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Mururoa — Planets
((Not on label) no#, 2001, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2001-12-01

Planets Cover art

Those people who assume that anything coming out of Italy is worth purchasing should check this one out. This is a concept album (I guess) about the planets, with tracks about the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Uranus. Some of the planets represent different concepts; Uranus for example is a “joker.” Most of it seems to be paper-thin metaphorical cover for more mundane ideas, when there is even a cohesive thread at all. Lyrics are in broken English, and sung as if vocalist Alviti is content with a rough phonetic approximation. Indeed, one wonders if he has any idea what he’s singing. Many of the instrumental parts sound as if the band was short on rehearsal time; there is a general air of ineptitude, with the egregiously bad drumming in tracks such as “Sun” serving as a lowlight. There are no new ideas here, just some longish sometimes poppy, sometimes jamming songs with pedestrian chops and no inspiration. This appears to be a private release, and little wonder frankly. One of those albums where you find new flaws with every listen.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 23, 2001 releases

Related artist(s): Mururoa

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