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Adlernebel - PK 08/153
Release Date: 3 July 2000
The Forgotten Trail 8.38
Raum und Zeit 6.30
The West is the Best 5.18
Pure Energy 6.45
You Gotta Hold it in Your Lungs Longer, George 7.08
all tracks written by Pete Namlook and DJ Dag
Over-happy ambient techno that pairs these two artists together for an uninspiring release. This release becomes a Dance 2 Trance style techno/trance, fused with some ever-flowing Namlook ambient. The trance is rather smooth, yet driving, trance, but not on epic proportions. The house/trance sequences sound very early 90's, not necessarily a bad thing, but does pull away from repeated listening. Track four provides us with a well done all out dancefloor tune, but again sounds rather dated. Interesting sample at the tail end of track 5. The final track is completely different from the rest of the album. It is a slightly hypnotic breakbeat track filled with samples of cannabis smoking. This is not a bad release, it is just not a memorable one.
I had to check the date on this cd several times, because it truly sounds like something from the early days of FAX.
(review by jackthetab)
DJ Dag is Pete Namlook's newest studio playmate, and their first collaboration, Adlernebel, is a slickly produced trance album that shows promise of a good musical chemistry. 'The Forgotten Trail' begins with one of the most cheerful and upbeat riffs found on a FAX record in recent memory. A lone synth plays a slight variation of 'Somewhere Out There' (the Fivel song) while spiraling flamenco guitars ease into the background. Chilled beats complete the mix and the listener is left with a warm feeling that calls to mind happy summer evenings spent with loved ones. Unfortunately, this is the best track on the album. The next four tracks are mediocre trance tunes that, while fun and enjoyable, are not memorable. 'Raum und Ziet' sounds like a 21st century reincarnation of the Flock Of Seagulls sound. 'The West Is The Best', 'Pure Energy', and 'Dagar' all sound a bit dated - as if they came from the early 90s house scene. The last track, 'You Gotta Hold It In Your Lungs Longer, George', however, is an abomination. Hard trip-hop beats are mixed in with sounds of marijuana smoking and annoying constant repetitions of the title phrase. It is disappointing to find such a blatant sell-out subject on a FAX record, especially in the sophomoric fashion in which it is presented here. This track tarnishes Namlook's usual reputation for subjects that are beautiful, spiritual and ethereal, and very nearly ruins an otherwise decent release.
(review by RecuRsion)