9/10 Mike Staff review, 09 February 2012
With the whole glut of analogue synth wannabes doing the rounds nowadays, Finders Keepers have done us the favour of compiling, with the cooperation of the artist herself, this sweeping anthology of Suzanne Ciani's electronic creations spanning from 1969 to '85. We've got a mixture of extended private recordings that have never been heard before and more commercial ventures, including a few little TV spots for the likes of Coca-Cola and Atari. The sleeve describes her as “the American Delia Derbyshire of the Atari generation”, which sounds snappy, doesn't it? Of course this doesn't sound an awful lot like our Delia, but the point they're making about her being on the leading edge of her generation still rings true on listening to this album, much of which sounds alarmingly modern, with bright melodies and busy arpeggios vying for your attention and it's clear Ciani has great instincts for pace and tone and melody as well as a playfully experimental approach that make the compositions here so full of life and character and fun. There's some extended pieces recorded purely for her own satisfaction towards the end that include a quite uplifting drone piece called 'Sound Of Wetness', but the majority of the stuff here is quite lively, fresh synth and electronic work that's really stood the test of time.
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