8/10 Dave Staff review, 14 September 2011
The debut album from Finnish rockers SIINAI is a sly homage to the wonder and unification that only the Olympic games can produce. The passion, the drama, the failed drug tests. Mebbe not the last part but you catch my drift. It really does remind you of Chariots Of Fire in some of its slower more atmospheric pieces. It totally has a touch of Vangelis to it. It also has lots of motorik drums, heady ambient sounds and dramatic gravitas. It reminds me of a lot of things, like Kraftwerk (but a bit more rocking), Trans Am (but a bit less rocking) and marathons. A lot of it has a really floaty, almost heavenly quality. The production's really good on this record, the synths sweep past you like Usain Bolt, the rhythms lollop away from you like Seb Coe in his pomp, and the bass rumbles and hop, skip and jumps its way towards your mind's gold medal like Carl "I'm Clean Goddammit" Lewis. Even though I only had chance to listen to it the once, I will say that it does have moments of reflection (well it is a CD, etc.) and packs quite an emotional punch (like Mike Tyson crying) at times it has to be said. The compositions aren't exactly rushing off the blocks, but I guess a bit of patience is required. All in all though, this is a really strong debut album. If this is what the Olympics is like I want in. Show me to the podium. A hypnotic journey of synth proportions.
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