Neutronic Vs. Planet Earth

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Neutronic could not help but disappoint a little with Neutronic Vs. Planet Earth, his follow-up to the amazing Last Year's Product. The album is definitely good, but there are simply too many lulls to really consider it a great album. The opener, "Scourge of the Free World," is a very strong start, building on the sound collage vibe of the last album. After that, however, there are several songs that have very good ideas behind them, but feel unfinished. "Little Robot Children" is a good example; the stop-and-start beat is accentuated by a robotic synthesizer part, but rarely shifts away from that general sound. The twisted ambience of "Above the System" is a nice touch for the middle of the album, but again the songs that follow have that same hollow, unfinished vibe. "Subvertor" is an interesting exception, sounding all the world like a cross between James Horner's theme to Aliens blended with Aphex Twin-style clipped backbeats. This is by no means a bad album, but Neutronic Vs. Planet Earth is not up to the standards set by the albums before and after it.

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