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Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. Great Hosannah
    2. Mystical Machine Gun
    3. S.O.S.
    4. Radhe Radhe
    5. I'm Still Here
    6. Shower Your Love
    7. 108 Battles (Of The Mind)
    8. Sound of Drums
    9. Timeworm
    10. Last Farewell
    11. Goldern Avatar
    12. Namami Nanda-Nandana
    13. [Untitled]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): COL493142

  • Credits
    ProducerCrispian Mills; Bob Ezrin
    EngineerFulton Dingley

    Kula Shaker: Crispian Mills (vocals, guitar); Jay Darlington (organ); Alonza Bevan (bass); Paul Winterhart (drums).
    Personnel: Crispian Mills (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Alonza Bevan (acoustic guitar, background vocals); The Mighty Horn Assortment (brass); Jay Darlington (Wurlitzer piano, organ, Farfisa, Hammond b-3 organ); Paul Winter-Hart (drums); Graham Pattison (loops).
    Photographers: Jeff Cottenden; Jill Furmanovsky; Sean Alquist.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Tim O'Donnell.
    After creating a stir with their debut album K, Kula Shaker follows up with a purposeful upping of the ante on PEASANTS. Like its predecessor, the album brashly melds the cinematic, spacy Britrock sweep of Spiritualized with Middle Eastern melodic touches (the mid-period Beatles are strongly evoked, especially on the flower power epic "Shower Your Love") and the occasional loop-oriented trip-hop touch. The strongest emotional connection for Kula Shaker seems to be with the '60s--heavy organ, choral vocals, Yardbirdsy guitar and harp, it seems like the quartet has learned every trick in the post-'65 rock & roll book and filtered through a harder-edged '90s Britpop orientation. PEASANTS is an ambitious, broad-ranging album, drunk on the driftwood of pop culture and creative enough to make something new of it.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (3/99, p.91) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...If the demeanor of their second album suggests that a certain tension stiffened their songwriting so that the outcome is interesting rather than, like [debut album] K, captivating, it may well be that its energetic imagination and originality will, nonetheless, keep them moving forward..."
    CMJ (4/26/99, p.28) - "...sounds an awful lot like a time-warped 1970-spawned offspring of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and NUGGETS, weaned on liberal amounts of Eastern mysticism and ethnic music....George Harrison would be proud."
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