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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Between Release, 26 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Vaya (Audio CD)
Despite only 7 tracks lasting just under 25 minutes ‘Vaya Ep’ is a powerful predecessor to ‘ROC’. While almost completely overshadowed by the follow up album; ‘Vaya’ provided that all important stage after ‘In/Casino/Out’ that allowed them to experiment with certain aspects of their style. The slightly different beats and a slightly faster pace on some of the tracks can be recognised as the all important style of ‘Relationship Of Command’. A lot of the work on the album appears to be very unrefined and a little time in the studio could have cleaned up the tracks to a standard worthy of standing alongside ‘ROC’; however the strong mix of guitars and vocals with that original ATD-I sound are still strong even without the clean up work. This is certainly clear on “300 MHz” and “Proxima Centauri" which, along with “Ursa Minor” and “Heliotrope”, are closer to the later ATD-I sound and make up the strongest tracks of the album, while “198d” and “Rascuache” sound more like the previous work ‘I/C/O’ and may even have been left out tracks from said album. Add to the list “Metronome Arthritis” (Probably the weakest track of the 7) and you have ‘Vaya’. Doesn’t sound too appealing, but stick it in between playing ‘I/C/O’ and ‘ROC’ and you’ll see why ‘Vaya’ is an essential album for any ATD-I fan. “300 MHz” personally sits among “Catacombs”, “Incetardis”, “Mannequin Republic” and “Transatlantic Foe” as ATD-I greats. Despite the quality (as mentioned) doing these tracks a great injustice they still shine through if your prepared to give them the chance of a few listens before you’ll realize the full effect ‘Vaya’ could have.
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