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Album Review

Originally issued in 1981, Klaatu's fifth and final album, Magentalane, is highlighted by the elegiac ballad "December Dream," an homage to the recently slain John Lennon that eerily mirrors the fallen Beatle's own late-period work. Even with the mystery of their identities long ago solved, Klaatu still recalls the Fab Four with remarkable accuracy: "I Don't Wanna Go Home" conjures vintage McCartney, while "Mrs. Toad's Cookies" is like a Yellow Submarine track left on the cutting room floor. "A Million Miles Away" and "The Love of a Woman," on the other hand, bring to mind Electric Light Orchestra — inspiration once removed. [The 2007 edition includes one bonus track.]

Biography

Formed: 1973 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In August of 1976, the self-titled debut album by an unknown group called Klaatu was released on Capitol Records to little notice. The following February Steve Smith, a writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, wrote an article titled "Could Klaatu Be the Beatles? Mystery Is a Magical Mystery Tour." The article began the rumor that Klaatu was "more than likely either in part or in whole the Beatles." These conjectures, fueled by a series of articles in trade magazines like Billboard created...
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