The Spacemen


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A well-known performance band on the Southeast dance scene, Spacemen tried to reach out to a large audience with the release of their first full-length album. Their most notable characteristic deals less with their music and more with their performance style, which includes wearing attention-grabbing masks in their 3-D shows. As for the album, it's not a sit-down-and-listen type of record, but rather one solely for a party scene. There isn't much variety to the tracks, in that they all follow a fairly strict backbone, and rarely shift in tempo. "N----e in the Sky" seems to stand out from the rest with a slightly different sound in the beginning and a slower beat, but as the track progresses it falls into the same pattern as the others. By far the best song on the album is the over-eight-minute anthem "Assimilation (Version 2.0)." The beat is excellent and the fast tempo fits perfectly into pretty much every party scene. What would have made this effort more commendable would have been an enhanced CD version, complete with videos to watch along with the songs. As it stands, Spacemen just aren't that exciting without the lights, the effects, and the masks of their shows. Without really mixing up the sound between tracks, the group has made an album that is very limiting in terms of projected audience.

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