Radiowave, Journey Thru Oz! Radiowave is an Mp3.com band (or rather, an artist, since its sole member is Greg Paugh) who performs ambient music and seeks to, as the CD booklet notes, "expand the palette of textures and sonic colors now available to guitarists." This is certainly a lofty goal and if Paugh doesn't expand the guitarists' palette he certainly pulls a wide variety of sounds from the existing palette (and all of the pieces on the album were recorded with only a guitar synthesizer without sequencing, so there is no studio trickery involved). There is no doubt that he shows the wide range of sounds the modern guitarist now has to work with. However, in this case, I must question his intentions. Cool sounds are great, especially for ambient music, but listeners want to hear good compositions, too. Paugh's "sonic expansions" would be more effective in expanding the palettes of guitarists everywhere if there were good compositions to go along with them. Sadly, Journey Thru Oz! suffers because it does only what the artist intends: present new sounds to fellow guitarists. This is not to say that the music is bad - it actually works well as easy-listening background music for reading a book or playing a computer game. It's unobtrusive and very atmospheric and certainly very relaxing. But it could easily be passed off as another all-synthesizer album made to provide some nice background music and nothing else. Simply put, there would be nothing remarkable about this album if it wasn't for it being created entirely on guitar. Nothing in the sound of makes it particularly deserving of separation from the nondescript music that comes from the New Age camp these days. Well, Journey Thru Oz is an ambient album with loads and loads of different guitar sounds, but nothing more. If this sounds like your kind of music, go for it, if not, don't. The album does have a great atmosphere overall, so if you want some unobtrusive background music, this album will do the trick. Otherwise, be cautious. ~Jon Murphree~
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