Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Chroma Key - Dead Air For Radios CD (album) cover


Chroma Key


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.97 | 175 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

2 stars I decided to pick this up based on the rave reviews and the strength of the song "On The Page." It is a good song though not a great one. Unfortunately nothing else on the album is as good or better. If I had to sum up Chroma Key's sound on this disc in one short phrase I would call it "prog's answer to smooth jazz." It's mildly upbeat, not too challenging but not ambient either. One of my strongest criticisms of this disc is one that I have of many prog albums: the overuse of samples and found sounds. (I guess this is the one dubious aspect of Pink Floyd's legacy.) Sometimes these are very effective. But other times it seems that bands use them to fill out the music and distract the listener from the shortcomings of their compositions. ("Hmmm this song isn't going anywhere.Hey maybe there's something on my answering machine!") This is the case with "Dead Air for Radios." The musicianship is top notch but even the best songs contain long boring instrumental sections propped up with a profusion of samples. "Hell Mary" isn't even a song. It's a long sample with a low soundtrack in the background. Stripped of the samples, "Dead Air" is like a vaguely attractive but plain woman. Not repulsive but nothing to fall in love with either.
epignosis11 | 2/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this CHROMA KEY review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives