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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Adrian Belew / Import / Audio CD released 1999-12-23 at Caroline

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      21.03.2008 23:06
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      Adrian Belew's seventh album (1994).

      Thankfully the final album of Adrian Belew's mostly disappointing era of throwback sixties pop-rock, 'Here' is also slightly superior to its predecessors, mainly for featuring more experimental touches - even if most of these were admittedly experimented with by the Beatles thirty years earlier. Indeed, some songs are clear Beatles imitations, particularly 'Burned By the Fire We Make,' the ethereal 'Fly' and the Eastern-tinged 'Survival in the Wild' that features George Harrison style sitar, while others vary between generic outdated imitation and quite good guitar touches that really should have been used more extensively.

      The style here is mostly similar upbeat, energetic, light rock that's thankfully moderated by the softer elements to avoid becoming too repetitive. 'Dreamlife' is a welcome acoustic song that works well with the surrounding tracks, and it's as late as 'Brave New World' that the electric riffs make their long-awaited comeback, leading the rest of the album out in style until the downbeat, soft conclusion 'Postcard from Holland' that couldn't be more literal if it tried.

      Even the early, poppy songs feature enough in terms of changeable structure to appease music fans, but those who are more expressly interested in Belew's progressive side will doubtless enjoy the latter songs the most, particularly 'Brave New World' and 'Futurevision' that highlight his guitar abilities. The rest of the album isn't that bad either - it just isn't anything to write a postcard to Holland about.

      1. May 1, 1990
      2. I See You
      3. Survival in the Wild
      4. Fly
      5. Never Enough
      6. Peace on Earth
      7. Burned by the Fire We Make
      8. Dreamlife
      9. Here
      10. Brave New World
      11. Futurevision
      12. Postcard from Holland

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 May 1, 1990
    2 I See You
    3 Survival in the Wild
    4 Fly
    5 Never Enough
    6 Peace on Earth
    7 Burned by the Fire We Make
    8 Dreamlife
    9 Here
    10 Brave New World
    11 Futurevision
    12 Postcard from Holland