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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dear Anne (5:32)
2. The End Of Faith (2:46)
3. Carousel (4:55)
4. Bruise (4:16)
5. Threshold (7:25)
6. Lullaby (5:30)
7. The Innocentes (4:58)
8. Dust And Ashes (6:13)
9. Gabriel's Waltz (5:59)
10. Oh Yeah* (6:26)

Total Time: 54:00

* bonus track on Lone Starfighter release

Line-up / Musicians

- Scott Sasser / drums
- James Adkisson / guitar
- Julian Capps / guitar, bass
- Reese Beeman / guitar, bass, vocals

Releases information

CD Lone Starfighter LSD 007 (1999 US)
CD X-RAY xr-002 (1999 US)

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Their first album 'All About Satellites And Spaceships' bears some popular elements while getting close to Richard Ashcroft and his band The Verve. Three years later though they were reduced to a quartet then. Bassist/guitarist Julian Capps had replaced Dwayn Moore. With a bunch of live experiences in the back it all sounds more matured and unique on 'Gabriel's Waltz'. This one is dedicated to US poet Anne Sexton who committed suicide in 1974. And so it all starts with emotional melancholic sentiment.

Glockenspiel and Beeman's awesome vocals wrap you up on Dear Anne - lack of percussion is indicated here. The triple pack 3 to 5 builds the album's core for me. Carousel holds tribal drums and repetitve spacey guitar stuff, relatively simple but effective anyhow. The subsequent Bruise shows them on the move to traverse the Milky Way at the latest - an essential space rock song, if you ask me. A rumbling bass, hallucinatory voice samples, screaming and soaring guitars are bouncing back and forth - wonderful!. This went straight on to my personal treasure chest.

Provided with a relaxed groove Threshold follows - so charming and lovely that you are willing to switch the repeat modus on ... forever and a day. Not necessary though because some songs are still following, including the instrumental title track - reminiscent of Wishbone Ash's intriguing twin guitar presence a bit. The Lone Starfighter release offers a special bonus track, adopted from Can's 'Tago Mago' album, also released on Hidden Aggenda as 7'' - lively to the contrary, a good interpretation (except somebody really misses Damo Suzuki's vocals).

End of inspiration? Although they had started to work on a follower album ... this should be their final effort - unfortunately. Melody and atmosphere - this music is coming close to 100 Percent Solution I would say with magnificent compositions and cosmic ambience. Lost in reverie - something to relax. They are the masters of an echoed guitar sound here, definitely trippy, respectively even shoegaze. You won't miss the synthesizers at all. Recommended!

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The sophomore album (and swan song, alas) from the more Spacious than Space Rock quartet from deep in the heart of Texas doesn't quite light up the neurons the way their debut album did three years earlier, an indication perhaps of the duress under which it was recorded. Drummer Scott Sasser, an integral part of the band's essential grooviness, left midway into the sessions, and the CD had to be assembled around his absence.

The effort was almost seamless, but it shows. There's a difference between a song without drums and a band without a drummer, and you can hear it throughout the problematic ebb and flow of an otherwise excellent album. From the haunted opening ambiance of "Dear Anne" (an elegy to manic- depressive poet Anne Sexton) the musical tension slowly builds toward an early climax in "Bruise", an obvious album (and career) highlight. The song unfolds like a compulsive bad trip, combining overlapped archival recitations of the Lord's Prayer with a suitably acid-fried guitar chorus, glowing with all the black light of a darker heaven.

After that the music traces an irregular but often spellbinding path across a broad spectrum of psychedelic ballads and southwest Texan Krautrock (not an oxymoron: listen to "Threshold", or the weird intuitive groove of "The Innocentes", for proof). The energy level collapses almost completely in the aptly-named "Dust and Ashes", before rising like an unexpected phoenix on the wings of another interstellar guitar solo. And from there it's a graceful descent to the gentle beauty of the title track: six minutes of blissful twin-guitar melancholy approaching the higher elevations of Post Rock territory.

One edition of the album adds an essential encore: a dynamic reading of the 1971 CAN melody "Oh Yeah". The song was one of several covers recorded by the group (alongside similar nods to The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the neo-psych trio Opal), each in its own way an improvement over the original. Besides acknowledging an obvious musical influence, the ascending rhythms of the Can classic allowed a kindred band of Inner Space explorers the chance to end their second album on a (rare) upbeat note.

Seven Percent Solution would persevere for several more years, sadly without ever outgrowing their cult attraction status. This was a group that could have (and would have) gone from strength to strength, if given the chance for wider exposure. But in retrospect they remain one of the best American rock bands to emerge from the end of the last millennium.

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