Dario G


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It's quite appropriate that English dance trio Dario G should name its debut Sunmachine; bright beats and shining grooves grace the album like rays of light breaking a long darkness. Heavy on samples and even heavier on peace-and-love idealism, Sunmachine is electronic dance music swathed in a neon pop-colored smiley face. But it's all about studio tricks with Dario G; after an hour of this thematic journey (all the songs are tied together, and the climatic, ten-minute album closer wraps it all up in a winding, spinning kaleidoscope), it all begins to sound the same...and quite pointless. Still, the club hit, "Sunchyme" --with the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" as its anchor-- is a potent gust of aural illumination.

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