho are a prolific, eclectic band from Norway. This is their twelfth full-length studio album, and their first for Rune Grammofon. I'm more familiar with Rune Grammofon than with Motorpsycho, so hearing heavy prog-rock on the label that's more well known for releasing artists such as Supersilent and Food comes as a bit of a surprise, but not that much. The four songs on this album are all over ten minutes long, and the opening title track suite is over 20 minutes. Remarkably, it keeps the pace up for its entire length, going through passages that remind the listener of Yes, Hawkwind, and other classic prog bands, yet still sounding accessible enough to appeal to fans of alternative rock. The other pieces take a bit longer to get going, however. "She Left On The Sun Ship", in particular, seems to get all its lyrics out in the first three minutes, then spends the remaining 11 minutes of the song reaching outer space, and then staying there.
This is most certainly an ambitious work from a band that seems to have earned its rightly deserved cult following. It's definitely a good, listenable album, and it doesn't get pretentious or headache-inducing like other prog bands. Unfortunately, this album isn't quite clicking with me. Maybe I don't have the attention span for something like this right now. I like it, but I feel like I should be liking it more. 6/10 -- Paul Simpson (25 June, 2008)