ALBUM 12-51, UNIVERSAL RELEASE: SUMMER,
2003 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 12, 2003
strangely depressing is something that could be levelled at "God’s
Prototype", this doesn’t necessarily imply something negative.
In fact, on the whole, the album is rendered quite warm and beautiful
through these very soundscapes.
Through the opening couple of tracks you do notice similar themes cropping
up - most of the tracks on this album are built up instrumentally to some
point of tension, and rounded off with warm atmospherics, creating a quite
lush set of songs - a perfect example of this being "Gone for the
Day" - which highlights this particular sound under the bleakness
of the repeated vocal line "Don’t give a damn if the world
ends today…". Unfortunately
as you progress through the album you begin to really notice a divide
occur; with tracks like "Road Flower" which are simply beautiful,
fragile pieces. "Road Flower" works especially because of the
isolated and delicate lone piano keys in the arrangement - very lush!
It is a shame that the whole album is not like this, as this is a very
mature, beautiful sound.
contrast, "Nose Bleed" is simply slow and monotonous - this
and other tracks of a similar vein just left me cold I am sad to say,
with "Crushed Again" being another example. And as for "Sixteen
Seconds Silence"… well that’s exactly what you get (pointless?).
sum up, this as a warm, atmospheric album which sometimes works beautifully
(especially the female vocal tracks), and other times really sounds self-indulgent.
When this album works it really works - when it doesn’t it really
doesn’t. Stripped down this could have made an amazing EP.