Christian Vander — Offering III-IV
(Seventh Records AV-AVI, 1990, CD)
by Dan Casey, Published 1995-11-01
Although this was released four years after the first Offering album, this Offering picks up right where that one left off, and is in many ways not much different at all. Only three tracks here, the dominant one being the 44-minute "Another Day." Notwithstanding some fine moments, the hardest thing to swallow in this track are the dismal English lyrics sung over a mediocre soul / dance groove. Thankfully, this theme only appears at the start and end of the piece. The jazz element is stronger here, too, with fellow members of the Christian Vander Trio performing on bass and piano (Philippe Dardelle and Emmanuel Borghi). Most of the musicians from the first "Offering" return on this one too. The last two tracks "Ehn Deiss" and "Offering (2)" sound exactly like leftover material from the first project. Again, another hit or miss album which aims to experiment and explore new ground, but does so armed with compositions too weak to make the journey fruitful.
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