Interesting and atmospheric!,
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This review is from: The Last (Audio CD)
I was interested to hear this album after having heard their first release on the mini-loop label. I thought that album - not available via Amazon I think - had great potential but was without real direction. This album is much more rounded off. The one thing it lacks is strong melodies, but that isn't really what the music is about. MA is really playing around with sound - it's also very beat driven - not unlike the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew or Herbie Hancock's Mawandishi style of music. But it's even darker than those albums and one could say that the music broods.
If you're buying the album hoping to hear hot sax solos then you'll be dissapointed. Tom Challenger uses his instrument as part of the group adding to the whole atmosphere. Dave Smith's drums sound great, Matt Calvert who seems to mix the whole thing together (live) via his electronic set-ups, makes them into something really special.
If you're curious there's a video on YouTube* with them rehearsing/recording one of the tracks which is pretty representative.
*= It was there when I wrote this - see the date.