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All Things Change

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Timing is everything, certainly in the quickly moving world of electronica, and All Things Change, the album debut from L.A. producer Doug Rimerman, sounds just a bit behind the times. Though he's an innovative, clever producer, Rimerman is caught between the rugged sound of early-'90s ambient techno (B12, Autechre, Black Dog) and the glitch-heavy programming monsters who, by the end of the decade, became the mark of a real professional in the world of electronic listening music. All Things Change has neither the production intricacies of later techno or the strong melodies and graceful programming that occasionally save any exceptions to the rule. Most of the tracks just have too many similarities: fast-moving, distorted percussion; squelchy acid melodies; and waves of synth over-arching all. There's an understated flair to a few inclusions ("Distorted Ripple" for one), but Rimerman should either spend more time in front of the computer or come up with stronger songs for future records.

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