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This review is from: Pomme Fritz (Audio CD)
I remember the fuss over this cd when it came out, back in 1994 (is it really 10 years ago????). The media weren't too pleased with it at all, as they wanted more of what had made this group great in the first place - i can never understand most music journos - if a group keeps the same style from album to album they are seen as boring; if a group changes it's style often then they are criticised for not playing the old stuff.....annoying! That was the case here. 'Pomme Fritz' is a fine album - a little odd, uncontrollably ambient, and most of all, refreshingly new...even 10 years on. The title track opener is probably the only track that bares any resemblance to their previous material - and the most sane piece here. It chugs and builds over 9 minutes and is in fact rather beautiful. Then things start to go a little odd - the next 5 tracks show The Orb in experimental mode. Electronically enhanced voices, off skew beats, weird synths, dreamy ambient sounds and just plain silliness take over and the whole thing sounds like Nurse With Wound doing dance music (Check out NWW's Rock N Roll Station, a good point of reference - which was also released the same year). In Particular, 'Alles Ist Schoen' sounds like one of Ash Ra Temple's early side long drone pieces - tho more updated - flowing synths, with a quiet, bubbling beat underneath....very special indeed. Another good reference point for some of the music here would be updated dub music, particulalry some of Lee Perry's weirder stuff from the mid to late 1970's. I'm actually finding this album quite hard to describe, however, the best thing to do is just buy it and see for yourself....it would be worth it - top notch Orb!
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2011 09:51:30 BDT
Simon Mack - creative says:
probably the best review here of this LP - you obviously know yr stuff. am always amazed Lee Perry never gets mentioned elsewhere as a influence. cheers.
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