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4.4 out of 5 stars
Power of Seven
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on 8 January 2015
nice to chill to
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VINE VOICEon 7 July 2007
This day 07 - 07 - 07 has all sorts of connotations, but in this case, I thought I'd return to one of System 7's "easier" albums. The title is right too.......

I've been a fan of Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy for more years than I care to remember and have spent the last few months very much enjoying their earlier work from the seventies.

This is one heck of a good album. Every track showing different sides to Steve and Miquette's imagination. There's also a good bit more of Steve's guitar work too, although it's well buried in the mix, or just contributing as any other instrument does, rather than taking the lead..

Forget the "Dance music" tag and just try to get behind the obvious. I know I've said this before, but Steve and Miquette have always tried to lift the listener into a higher, happier state of mind and the "Osmosis" suite does just that, given half a chance. The rhythms take you along but listen behind that and you're sent on a journey easily on a par with, although rather different to any of my favourite German "Electronic Music" artists.

System 7 continue to delight with their more recent offerings too, but I recommend this one as a superb example of its type...
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VINE VOICEon 23 December 2002
Every track on this album is a winner. This is not surprising when guests on this album include Carl Craig, Tony Thorpe and Alex Paterson.
Opener 'Interstate' starts off with a riff like electronic rhythm and evolves into an atmospheric dance track. 'Civilization' is the Carl Craig collaboration. When at first you hear Craig's cubase drum technique, you may be taken aback, but on further listens this will be one of your faves.
Alex Paterson contributes with 'Davy Jones Locker', a beautiful ambient track and following that up is the stop and start rhythms of the Derrick May penned 'Big Sky City'. What more could you ask for? This is a virtual roll call of Detroit's finest!
'Good Morning' and 'Night Owl' are superb building tracks full of delicate melodies. 'Power of Seven' and 'Hangar 84' are in trance territory and show the chart toppers how good trance music is really done.
The final track 'Europa' finishes the album with aplomb. It's a perfect track, nothing innovative, but perfect at what it is, a 4/4 beat driven track with gorgeous melodies aimed at your mind not your feet.
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on 2 November 2004
I was introduced to Steve Hillage's 70s solo albums (Fish Rising/Motivation radio etc.) about 20 years ago, and very narrowly missed out on working with him in the early 90s when we were both working with Chrysalis in London (long sad story). I then 'discovered' System 7 quite by accident and was really excited. This was the first System 7 album i bought, and it coincided with a move toward Electronica in my own career (i was a guitarist in rock/funk bands, but had recently started producing electronic music for Film and TV), so it came as a pleasant suprise to hear how well Steve had incorporated his fluid and inspired guitar playing into a genre that traditionally doesn't sit well with the Electric guitar. Very few people have got away with it, especially in 4/4 dance numbers. Anyway, there are some really inspired moments on this album,and i responded most at the time to 'Mekotoub' which is a trance 4/4 number near the end of the album. But in retrospect, i think System 7 are best staying more ambient and chilled, as there are people out there who do 4/4 trance shakers with more confidence and believability than System 7. It is within the more laid back tracks on this album that Steve and Miquette really channel their sublime qualities best. On the whole though, i think this is an excellent piece of work, and the mix of tempo/style keeps things fresh.
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