Cybertribe

Immortality

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Purportedly based on the journals of Captain Frederic Windgate from the petroglyphs he found in a cave after being shipwrecked in Tasmania in 1789, Immortality is the tale of the crash landing of a spaceship from Andromeda 30,000 years ago. The captain's journal was bought in 1983 by John Deere, the man who is Cybertribe, and proves the inspiration for this music, which he calls a "psychic journey." Unfortunately for much of the time the inspiration doesn't appear to have been too strong, as "Seaside Traveling" slides by in a yawn and "The Spirit of Earth Continues" is simply plodding -- not a comment on humanity itself, one hopes. There are brighter moments, of course: "Welcome to the Journey" sparkles, working around a synthesized digeridoo (as does "Outland," which manages to be politely tribal).The problem, really, is that it's difficult to become worked up about this album, because it remains too restrained throughout. That keeps it firmly in the new age realm, to be sure, but along the way the power of the music is diluted. There's no doubt Deere can be inventive and melodic, but he also needs to unleash his inner demons if he's ever going to make really exciting music.

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