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Fantasy Black Channel

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Eclectic sound collage, novel but not especially memorable

  • Apr 2, 2009
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This album is a stylistic mash-up - guitar-based alt rock mixed with electro-club sounds and various synthetic instrumental tones and effects. Much of the music is instrumental, and the songs are generally moody, so it's not a "pop" album and it's not a standard "club" music album either. The album has some interesting tracks and arrangements, yet it wasn't particularly memorable for me. Worth a listen, especially if you like music that doesn't conform to a particular genre. Yet, it's not likely to stay in your CD player or MP3 playlist as something you listen to over and over.

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review by . October 15, 2009
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When it comes to music, I do enjoy a wide variety of styles and genres... especially Electronica. I thought I would like this album because I like MGMT, and many have compared this band to them. I also enjoy many other indie music bands. Anyways, I listened to this album many times all the way through... to give it a chance, but I just never enjoyed it. I think it's lack of cohesiveness was a big drawback for me. It's like a million random elements shoved into one thing... and my brain could not …
review by . March 26, 2009
If 80s New Wave had been more heavily influence by punk and bands like Morris Day's The Time, then it may have sounds something like this. Disparate elements don't always merge gently, but it still works somehow.    The opener has the grandiose chords of Queen, Broken follows with a gritty Flock of Seagulls sounds, Spaces And The Woods is like Gary Newman fronting for The Cars, The Bears Are Coming is like some demented Oingo Boingo out get the idea. A lot of influences …
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Label: Astralwerks
Release Date: January 13, 2009

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