The Galileo 7 — Tear Your Minds Wide Open
(Damaged Goods DAMGOOD484, 2017, CD / LP/ DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-24
On November 10, 2017, The Galileo 7 release their fifth album of garage pop psych tunes, Tear Your Minds Wide Open. There are 12 songs on the album with two of them, “One Lie at a Time” and “The God of Gaps,” having appeared on their 2015 single. The Galileo 7 have captured the essence of a 60s/70s garage psych album on Tear Your Minds Wide Open. All but three of the songs have a similar sound with the tight four-part vocal harmonies (or is it a harmonizer?), fuzzed guitars, trippy organ, and tight drumming. Only “The Mask,” “The Habit Machine,” and “Your Face Tomorrow” vary and provide some different and refreshing elements to bring interest to the songs. Perhaps the best song is “Mystery Train” with a trippy organ break and what sounds like a Mellotron to me way down in the mix. The songs on Tear Your Minds Wide Open are not as varied as those on their last album False Memory Lane. The music is best taken in small doses, otherwise you can OD on too much of a good thing. Fans of 60s garage psych are sure to love this new album.
Related artist(s): The Galileo 7
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