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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the requisite supernova moment for it to shine brighter., 2 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Life Cycle Of A Massive Star (Audio CD)
Roly Porter's follow-up to his 2011 debut `Aftertime' is his concept album `Life Cycle Of A Massive Star'.

As the album title suggests, Porter has ambitious plans, condensing a star's life of around a billion years into 5 tracks called `Cloud', `Gravity', `Birth', `Sequence' and `Giant'. Porter conveys the immensity of a stars life and death through a cinematic wall of noise, drones and ambient soundscapes. Its suitably grand and dynamic in scale, the cosmic themes allow Porter to expand his sound to include more subtlety and detail. This album is not as textured and layered as `Aftertime' was, this immediacy offers a very different state of reflection. Its not difficult to imagine it as a soundtrack to accompany a sci-fi film, but it works in its own right.

Considering its grand themes, `Life Cycle Of A Massive Star' lacks the drama for such a momentous moment in time. The final track `Giant' sums up what Porter is capable of, but there's also a nagging familiarity to the music, reminiscent of the darker moments of Murcof and Deaf Center. `Life Cycle Of A Massive Star' certainly builds on the achievements of Porter's debut, it just lacks the requisite supernova moment for it to shine brighter.

Rating: 7/10
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