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Lost Eden - Asura

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Genre: Dance & Electronic / Artist: Asura / Import / Audio CD released at Unknown Label

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      29.01.2008 23:09
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      Asura's second album (2003).

      'Lost Eden' is the second album from France's Asura, and the final one to feature several musicians before the departure of Christopher Maze and Alex Ackerman saw this become a one-man project for Charles Farewell, who ironically remained (considering his name). This is an interesting new age album that mixes electronic ambience and trance with natural instruments and soft, often whispered singing, and it's a lot more rewarding for music fans than most generic new age music that's more geared towards repetition of bland hypnotic moods; these are actual songs, and what's more, there's a satisfying degree of difference between most of them.

      While the sound is still led by sweeping synthesisers, the presence of steady, soft electro rhythms in most songs keeps this more accessible, and there are clear songs such as 'Raindust' that feature more prominent vocals and a more recognisable, catchy rhythm to draw in casual listeners who may have been deterred by the ambience of the earlier tracks and the later evolution into dance. These latter songs are my least favourite purely for following a more traditional dance music style, beginning with 'Fahrenheit' and becoming even more of an issue in the ten minute pieces that form the less grand finale, but even being based around tedious electronic melodies and pulsing rhythms, they still maintain most of the atmosphere that was so successfully set up earlier in the album. I just can't help feeling disappointed by the second half's deterioration.

      These styles aren't conflicting in an overly distracting way, but all the same it isn't an album that should be listened to for relaxation, as it's clearly targeted towards electronic music fans. Songs such as 'Land & Freedom' end up being the most successful and intriguing for their skilled blend of electro with natural instruments such as flutes, and the shift in style to a whispered second half also keeps songs like this from falling victim to the curse of repetitive tedium that characterises much of the genre, and unfortunately comes into play later on this CD.

      1. Prologue
      2. Lost Eden
      3. From the Abyss
      4. Raindust
      5. Land & Freedom
      6. Fahrenheit
      7. Requiem from Nowhere
      8. Incoming
      9. The Battle of Devas
      10. Le vol d'icare

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Lost Eden
    2 From the Abyss
    3 Raindust
    4 Land & Freedom
    5 Fahrenheit
    6 Requiem From Nowhere
    7 Incoming
    8 Battle of Devas
    9 Vol d'Icare