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Inspiring but not inspired,
This review is from: Consequence Music (Audio CD)
In recommending this album, a number of reviews have compared Dextro to Aphex Twin and Mogwai. In general, whenever a newspaper columnist name-checks these two acts, it's a sure sign that they think it's quite good but don't know what they're talking about. Sure, it has ambient beats, droning intrumental sounds and indecipherable vocal samples, but there are closer comparisons.
Dextro's album is effectively a homage to Ulrich Schnauss with added spoken word elements. This isn't such a bad thing - I personally count his 2003 album 'A Strangely Isolated Place' among my all-time favourites. Nevertheless, Dextro's release merely creates the impression that you've heard this done before, and the emotive signature themes, while undeniably effective, seem predictable as a result. The other flaw is the length of the tracks, in many cases dragging on to around 8 minutes. This is excusable in anything marketed towards DJs, but for home listening it becomes interminable, and I can't see much of a role for this in a club.
In fairness, there are elements of progress, such as a more liberal use of samples, and a slightly more incisive aspect to some of the tracks that sets them apart from Scnauss' signature aural blur. Some of them could easily be mistaken for tracks by Air, but again, this praise must be tempered with acknowledgement that it's been done before.
If you find yourself impatient for the forthcoming Ulrich Schnauss album, then by all means buy this to fill a hole in your listening schedules. It does combine elements from several artists to move the field along incrementally, but overall the outcome is agreeable rather than revolutionary.