Actually a split single with a fair if unremarkable Thurston Moore/Don Fleming collaboration on its flipside, "Sputnik" is the reason to listen in. It's Sonic Boom's tribute to an obvious forebear, English production legend and notoriously unbalanced figure Joe Meek. While Meek's work in many ways was far more conventionally pop than Boom's over the years, the former's obsession with science fiction and technology make for an obvious connection with the latter and his re-exploration of earlier electronic musics. Though "Sputnik" itself has its title as a tip of the hat to the glorious "Telstar," that song's triumphant, fiery feeling isn't replicated here -- instead Boom piles on the overdubs and free flowing drones and odd cries. There's a slow, slurring rhythm that keeps irregular pace amidst the thick wash of sound, and the end result is genuinely creeped out, like a huge machine slowly shutting down and fading away.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett