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Don't believe the hype
on 25 April 2003
In a fit of passion (for new music) I recently spent my last tenner on this record by Manitoba that has been garnered with the most lavish of praise from all quarters of the music press. Disappointed? That doesn't even come close. 'Like early Mercury rev' they say, 'in the same camp as the Flaming lips' , 'elements of aphex twin'......it's all lies. I listened to the album again and again - seeking out the nuggets of genius that I had been told were abound. I was left completely underwhealmed - the songs float whimsically in and out without ever taking flight for long enough to be engaging. This would be fine if this was a proper ambient album - but it's pretentions are far greater. But just as it lacks the beauty of ambient records it also lacks the balls of a dance record - Bass sounds and other important elements are consistently too low in the mix...even at high volume this record lacks any kind of punch.
The lyrics are completely devoid of any meaning or any warmth, but even worse is the fact that they are cut and layered and repeated to such an extent that you get the impression that they're supposed to mean something...
Sort of like the polyphonic Spree on a really bad trip which has made them lose their sense of humour and the ability to play their instruments.
Altogether very poor...I'm sure that I've heard better music coming from the bedrooms of countless teenage dance producer wannabe's....
save your last tenner for something else.