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Scenic Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HIDA
  • ASIN: B00006JMAP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,345,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Six Year Wait 29 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Has it really been 6 years since Scenic's last album, the stunning 'Acquatica'? In the intervening time, Scenic mainman Bruce Licher hasn't been sitting at home twiddling his thumbs. He runs an independent, and multi award-winning, printing and design company. (If you want to see what is possible using just cardboard and lithographic printing, have a look at the beautiful reissues of Bruce's last band, Savage Republic, recently released on Mobilization records).
Scenic specialise in sweeping guitar-led instrumental soundscapes (hence the very apt band name) that are part Morricone, part Godspeed, part Ry Cooder. The previous two LPs were themed around the desert and the ocean respectively. There's no real theme to 'The Acid Gospel Experience'. But there is still that sense of vast space (and in the case of the near 20 minute final track, vast length too!) Most of the album could, at a push, be described as ambient, but not in a Windham Hill hippy-dippy-aromatherapy way. Guitars weave in and out of a great plateau of sound.
The absolute highlight of the set, however, is the driving 'Lightspeed'. A churning bass-riff speeds along for seven minutes, with sitars and guitars spraying around like a demented desert 'Silver Machine'. It's an incredibly exciting ride, seeming a lot faster than it actually is, like the soundtrack to some impending impact. An apposite title, and an amazing track.
Scenic don't seem to tour, and tracking their records down requires a lot of detective work. It's a shame, because I'm sure they would connect with the large audience who have taken the likes of Godspeed, Sigur Ros and Mogwai to their hearts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant ambient 31 July 2003
By J Lee Harshbarger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album cover features a photograph, an aerial view of barren land. The first two songs are what I'd call "high-speed ambient," different from most ambient which oozes and flows. Listening to this "high-speed ambient," I felt like I was flying in a small aircraft, flying low over barren land, looking out the window, enjoying the scenery.
The tempo gets a bit slower on the third track, and by the fifth track, the tempo is so slow the song almost doesn't move. "Lunar Afternoon" is a beautiful track. The title is a perfect description.
"Under A Wing" features piano playing that could fit in with modern classical music. I could see this song mixed in with Ahn Trio, for example.
"Skylight" is another notable track, with hints of European technopop.
The last song on the album is 18 minutes long, all ambient. This is floating music!
Back in 1982, I heard my first ambient album, Brian Eno's "Music For Airports." I loved that album, but have never gotten around to buying it. Fortunately, this sound has lived on, and today I have other ambient albums, including this one. I can picture this one being used in the Detroit airport, in the totally cool underground tunnel where the lighted walls constantly change color to the ambient music.
This is an enjoyable album that I would recommend. (For a complete description of how I rate CDs, click on "About Me.")
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic rock for the 21st century 3 May 2003
By Michael W. Draine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This flowing, impressionistic psychedelia blows away Sigur Ros, Djam Karet, and Ozric Tentacles. Scenic integrates the influence of early '70s German experimental rock without compromising their own identity, just as they mine the spontaneity of group improvisation without sounding like a jam band. Scenic's first album, INCIDENT AT CIMA, is a classic instrumental rock tribute to Morricone and Dick Dale; on THE ACID GOSPEL EXPERIENCE, Scenic etches their own identity in the Arizona sandstone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful background music 13 Mar 2006
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
2 1/2 stars

Scenic fall into the type of bands who parlay just that, scenes..Rather then abruptly inserting their songwriting into the songs, the band mostly lets the music come to them..While nothing much in the way of composition, the album is true style over substance, and in the way of making the journey greater then the destination, scenic triumps..Music that wills to go inside of itself is never a bad thing, even when it is too preocupied with going inside a hollow shell of an exterior that was never properly built to begin with..
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