Even the most optimistic Simply Saucer fans were doubtful it would ever happen, but Hamilton’s legendary space rock cadets have released their first official studio album some 33 years after every label in Canada gave them the brush-off. Saucer were a couple of decades ahead of the curve.
Half Human, Half Live has six studio tracks and six live recordings before a roomful of hometown fans, very much in the entrancing bluesy ritualistic style of their early demos that wound up on Cyborgs Revisited. That’s understandable since a number of the tunes have origins in the mid-70s. Admittedly, some of the Saucer mystique has worn off, and their drony, Velvets-inspired approach doesn’t seem nearly as novel. But Edgar Breau can’t shake off that appealing outsider vibe that comes with a lifetime of rejection. It’s probably a good idea that they cut this album before going out on tour. Who knows how finally hearing applause might change them.