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Psychonavigation 3

 Psychonavigation 3 - AW 038 (also PW 33)
  Release Date: 17 November 2005
  Limitation: none

   Telepathy I                     15.31
   Trautoniolo                      4.02
   Mind Tranceference Control      16.24
   Mind Over Energy                12.56
   Vocal PSI                        2.56
   Telepathy II                     4.52
   Lights Out                       1.00

  all tracks written by Pete Namlook and Bill Laswell

To me this is more pleasing to the ear than part two of the series (FAX point: whether these numerical progressions should be viewed as series or albums in their own right is another question). In general this disc is warmer than the more monochrome P2 and uses a theme that seems to be repeated through much of the disc - a bouncing bass filled and somewhat alien ditty that just pulses away. For me the relatively shorter track lengths keep things moving along nicely and some of the tracks here are genuinely uplifting, moving even. Mind transference control (nabbing a sample from the ultimate lord of darkness from Gilliam's Time Bandits) is a truly brilliant atmosphere-filled epic. Sixty seconds to lights out....

(review by Rowland Atkinson)

The third volume in the series shows matters progressing towards more "traditional" pastures, here there are recognisable song structures, beginnings, middles, ends and all that jazz....

Although the first track is about as deeply chilled as it gets, with the odd orchestral touch later on, there's a bit more of an organised feel to much of the rest of the disc, especially on the standout "Mind Over Energy". That's not to say that this release is noticably upbeat or lively, but I do feel it is rather less aimless than some of Namlook and Laswell's work.

Structure isn't always all it's cracked up to be of course, but if you're a fan of the more laid-back side of Fax, this one's well worth a look.

Verdict - 7/10

(review by Martin Jones)


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