The brilliant opener of the 13th nectar studio album, "A Better Way", stands in the best tradition of nectar highlights such as "Down To Earth" or "Recycled". One may almost believe the words of mastermind Roye Albrighton, "Time Machine" will be the best nectar album in 2012, expressed to eclipsed. But the next title, "Set Me Free Amigo", which clumsily mixes jazz winds with mariachi influences, brings the fan of the spacer rock pioneers back on the ground: Nectar will probably never again succeed in "A Tab In The Ocean" or "Remember The Future". Even if with the concluding piece "Diamond Eyes", the longest of the ten minutes, one once again offers an exciting psych-prog. The rest is proper prog mainstream à la Uriah Heep, Pallas, or Asia. "Time Machine" fits seamlessly into the nectar works of the 21st century ("The Prodigal Son", "Evolution", "Book Of Days"). Albrighton's voice is still fragile, but thanks to the production arts of bassist Bill Sherwood, this is not too difficult. Conclusion: nice album of a band that has its best days behind it.
Top track: A Better Way