Let's Get Lucid
- Smoking With The Devil/Learn To Entertain Yourselves 20:19
- Radical 09:52
- Going Home 08:33
- Radical (Instrumental Mix) 09:05
- Going Home (Vocal Mix) 06:41
BABAL’s latest album release is perhaps their most fluid and fearless yet.
Their 9 th album “Let’s Get Lucid” explores encounters with alter-egos and inner conflicting personalities in some beautifully flowing “songs”.
The reality is that these songs have evolved from BABAL improvisations, strong with the sense of foreboding and eclectic themes which BABAL have made their trademark.
Opening track “Smoking With The Devil” affords a great introduction from Rob Williams and Jon Sharp before Karen Langley confides in husky tones “I’ve Been Smoking with the Devil” and leads us through the strange mazes of addictive behaviours and also the pain of living to conformist values. A bluesy epic of a song that sticks in the mind.
The track segues into the next piece “Learn to Entertain Yourselves”, a bittersweet invitation to get out of your techno-head and “step outside onto the wet wet wet grass and let those neural highways pass you by for a while”. This track is a real mix of styles (in it’s favour) with certain whimsical characteristics, hardening into some great circus-style rhythms from Jon, flushed out by Rob’s intricate guitar harmonies and synth patterns.
On then to “Radical”, the single from the album. “Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year , how long do I have to sit here? I wanna be radical” opines Karen in world-weary mode at the start. She takes us into her world of the outsider, coping with the demands and commands of the corporate business world.
Its’ jazz feel really works as Rob and Jon pull the song forward into a frenzied rush, matching Karens’ post-punk angst admirably. “When do you stop being radical?”, Karen poses the question in many forms.
A song that comes from a need to self-empower after years of political misrule.
A complete change for the last track “Going Home”; (though there are two instrumental versions of “Radical” and “Going Home” as extras after this last song.) Lush melancholic vocals form the heart of this song, accompanied by beautiful plangent synth and guitar. Karen encapsulates feelings of loss, grief , hope and resurrection in this piece, which was written by the sea, post cancer. Rhapsodic and full of yearning, a finely tuned ending to “Let’s get Lucid” from BABAL.