Null Device A Million Different
By DJ Mortimer Steel
A name I've heard in circles
and have read about
now I finally have the chance to hear the band known
as Null Device. I have mixed feelings about this CD upon first listen. The
synthpop tracks on the first part of the CD have no comparison to the last
track entitled Speechless which is a mix of world beats and neo classical work
that is exquisite and almost sounds as if another band was at work here.
The stringwork in some tracks are notable and there is no
doubt the musicians are well rounded musicians, but all seem wasted as the
vocalist becomes my gripe with the project.
To me this whole retro synthpop thing is pure cheese. It
reminds me of some bands I've heard on the Ninthwave label. You will
unfortunately find no big elaborate glowing shiny review here and those who
enjoy this genre may have another opinion, but to me it definitely wasn't worth
what they paid for. Not only the CD package, but the quality studio time spent
on the flawless production work.
There are aspects of superior musicianship found in world
beat compositions in tracks such as Travelogue that are beautifully
arranged pieces. Then you get the Casio pop. Extreme love for the genre would
be the only reason for its release. I certainly don't see this being played at
the local EBM club.
A Million Different Moments is comprised of twelve
tracks and track twelve is the only one I found appealing. Nearly worth the
sticker price for Speechless alone, but unfortunately nothing else got my
attention. While some elements of this release are stellar this is merely a
surface scratch as to the CDs entirety. Better luck next time.
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH, 43202-0614, USA
Phone: (614) 297-7009
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