If Not Now


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If Not Now Review

by Chris Nickson

This lineup of e2K (the band formerly known as E2, then previously Edward II) has been settled for a while, so this album should see them forging ahead and breaking new ground, as previous incarnations have done with English dance music in the past. Sadly, this time they don't manage it; they still appear to be treading water. Kellie While proves to be a more than adequate vocalist, but even she can't inject a spark into material that's crafted but oddly lacking in vital inspiration, such as "Come and Join Us." Even "He Moved Through the Fair," its gender changed from the traditional original, fails to find any real transcendence. It's not because of the quality of the musicianship, by any means; these are all seasoned players of astonishing ability. While it's a subtle album, even repeated playings don't really bring out many secrets to increase the enjoyment. "Chance Melody" may be a lovely tune, but it never seems to come alive. e2K want to move the listener, to make him delve and think. Unfortunately, to do that you need to engage, and this album never quite achieves that end.

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