World of Tomorrow

Global Citizen

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It was early January 2002 when this reviewer wrote about World of Tomorrow's album III: "[this group] deserves to record a good-sounding album to fully demonstrate what their recipe can yield." Six months later, BAM! Global Citizen, the group's fourth release, is also its first studio recording. It fixes all the bugs that marred its well-intentioned but home-produced predecessors. Engineered and mixed by Ross Bonnadonna (a suitably weird man to start with), this album sees the highly original World of Tomorrow focusing on specific ideas. No extended lingering jams here; none of the 12 cuts crosses the ten-minute barrier. Instead, you are presented with sharp riffs, concentrated free funk improv, and avant-space rock, all rolled into a comprehensive running order that flows like the chapters of a great novel. Three-fifths of the bandmembers use electronics, which blurs the lines between individual contributions and makes the trip all the more fascinating. Highlights include Scott Prato's psychedelic rant in "The Soft Black Ground," the mad soloing (trombone?) in "Equal and Opposite," the hot licks in the opener "Neptune's Watery Hammer," and many more. This group is unique in its cross-stylistic approach. The prospect of free rock (i.e., atonal improv within a rock-based frame) has rarely sounded this compelling. Global Citizen marks maturity for this long-running group and comes highly recommended to fans of left-field space rock and unusual music in general.

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