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Relaxing With , 6.5/10
The Time Is Now, 6/10
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere , 5/10
Under Sided (2003), 6/10
Under the Stress of a Headlong Dive (2006) , 5/10
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The Heads, based in Bristol, belong to the space-rock school of extreme psychedelic rock founded by Hawkwind, but they also absorb the dadaistic elements of the Flaming Lips. Debuting with the single Quad (Rooster, 1993), the Heads spent a few years releasing only singles. Relaxing With (Cargo, 1996 - Rooster, 2010) collects the 1993-1995 singles (the 11-minute Coogan's Bluff of 1994, 1995's Television) and a few new tracks that show a much harder style, a demented soup of Stooges, MC5 and Blue Cheer. After the album, the band released the single Gnu (Headhunter) and the EPs Delwyn's Conkers (Man's Ruin, 1997) and Mao Tinnitus (Man's Ruin, 1998). The Time Is Now (Man's Ruin, 1998) collects the latest EPs.

Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere (Sweet Nothing, 2000) does not solve the fundamental problem of their music: inconsistency. For a couple of evil, poisonous rave-ups (Legavaan Satellite, Motorjam) one has to digest meandering ballads and pointless freak-outs that merely recycle stereotypes of the 1960s.

The limited-edition Session 02 (Rocket, 2002) contains the 18-minute Planet Suite No 3.

Under Sided (Sweet Nothing, 2003) contains the monumental Heavy Sea (half an hour).

At Last (Sweet Nothing, 2003) is a live in studio album that revisits some of the band's themes in a sort of improvised medley.

33 (Invada, 2005), released only in 33 copies, collects rarities.

The music on Under the Stress of a Headlong Dive (2006) was no less powerful than on previous albums, but the proceedings were way too fragmented, leaving the impression that these were mere ideas, never fully developed.

The double-LP Dead In The Water (Invada, 2007) reissues some limited-edition CD-Rs.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Nicola Mecca)

Gli Heads, di Bristol, appartengono alla scuola di space-rock psichedelico estremo fondata dagli Hawkind, ma assorbono anche gli elementi dadaistici dei Flaming Lips. Dopo aver debuttato con il singolo Quad (Rooster, 1993), gli Heads per un paio d’anni rilasciarono soltanto singoli. Relaxing With (Cargo, 1996) colleziona i singoli del 1993-1995 (Coogan's Bluff , da 11 minuti, del 1994, Television del 1995) e qualche altra nuova traccia che mostra uno stile più duro, un miscuglio impazzito di Stooges, MC5 e Blue Cheer. Dopo l’album, la band rilasciò il singolo Gnu (Headhunter) e gli EPs Delwyn's Conkers (Man's Ruin, 1997) e Mao Tinnitus (Man's Ruin, 1998). The Time Is Now (Man's Ruin, 1998) raccoglie gli EPs.

Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere (Sweet Nothing, 2000) non risolve il problema fondamentale della loro musica: l’inconsistenza. Per un paio di velenose e cattive orge scatenate (Legavaan Satellite, Motorjam) si devono digerire ballate sinuose ed inutili accozzaglie che ricordano da lontano stereotipi anni ’60.

L’edizione limitata, Session 02 (Rocket, 2002) contiene Planet Suite No 3, da 18 minuti.

Under Sided (Sweet Nothing, 2003) contiene la monumentale Heavy Sea (mezz’ora).

At Last (Sweet Nothing, 2003) è un album live registrato in studio che rivisita alcuni temi della band in una sorta di medley estemporaneo.

33 (Invada, 2005), solo 33 copie pubblicate, colleziona rarità.

La musica di Under the Stress of a Headlong Dive (2006) non era meno potente che negli album precedenti, ma le strutture dei brani erano troppo frammentate, lasciando l’impressione che questi fossero semplici idee non adeguatamente sviluppate.

Il doppio-LP Dead In The Water (Invada, 2007) rimette in stampa dei CD-R in edizione limitata.

Tilburg (Rooster, 2009) is a live album.

Kandodo, the solo project by guitarist Simon Price of The Heads, began with Kandodo (Thrill Jockey, 2012).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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