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Modern entertainment music is populated by lots of strange characters, but the hero of this review is really something special: Boris was born to the son of a Russian diplomat whose family defected to the west in the early sixties, while on a shopping trip in Sweden. He grew up in relative material comfort but saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Stockholm in 1967. The experience impressed young Boris deeply and from then on he became a kind of psychedelic crusader trying unite East and West. He took his fathers Balalaika, painted it dayglo and started a life on the road, performing in every club and at every public occasion where they would allow him on stage. Great story so far, isn't it? But the press release that came with the album gets even crazier.

The first time I ever heard of Boris, musically speaking that is (for his reputation was a fast-spreading rumour even before then) was in 1993 when Delerium Records released their fantastic "Fun With Mushrooms" compilation. Boris opened the album with the hilarious "Toadstool Soup", a track that is also present on "Psychic Revolution" albeit in a different, much longer version. Boris's debut album features nine songs: two Hendrix covers and seven self-penned compositions that express his visions of cosmic love and social awareness; like in "Onward Christian Soldiers" (about the Gulf War), "Blacklisted Blues" (about unemployment) or "Moonsong" (about pagan consciousness) while the title track, "Psychic Revolution" is a seemingly old-fashioned but still bitterly needed plea for universal brotherhood and such things. The album is a true solo project on which Boris handled all the instruments himself, including of course his mucho distorto electrified balalaika, thus creating a psychedelic framework for his excellent lyrics to develop within. All the recording and producing was done in the Dead Fly Studios (of Poisoned Electrick Head) in Liverpool. It took Boris a few years to create this album but the end result is really worth listening to: about 50 minutes of warped sounds, intelligent (humane, even) lyrics end enough tongue-in-cheek humour to turn this debut into a real winner. Rock music (and the rest of the world, for that matter) needs people like Boris real bad!

A really recommended album from a true free spirit who needs your support. Go for it!