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Adaptive Reaction [reviews]
Glass |2008, Conduktiv Music|

Distant Dreams Desire, This Is Glass, Stainless Steel, Ricky's Hand, Heal Me, Error of My Heart, Falling Down, Your Way


If this Canadian band decided to release the album filled up with the songs kind of This Is Glass or Your Way, my rating would be higher. Both of the songs bring up something modern with fast rhythm and some kind of predatory atmosphere recalling music of such bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Angelspit or Rabbit Junk. Unfortunately the band decided to avoid having a good concept for the album which contains a mixture of styles ranging from electro-pop through gothic to somewhat quasi-industrial rock (with guitars but used very shy and covered with vocals and synths, except of Heal Me).

There's a lack of any original samples on the album. Arrangements and distorted vocals bring me the idea of what other standard electro bands have been using for a long long time. Not the most interesting synths and synthetic samples but also too much of vocals and lyrics with no leitmotif. That music doesn't build any atmosphere, even Error of My Heart which began cool turned into an electro-pop song.

Moreover I noticed an unequal volume level with not the best mastering (listen to a difference between Error of My Heart and Falling Down). The song titles need a punishment, there's nothing unique on the tracklist and such template titles were already used by a variety of gothic-electro-industrial-pop bands. The CD comes in an interesting metal case and a booklet-like poster featuring an abstractive black and white collage with pictures, credits and the tracklist.

I wish the band considered my positive critique and repair a few defects. Because as I noted above there were two songs which could grow up into something really cool and valuable in the near future with a bit of harder work and creativity. (NINa)


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