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2.59 | 20 ratings | 4 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Life's Mirror (8:10)
2. Transformation of a Stream (10:14)
3. Within Venus (5:40)
4. Alchemic Universe (10:31)
5. Relics'n Roll (12:28)
6. The Subspace Between (3:36)
7. A Dream's Reflection (7:11)
8. Time (2:09)

Total Time 59:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Carol Muriel / vocals
- Ron Bryer / guitar
- Joel Vandroogenbroek / organ, flute, composer & co-producer
- Werner Fröhlich / bass
- Cosimo Lampis / drums
- Hellmuth Kolbe / electronics, Fx
- Lance Bunda / lyrics & co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Joel Vandroogenbroek

CD Hologram ‎- HOL 2001 (2000, US)

LP + CD Lilith ‎- LR338 (2012, Europe) Full album on both media, new cover art

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BRAINTICKET Alchemic Universe ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (40%)
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Review by loserboy
3 stars Welcome my little progressive rock space cadets to the "Alchemic Universe"... a place where your brain is going to get spun 180 degrees. Years ago I was introduced to the music of BRAINTICKET which became an immediate addiction for me. Over the years BRAINTICKET continued to release several albums and recently have released a wonderful little deep space album which I am quite fond of. Gone is the 70's psychedelia element, but "Alchemic Universe" blends the finer aspects of space travel more in a TANGERINE DREAM'ish/ of KRAFTWERK sytle. This wonderful album is full of tons of space effects and some great voice overs... Without a question we are transported into another dimension with some excellent space grooves and moments of wierdness. "Alchemic Universe" is perfect for those rainy Sunday evenings for sitting outside getting a bit damp while you brush your teeth... A wild one but I love it... Highly original!

Review by Sean Trane
2 stars This album is one that can please some very adventurous progheads and not even all of them. This is still very worthy of this crazy Swiss combo Brainticket and somewhat in their lines of conduct even though this was the first album in 18 years. But musically speaking we are to much in the New-wave & (soft) Techno realm to really be of real enjoyment for the average proghead. But if you are looking for something different , this cross between Kraftwerk and a sort of techno-ish Bevis Frond mixed with new age elements could be for you.

It probably deserves more than this rating but really approach this album with great care , because chances to like this.....

Review by Dobermensch
3 stars A bit of a disappointment this one. Everything sounds too clean and programmed. Quite similar in some ways to Tangerine Dream's 'Underwater Sunlight' from '86. Still, at least there's the sexy vocals of Carol Muriel to cheer me up. Aahh... Carol with her straight hair...

There's no comparison in any shape or form to previous Brainticket albums. This is an almost entirely electronic affair and it's just too damn clean cut for its own good. The adventurous experimentation has long gone leaving a rather straight forward run of the mill album. It's nice enough and could be suited to late night listening. Nothing audibly offensive or out of the blue.

Just scrapes 3 stars by the skin of its teeth simply because I love electronics.

Review by Progfan97402
2 stars I remembered back in 2000 a brand new Brainticket album, first time since Voyage in 1982. Since that time Joel Vandroogenbroeck recorded tons of library albums on the Coloursound label. By 1984 he moved to Mexico (as he was sick and tired of shoveling snow in the Swiss Winters) where he's lived ever since. I was happy that Joel teamed up once again Carole Muriel, but instead of a modernized Celestial Ocean it was clear that they were trying far too hard to reach the kids by exploring techno. That is those same preprogrammed beats and crummy digital synthesizers that make me never fond of that genre. Sure Ozric Tentacles explored techno but never forgot real guitars, drums and synthesizers and plenty of that rock attitude so their techno explorations never bothered me. Joel could have learned a thing or two from the Ozrics at the time. I have to be honest, I gave this plenty of chances and it left me cold. Thank God, 15 years later comes Past, Present and Future which was a giant relief for me as the techno was ditched and the guitars, drums, real keyboards and psychedelic approach returned. For me, Alchemic Universe is a demonstration why I dislike techno in general. It simply sounded too much like Joel was having a midlife crisis. To me any of their other albums are better and worth getting.

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