Tuesday, 13 October 2009
No, not this guy. Sorry to any Trekkies reading.
I'm actually going to address our good friend daTa's new album "Skywriter". I got it when it came out awhile back, and I suppose you could say I was expecting some uber crunch electro like Paste Back and Aerius Light. Well, I was completely shocked when I listened and found an 80's pop album with beautiful melodic ambient pieces distributed throughout.
Since this is a recent 2009 release, I urge you to please purchase it. No download links will be offered, sorry. It's not a full album review, just some commentary on a few highlights.
Expecting crunchy, 80s-style electro, I was surprised to double click the first MP3 and be greeted by a spacey grand piano. As the track built up, it was like listening to Randy Edelman's score for Dragon Heart, but rendered with Gameboys and synthesizers. So yeah, that's Verdict. (Excellent soundtrack, by the way, I recommend you check it out.)
datA - Verdict
Here comes 80's pop! Baby you're one in a million! I should have left you alone sitting outside with your shoes off, waiting for the bus to come along. One In A Million is one of those tracks that's great and sucks at the same time. I can't really explain why... but for every ounce that I like this song, I dislike it just as much. Go figure.
datA - One In A Million
I honestly have no idea what the heck he was thinking with 'So Much In Love'. It feels like 10 minutes of pointless vocoder buildup. Once I'm slightly beyond the desire to strangle the song, it finally gets to the point and throws in a repetitive human vocal that lasts nowhere near as long as the obnoxious vocoder. This song really needed rewriting.
datA - So Much In Love
Renaissance Theme is kinda like Verdict, but more epic because it has an electric guitar solo halfway through. I think that should say it all, really.
datA - Renaissance Theme
Skywriter is probably the best track on the album. Choir intro, heavy beats and chopping, good vocals, both talent and lyrically. The buildup is absolutely epic. I don't think I could say one bad thing about this track.
datA - Skywriter
Hasten, music fans, buy this amazing album!