Trance Mission continues the mess that Stephen Kent started in 1988 with Lights in a Fat City, though I'm not sure I hear the fruits of five years of didgeridoo practice in between. But I do hear Beth Custer's admirably obnoxious Beefheart-style skin-sax on "Bo Didgely" and her try at tacking klezmer clarinet onto tabla on the root-bound "Folk Song." My favorite piece, however, is the solemn 11-minute "Tunnel", which wriggles through a worm-hole of gaseous material unexplored since Gong abandoned its five-year mission over 15 years ago. Too raucous, adventurous, and funny for its intended new age audience, Trance Mission is worldbeat space rock at full impulse power.
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AllMusic Review by Bob Tarte