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Another day, another Bvdub album. Now this guy is nothing if not prolific. I have enjoyed several of his past efforts, ‘The First Day’ especially has the ability to send my off to sleep gloriously at the end of a long day trudging over bleak, sopping moorland. I’m a bit torn with this review as my initial impression is that to me this is exactly like his last album ‘All is Forgiven’, in fact I could cut and paste the review from that one. Swirl of ambient voices and electronics - CHECK, sounds a bit like Third Eye Foundation CHECK, weak beats CHECK, has the constant air of ‘90s new agers Enigma CHECK.
Okay so lets get the weaknesses out the way, it’s samey and repetitive and has a nu-age feel. The beats are limp and ineffective, at times you wonder if the album would be better off without them there at all. But despite this, Bvdub creates music that has the ability to take you into a world far from the grey drab-ish one we inhabit. It’s blissed out, ambient and dreamy and if you were coming to this album for the first time you no doubt would be impressed. I just think that Bvdub can and has done a lot better than this and once you have three or four albums of this kind of thing how many do you actually need?
There is some movement towards a dancier slightly more eastern sound and even at my most critical, it’s hard to argue that tracks like ‘Washes Away In Your Waves (This is Love)’ aren’t absolutely gorgeous. It builds slowly and surely with voice added on voice until you are suddenly adrift in some beautiful place. Good but samey.
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