Time was when the Chems were responsible for some of the most exhilarating and exciting singles ever. Setting Sun, for example, is one of the least played chart-toppers due to its sheer, heavily-armoured, disco pipe-bomb insanity.
The Golden Path is not particularly vintage Chems. In fact, it's almost a parody, with Wayne Flaming Lips doing his best grizzled 'n' confused Ian McCulloch mediation-on-death
impression over a sturdy pork pie boogie.
It's a bit like The Private Psychedelic Reel re-imagined by the
Children's Television Workshop, with it's magic disabled due to it being only the second best tune of the year to use Golden in its title.