Tungsten: Await Further Instruction 2001, Brooklyn / Panhandle Music I need to start this review out with a disclaimer that lets you know right up front that this style of music is not something that I care to embrace. The reasons for this are very simple. This music makes no attempt to achieve any of the criteria that I evaluate music against. Now, with this out of the way, this is not to say that there are not people that will like this CD, and I can see that. So, let me first point out the shortcomings of the music on this CD so that those of you who, like me, are looking for music with certain characteristics can move on to other selections. This music is highly repetitive in the rhythm which seems to be strict 4/4 and no more. The underlying progressions and riffs are monotonously repeated with only the techno-effects offering any variation over these primitive underpinnings. But, the silver lining in this cloud of a CD, is that if you like technoid effects and the whole Dr. Who thing, you will probably love this CD. Though the underlying base of the music is repetitive to the point of madness, the technoid effects and other melodies that pop up with guitars, piano, keyboard, etc. are interesting in their unexpected flavors. But, the melodies and instrumentation used to deliver them are very simplistic, which depending on what angle you look at things from, could be good or bad. In terms of feel, this music strikes me as the type of music that somebody might listen to while undertaking a hallucinogenic voyage down some psychedelic river with constantly changing scenery. In summary, this is not the type of music I will be spending my free time listening. But, if you just dropped acid or want to just lay back in bed and zone out, this might be the CD for you! Tracks: 1) Generic Foreign Account 2) Cut It Off 3) Upgrade To Flash Gordon 4) One Minute Eternity I 5) Transcendental 6) I.F.L.W. 7) High Plains Rehab 8) What Hip-Hop Smells Like 9) Stop Liking Your Job 10) Long Hot Naked Winter 11) The Eighties Hustler 12) Who Invited The Secret Weapon? 13) Long Hot Naked Summer 14) It Beats 15) One Minute Eternity II ~ Christopher Ruel ~ www.ChrisRuel.com ~ Chris@ChrisRuel.com ~
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