Kora: Light Years

Last updated 15:16 01/11/2012

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Kora's amalgam of dub and rock (with a dash of metal) was refreshingly powerful when it appeared, but age has mellowed them, and not for the better.

In the five years since the release of their debut album, they've embraced space rock – quite literally in Light Years' opening cut, Little Star.

However, Last Generation, Galaxy Express and Bring the Sun are like R'n'B with a few cosmic trimmings, a vibe that carries over to numbers like the electro-funky Story Ain't Over and Take You Down.

Some of their old punch returns in Love in the Shadows, and when they're in an Occupy mood in Hit the Wall.

A mellower Kora still outshine a lot of other acts, but they're at their best when amping up the low frequencies and taking no prisoners.

Best tracks: Dream Life, Hit the Wall

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson.

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