T-Bass UK — The Fabulous Neutrinos
(Infection INFECT003, 2001, CD)
by Phil Derby, Published 2002-09-01This disc opens in very upbeat, rocking fashion, as electronic music meets rock anthem. “Know Fear,” despite the name, is a bright, lighthearted affair, a dead ringer for the stronger melodic output by Tangerine Dream in the mid to late 80s. A soaring electric guitar and softly processed female vocal enhances the mood. Back to energetic with “The Lighthouse,” which features an infectious beat and lush synth strings. Pinpoint arrangements and melodies abound. The music isn’t daring or original, but the sound quality, composition and production are excellent throughout. On “Gazing at the Edge of Forever” the female vocal returns. She keeps repeating the word “dream,” in a breathy whisper that is good initially, but loses its effectiveness somewhat through overuse. “Call from the Wild Side” again begs references to Tangerine Dream, as this could have come straight off their Livemiles CD. “6EQUJS (Wow!)” has even stronger references to TD, sounding much like Christopher Franke’s solo material from The London Concert perhaps, though the harpsichord patch again brings to mind Livemiles. Familiar themes and synthesizer sounds run through most of the material, it sort of camps out in a comfortable groove. For fans of earlier vintage Berlin school, or prog rock, or something else, it may seem a bit vanilla. For fans of melodic 80s electronic pop/rock, this should hit the spot.
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