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Not Even Close to IMA or ESCM
on 15 September 2013
I'm at a loss as to these great 5 star reviews I'm seeing. Has anyone here actually listened to BT's early work? IMA and ESCM are true, genre-defining classics that have stood the test of time. To compare this over-produced, samey, cheese-laden drivel to those albums is simply laughable.
Since the turn of the century, BT's work has largely been a pale shadow. "This Binary Universe" and the recent "If the Stars Are Eternal, So Are You and I" are really wonderful projects that I urge every fan of IMA and ESCM to buy. They are on a completely different level to "A Song Across Wires". Whilst they are delicate sonic journeys that whisk you away to another world, this is more "bash you around the head with a load of awful dub-step, soaring trance and vocal cheese". And I don't hate dubstep, there's some great dubstep out there - none of it is on this album.
It's painful to listen to at times. There's slick production (which is nothing to be lauded these days - it's the minimum you expect) and there's over-doing it for the sake of it i.e. showing off. Just a decent tune would be enough for my ears, none of these ear-bleeding sound clashes, over-complicated glitches and horrible, commercial sounding synths. Yes, BT has been headed down this path for a while now, with "Emotional Technology" and "These Hopeful Machines" and this is along those lines. But I am one of the many original fans who bought IMA way back in the 90s and was inspired by what he produced there. If you seriously think that this is on a par with those days, well, I am just speechless.
Reading this back, I sound like a miserable old grump! But as I say, I loved "If the Stars Are Eternal, So Are You and I", which has everything; subtlety, beauty, beats, melody and real depth to it. This effort has none of that. It's dull, it has zero soul and it feels like a complete sell-out from one of the great electronic producers. I think BT must realise his fans are polarised now and is releasing a mix of styles to suit both camps, which is something at least. I'm firmly in the other camp though - this is rubbish.