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Dave Russell — Paradox
(DNA Records DNACD08, 1997, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1999-04-01

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Paradox is entirely composed and performed by Dave Russell with the exception of a guest drummer on a few of the tracks. Most of the sonic landscape is painted with a variety of keyboard textures. Guitar is sporadically present, and primarily as a solo instrument when it is. As a strange contrast to the rest of the instruments, the guitar solos are very hard-rock sounding. There's quite a variety of keyboard tones, ranging from Hawkwind-esque spacey drone washes to Pet Shop Boys high resonance siren-like stabs. Several of the tracks have a definite dance feel to them with drum machines and sequenced bass synth, but some of the other keyboard tones and certainly the solo guitar gives the tunes more of a spacerock feel. There aren't vocals in the traditional rock sense, but the album isn't strictly instrumental either. There are occasional vocal samples and a few non-worded vocal parts too. Those who enjoy fast-paced dance beat music would enjoy some of the sonic variety Russell displays on the album. Those who can't listen to fast drum machine and synth-based tracks in 4/4 for an hour should probably look elsewhere.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 17, 1997 releases

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