The New Machines debut album provides a slightly uneven set of songs, but as each track is dissected for its individual merit, you realize that songwriter Eric Blair is onto something that's comforting in its familiarity, yet completely original as well. Sugar-soaked 1960s British pop lends itself to "I Love My Machine," while the swirling space of "Enigmatic" sees guitar experimentation reach new peaks as classical lines interject with psychedelic colors. As for Blair's music bed for the song "Anesthetize Me," it would have fit nicely along with one of the other country-flavored forays on the Beatles' Let It Be. Saxophonist Sam Krall is even given space to pen the frantically paced "Blah, Blah, Blah," which seems to pay homage to new wave artists Devo. Although the songs may not fit together that well stylistically, this album should not be overlooked for its creative spirit.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Howell