Saturated with bleeps, blips, and a symphony of instruments and sounds, brainchild Sean Murphy attempts to reinvent the electronic wheel, and does a more than capable job at it. From the opening "In the Future," which has all the markings of the Avalanches minus the hip-hop backbeat, the group leaves nothing to waste. "Black Mood for a Bright Day" contains the same traits, but is a bit more new wave sounding. "She Is the Queen of My Mind" is more pop-friendly, with Murphy moving through a stream of consciousness in the vein of a futuristic Lou Reed. The album can be a bit disconcerting, as "I Wait for You to Come" has some strong grooves to it, but they are lost in a series of samples and sounds apparently spliced together. Murphy's voice comes across like a blend of Van Morrison and Laptop on "Empty Shell," but it's not used as often as one might like. A James Brown cover of "I Don't Mind" is a strong song without the various layers and textures. "She IS FAST" contains some synth pop ideas, but it's almost bypassed among a series of short, aimless snippets. Murphy manages an occasional lush instrumental, such as "Sparkle" and the closing "Melancholy in the Studio," perhaps the strongest track here.
AllMusic Review by Jason MacNeil
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