I SO wanted to like this record. Anne-Marie Helder is immensely talented and I very much liked her work with Karnataka. I am a big fan of modern prog rock - from bands like Anathema to Sanguine Hum and the folk rock traditions from Renaissance to Jethro Tull which inspire Panic Room. I was fully prepared to be washed away by the melodies and complexities of Satellite. Perhaps I would have been were the lyrics not so cliched.
"I run with the night, I am the cat, Roaming the city for all that is black, I have no home, no turning back, Out on my own, I am a cat, Meow, Meow", Panic Room sing on I am a Cat. On Yasuni - a well-intentioned but ultimately trite lament for the Amazon they sing "In this land there could never be, Enough oil for a century, But still they come, Fighting wars of economy, Breaking laws of humanity."
A great deal of work has gone into the arrangements and production of this CD which is first class. But music of Panic Room's complexity merits lyrics of equal complexity, free of platitudes and cliches. Satellite is thick with both... It would be a wonderful thing if Panic Room were as exigent with their lyrics as they clearly are with their music and if they simply aren't up to it as lyricists their musical prowess would suggest that they employ someone who is.