BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY
ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE:
MARCH 21, 2000 REVIEW: MAY 2, 2000
Sue Hutton and Jim Field came together to score soundtracks for events and TV-shows. The merging of their separate musical preferences, ethno and industrial, resulted in a hybrid not unlike that of Dead Can Dance.
Apparently Canada is a good place for this kind of music, and just like the case was with Bill Leeb's Delerium, they soon got more work and reached decent chart positions.
Rhea's Obsession don't really reach the heights of Dead Can Dance though. "Between Earth and Sky" is a distinctly American record, displaying hard guitar riffs and other rock elements alongside Sue's orientally inspired vocals and tribal percussion. The songs deal with spirituality, but lacking the intimate and mystical presence that Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are so famous of creating. Rhea's Obsession are more aggressive in their musical approach, drowning out the possibility for suggestive silences and low key elegance.
Still, Rhea's Obsession is among the most professional bands in this particular scene. With Sue's extraordinary and inspired singing and with such thrilling dark soundscapes, it is no wonder that TV-shows like "Le Femme Nikita" (OK, it's a terrible show, but still) want to make use of their music. For any fans of the Projekt label, this is the faster alternative, well worth checking out.