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3.48 | 32 ratings

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3 stars What a let down!

I had reservations about the band's chosen name, but since I had the opportunity to hear this album, I put some time aside for it.

The first track just blew me away! A long piece inviting echoes of the better moments of early-'80s Tangerine Dream. Pure pleasure!

But my excitement was short lived.The second tune has cut my initial euphoria rather short. It's a piece studded with urban pace, a life I left behind decades ago for the peace and tranquility of living in a small fishing village on the East-Coast of Australia by the Pacific Ocean. Now, "pacific" is a term I can happily relate to, but this tune doesn't really fit the image. Still OK, but more unsettling than pleasing.

That urban psychosis gains even more momentum on the next tune, somewhat reminiscent of excesses by Robert Fripp of the Belew era, something I just can't warm to, but some people will no doubt love this piece. Not bad at all, but definitely not my preference, not even for a rainy day. Too repetitive and as such, boring.

Track four carries on in the TD vein - of the "spirited" filler material side. Loud, repetitive and - hardly better than a worn LP skipping back endlessly. One on certain substances may derive enjoyment from this noise, I am not one of those.

The fifth, last and longest track is another Fripp-like psychotic threadmill, laced with Jean- Michel Jarre doing Metal. Almost good, but misses the mark. Too frantic, too nervous, no room for such around my place.

These guys have potential, but for my taste apart from the first tune, the rest is forgettable - and very quickly before my walls would absorb too much of it. With the same effort, a masterpiece could have been delivered, but the end result here barely scrapes in for a 3 star rating.

BORA | 3/5 |


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