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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. All About Satellites And Spaceships (3:30)
2. Built On Sand (6:28)
3. Revolve (7:07)
4. Happy? (7:06)
5. The Air Bends Sunlight (5:02)
6. Your Kingdom, Your World (7:02)
7. The Road And The Common (3:50)
8. Snuff Gold And Gold Tilings (5:20)
9. Blindshore (5:59)
10. Lost (4:06)
11. The Sky Suspended (5:14)

Total Time: 60:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Reese Beeman / guitar, vocals
- James Adkisson / guitar
- Scott Sasser / drums
- Dwayn Moore / bass

Releases information

CD X-Ray XRAY7 (1996 US)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 7% SOLUTION are a band out of Texas of all places who play a dreamy and spacey brand of music. Some call it a cross between Dream Pop and Space Rock. Not exactly the kind of music you usually would associate with Texas.They're a four piece band and there are vocals.The same year that they put out this album they also put out a 4 song EP of covers that included THE BEATLES "Tomorrow Never Comes" from "Rubber Soul", OPAL's "Supernova" , PINK FLOYD's "Astronomy Domine" and CAN's "Oh Yeah" from "Tago Mago".They have good taste right ?

"All About Satellites And Spaceships" features gentle guitar and atmosphere with the faint sounds of a space transmission in the background. "Built On Sand" has a much fuller sound with drums and vocal melodies contributing. It settles down 2 minutes in then these tribal-like drums and spacey vocals come to the fore. Another calm before 4 1/2 minutes as themes are repeated. "Resolve" has such a good intro that builds. Dreamy vocals after a minute.This is great ! I like the nimble bass lines too.Vocals stop for a while then come back late. Best song so far. "Happy ?" has this laid back guitar as drums and bass join in quickly. Spacey vocals after a minute. It kicks in a minute later (nice) as contrasts continue. Another fantastic tune. "The Air Bends Sunlight" builds with vocals. I like the guitar here. It kicks in around a minute. A calm follows then it builds as themes are repeated.

"Your Kingdom,Your World" is spacey with drums and sampled words joining in. Incredible sound here. It calms down then it rebuilds. It's spacey to end it as well. "The Road And The Common" is a vocal track with strummed guitar and a beat. Cool tune. "Snuff Gold And Gold Tilings" has this beautiful sounding guitar, a beat and faint vocals with atmosphere.Vocals a minute in. Another excellent number. "Blindshore" is spacey with a beat, and the vocals don't arrive until after 3 1/2 minutes. "Lost" is spacey as the sound builds slowly. Vocals join in. "The Sky Suspended" which means it's not moving sideways? This is minimilistic and moving.The drums don't arrive until around 4 minutes.

A solid 4 stars and fans of Psychedelic / Space Rock should check them out.

Review by Neu!mann
4 stars The Austin quartet of Seven Percent Solution (aka 7% Solution, on this release) came and went too quickly in the mid- to late-1990s. And not enough people outside the band's south-central Texas hometown even knew they existed. But they burned with an almost supernatural radiance while active, and in their debut album produced a near-masterpiece of ethereal rock: the prairie rose alternative to early PORCUPINE TREE, but making Steve Wilson's band resemble a stunted creosote bush in comparison.

The album's techno-kitsch title was better suited to an '80s synth-pop effort, instead of the almost symphonic brand of psychedelia played here, amazingly created without the benefit of keyboards (those monumental sheets of sound were made entirely by guitars). The group itself was named after Nicholas Meyer's 1974 Sherlock Holmes novel, in which the Baker Street detective hires Sigmund Freud to help cure his cocaine habit...a fitting choice for such addictive music: the aural equivalent of a lucid dream, recalled in perfect clarity.

Even at its heaviest, the album is typically weightless but always well-grounded, never yielding to the aimless jamming of other space rockers. The key to the subtle power of the band, best heard in songs like 'Revolve' and the loping waltz of 'The Road and the Common' (among many others) was a combination of seductive grooves, soaring orchestral guitars, and spellbound singing. In one instance ('Built on Sand') they even cribbed lyrics from R.E.M., transforming the indie-pop verses of 'What If We Give It Away?' into lines of spectral poetry never imagined in Athens Georgia, adding a contemporary influence alongside the more obvious nods to CAN, early PINK FLOYD, and the more psychedelic digressions of THE BEATLES.

The Seven Percent style has elsewhere been likened to Shoegazer Rock, yet another totally artificial label, and in this case almost comically shortsighted. Never mind the shoes: the focal point of their collective gaze was always somewhere toward the infinite, and the musical bridge to that far horizon stands up better than my own plum-colored attempts to describe it.

[ Rueful postscript: It's a pity the band's marketing skills didn't match their musical aspirations. Early pressings of the album included a duplicate CD in a separate sleeve, with instructions to 'please give this copy to a friend', a clever idea that obviously failed to raise their profile. A late review after eighteen years is a poor substitute for the gift of free music, but it's the best I can offer here. ]

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