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Classic Album Review: Nebula | Charged

The stoner-rock power-trio straighten up & fly right on this sophomore full-length.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Call it Recharged.

On this sophomore full-length, stoner-rock power-trio Nebula straighten up and fly right. Charged is a more down-to-Earth effort than their space-truckin’ early EPs, with guitarist Eddie Glass, bassist Mark Abshire and drummer Ruben RomanoFu Manchu defectors all — reining in their penchant for cosmic, epic-length guitar jams. In their place are leaner, meaner cuts packed with more of the things that make Nebula soar live — Glass’s supernova Marshall-stack riffs, Abshire’s bong-busting bass and Roman’s pounding tom-tom thunder. Acoustic guitars add a new dimension to moodier cuts like Travelin’ Man’s Blues, Goodbye Yesterday and This One, nicely balancing the effects-pedal-to-the-metal fuzz-bomb power of Do It Now and Giant. All in all, it’s no giant leap for mankind, but it’s one small step forward for Nebula.