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Black Meteoric Star

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dfa
  • ASIN: B00280W6UC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Black Meteoric Star" is a follow-up of sorts to Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom's classic The Days of Mars except that here Gavin goes it alone (no Delia, sadly).

In some ways it's more of the same - 6 long tracks, home-made analog synth-washes etc and "Days of Mars" fans won't be disappointed. The one big difference is the introduction of late 80s Chicago house beats, reminiscent of Phuture or Risqué III. It's not a retro exercise though - the Roland TB303 is wisely avoided in favour of an almost trancier sound which gives the LP a contemporary feel.

The reason that this is only 4 stars (as the liner notes point out) is that it's compiled from a series of excellent 12" singles and there's not quite enough variation in mood and pace for it hang together as a "proper" album.

Nevertheless (and in spite of this reviewer's soft spot for LCD Soundsystem) Gavin Russom (with or without Delia Gonzalez) is by far DFA's strongest act.
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By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's a habit of mine to taker a punt on artists I know nothing about in the ( often forlorn ) hope of discovering something new and exciting . Thus I came upon Black Meteoric Star and I must say it's not at all what I was expecting. Instead of the expected swathes of grimy guitar and vox that I has got into my head would be the province of this band there are swathes of gleaming heavy duty synths , syncopated beats and juddering rhythms. Am I disappointed? Am I heck as like.
Now apparently this album is a collected series of 12" and not an album proper so the flow and structure of deliberately constructed album may be missing .Having pointed that out the six tracks hang together reasonably well enough and some of the tracks have been edited ( according to the insert notes anyway ) to what Gavin Russom, who effectively is Black Meteoric Star, calls "album length ". The exception is last track "Dawn " which clocks in at an impressively exhausting 18 plus minutes but in all honesty could have done with editing too .
It is impressive if metonymically functional analog music . The sleek lines and arrangements glide smoothly into the aural canal and once or twice the whole sparks and attains a level of sonic clout- opening track "Death Tunnel "especially - that thrillingly hints at what a tub-thumping monster this album could have been. Efficient and practical tracks like the walled in techno of Dream Catcher " belie that visceral delight and if there is a criticism to be made of this album it's that it is a little too remorselessly synthesized, a little too cold and lacking in emotional clout.
Still I enjoyed listening to this album .But I feel it's an album that doesn't really work as an album proper .It,s more of a black hole than a black meteoric star.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
strung out 90s techno... and i liked it! 19 Oct 2009
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Honestly I don't know what to call this music genre. Deep... something, I'm sure. Black Meteoric Star has a sensibility that reminds me of faceless 90s electronica played in the background of movies when they showed club scenes. It's kinda postmodern how this intentionally generic music is reprocessed into an evocative and cohesive sound. If you have fond memories of those lovable heroin addicts in Trainspotting, this album may be for you as well.
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