As a member of Super Numeri, England's heir apparent to the "Acid Motherhood" of Daevid Allen's Gong, singer/multi-instrumentalist Pop Levi has fashioned some of the most mind-exploding space grooves

As a member of Super Numeri, England's heir apparent to the "Acid Motherhood" of Daevid Allen's Gong, singer/multi-instrumentalist Pop Levi has fashioned some of the most mind-exploding space grooves of the last 10 years (check out 2003's "Great Aviaries" and last year's largely underappreciated "The Welcome Table" for proof). Yet on his debut full-length as a solo artist, Levi might as well be just another one of those cowboy-shirted, women's jeans-rockin' transplants trying to channel Marc Bolan on karaoke night at Pete's Candy Store. Why every mainstream media outlet from Under the Radar to Mojo is hailing "The Return To Form Black Majick Party" as the second coming of the Sweet is beyond me. We can hear the Sparks/Roxy Music references on tracks like the "Blue Honey" and "Dollar Bill Rock." And the intergalactic ballad "Skip Ghetto" is nothing short of gorgeous, even if only for Ziggy Stardust crumbs visible on the sides of its mouth. But for the most part, longtime fans of Levi's psychedelic roots in Super Numeri would be wise to approach with caution. -- Ron Hart