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- Fade Out by Loop
9/10 Nathon Staff review, 10 July 2013
Not since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to a church door in Wittenburg had the Western world known such a schism. History has seen some fierce rivalries down the years - Axis vs Allies, USA vs USSR, Glasgow vs Celtic - but these were mere squabbles compared with titanic struggle over the right to wear the UK's psych-rock crown in 1987.
Nope, the game with the highest stakes in human history was played out between Spacemen 3 and Loop. It's a game that everyone (without exception) now recognises that Spacemen 3 won. But for a short time it was kinda close, and one of the two biggest hitters in Loop's armoury was this very album. (The other, like you don't already know, was the also-recently-remastered Heaven’s End).
There seems little point trying to describe how 'Fade Out' sounds. If you eat burgers, you know what they taste like and the only thing that really matters is the quality. It's the same with psyche-rock of this era. You know how this sounds, your gran knows this sound. The only question is: was 'Fade Out' any good?
Fuck, it's good. It’s really good. I remember the first time I heard it and how underwhelmed I was by the tinny, demo-like opener ‘Black Sun’. It's an impression that has stayed with me, but by the closing track ('Got To Get It Over') the sheer muscle of 'Fade Out' is once again indisputable.
This is Loop at their pounding, hard-driving, almost macho best - and this reissue should come with a free wrap of cheap speed to share with a mate.
10/10 Jonny C Customer review, 12th June 2015
Loop lost to Spacemen 3? Utter balls. I haven't seen either band live, so on that I can't comment. On record, Spacemen 3 only hit consistent pay dirt with their first LP. After that, their records became splintered affairs, torn apart by the rivalry within their own band. Some great tunes, but seldom flawless, and always touched by a slightly academic devotion to previous rock icons and sounds.
Loop had neither of these shortcomings - more feral and consistent than Spacemen on record, hairier and ballsier, their records simply nail it and nail it harder than Spacemen. OK, now that's sorted, let's just be happy we had both bands, there's no need to make a choice between them, false logic.
This record is Loop hitting a more gothy and dark vein of acid psych than Heaven's End, less jangly and poppy. Every riff establishes itself immediately and forms an instant platform for vocals and wailing wahwah guitars to circle round and round. It's fucking awesome, and if you like your weed 'n' LSD, this is top stuff, hell it sounds fantastic on mushrooms, speed, or just beer if that's how you go. This may be the finest acid psych out there, it just is relentless in hitting you in the sweet spot again and again at top force. Once each track locks in, time fades into the background and you're on a ride from start to finish, individual songs blend into one gruff howl at the stoned moon. This album hasn't failed me or diminished in its appeal in the last 20-odd years. It's up there with Pharaoh Overlord's 1st LP and Spine of God by Monster Magnet.
If you can, get hold of the related tracks on "Eternal" - "Collision" is a massive track, and Loop's version of "Mother Sky" tops Can's own playing, get this, Jaki Liebezeit is out drummed! Loop's rhythm section are staggeringly good. This is an essential record, the only problem with it is how lame 99% of psych bands seem after hearing it.
8/10 Glamourous Drain Customer review, 8th November 2013
I like Loop a lot, So does Nathon who was half taking-the-piss here as he acknowledges to anybody he's not a born writer, neither am I! It's a goofy, enthusiastic & irreverent review as opposed to a highbrow evaluation or a fawning fanboy wank-off. It's kinda in the style of what we do here @ Norman Records amongst all the other fanboy wank-offs we specialise in, usually concerning other loser bands worse than Loop. I also think it gets the point across about the pros and cons of a flawed yet fantastic record that doesn't need to be slumped on a pedestal to be appreciated. You sound positively disgusted mate! Dare I suggest you go for a wee lie down and cool off?
9/10 mckenzieg Customer review, 17th July 2013
that 'review ' above is dreadful!! that rival angle ,while trying to sell, according to u the losers album ,man that's astonishing,any more losers shit you want to push? stick it ... fucking idiot,
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