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1.86 | 65 ratings

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1 stars This is quite a friction for a debut album. The kind that would leave you speechless.

Of course, this album didn't get a whole a lot of distribution and should be consider more as a demo. A twenty or so combo songs of little interest. The man being alone to play the instruments, and his vocal parts are hardly famous to get something great out of here.

Poor (to no) melody. Weak vocals, dull music overall. The guy plays it all, and he is not an Oldfield genius to say the least. This is a "secret" well kept. And it is better so. Even if the man will rebound (much) later on.

On top of this, it is an overlong work which can only add to the boring mood. There is hardly one single good song to catch here. Some electro sounds from "Lights Camera Friction" are somewhat John Foxx oriented, but the essential flavour of the man (Foxx, I mean) is non-existing of course.

There are some ridiculously short songs like "Ashes" (just over thirty seconds) which are a true nonsense, but combined with the next "The Life", they sound as making a whole. Or a hole.Poor, indeed. This album is best to be avoided.

There are lots of painful moments like "Aquamarine" and its religious flavour, "Living (On The Petals") etc. It is really hard to go through this work from the opener to the last track. It is full of dull stuff (of which "All Seeing Eye" is just an example).

As a summary, I would say that this almost eighty (!) minutes effort isn't worth a ? cent. True boring music ("Claw The Land") isn't really what you would like to hear. But that's all that you will get here. Needless to say that the rating is the lowest I can think of.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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