Malachi: Holy Music

[21 August 2007]

By Jason MacNeil

Considered to be one of the original albums of the “psych-folk” movement, this reissue of the 1966 album is not something that you can just slap on and do the vacuuming to. When you have five songs all named “Wednesday”, well, it needs much more attention. The opener “Wednesday – Second” is a 13-minute effort that makes one check to see if their speakers are okay as subtle notes are heard off in the distance. It’s a bit like George Harrison meeting up with Jimmy Page and serving as some Middle Eastern catalyst for what would become “White Summer/Black Mountainside”. Perhaps the kindest thing is that the songs are much shorter from here on end as “Wednesday – Sixth” is the same directionless noodle-ing. “Wednesday – Fourth” is a bit less grating on the ears, resembling the likes of Ry Cooder in certain respects. But overall, this is one album you could probably do without.

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