Best Of Dallas

The Ten Best Texas Psychedelic Rock Albums

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10. Green - Green Let's start with a Dallas band. Green fall into the pop side of the psych spectrum, borrowing more from British folk and The Kinks than from the heavy end, as most Texas psychedelic rock did. The moods are light and the atmospheres hazy. As a result, the tracks are gorgeously enchanting, especially on repeated listens. While the songs don't exactly cut deep, the set's sleepy currents, wistful tone, and tasteful horns have an uncanny knack for pulling the listener into Green's euphoric ebb and flow.

9. Power Plant -- The Golden Dawn When people think of psychedelic rock they're usually thinking about records like Power Plant. It's in albums like this that fleets of neo-psychedelic bands found a way to earn extra money on the weekends (or get a an 8.5 score in Pitchfork, whatever). All the kitschy characteristics are here - wobbly tape effects, lyrics concerning new age spirituality, fey strumming - but damn, did these Austin boys make a nice package out of it. The melodies take weeks to leave the blood stream, making it a far better deal than the countless joints rolled on its trippy, floral jacket.

8. Creation, a Child - Corpus Corpus Christi's Corpus eschewed hippie psych rock's ornate structures, opting for slow burning metallic-infused psych instead (with some rockabilly thrown in for good measure). Apart from the spidery guitar solos, Creation, a Child's sounds tend to drift, linger, then settle, making them more trance-like than - as with most psych rock - kaleidoscopic. In short, these guys were listening to a lot of Zeppelin and Sabbath. The lyrics center on love and longing ("Marriage," "We Can Make It, Luv," "Where is She"), and while that may seem cliche, the delivery is of such genuineness that their poignant, not hackneyed.

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Jonathan Patrick