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|Greg Knowles||Dulcimer, Cymbalom|
|Steve Lewinson||Bass Guitar|
|Dave Arch||Celeste, Harpsichord|
|Junkie XL||Producer, Engineer|
|Simon Wright||Programming, Sound Design|
Posted October 1, 2010
After years of waiting, it is finally 8/06/02. Having spent the morning preparing myself physically, mentally, and spiritually, I slipped airdrawndagger into my player this afternoon and forgot all else. My first impression was that this album is different, but it is what I had expected to hear from Sasha. After listening to it, airdrawndagger can be summed up in one word - perfection. Perfection comes with strong connotation so let me explain. Some might not like this album... it is a lot more spacier and subtle than anything else Sasha has done. It isn't like the second CD of Ibiza, where every other song was an obvious high bpm hit. airdrawndagger is a lot more like the first CD of Ibiza, where the entire CD should be seen as one song. The first three songs set the mood. ''dremples'' and ''magnetic north'' set the atmosphere, while ''mr tiddles'' attempts to set a groove, but it is not until the wonderful ''cloud cuckoo'' that you really get into the album. ''immortal'' and ''fundamental'' are deeper, more sinister songs that transition into what are in my opinion the best two songs on the album, ''boileroom'' and ''bloodlock.'' They sound very much like ''xpander,'' only done with more precision and subtlety. ''requiem'' and ''golden arm'' carry on the climactic high, leading into the hit finale ''wavy gravy,'' where Sasha's perfectionism really shines. Perfection? I see this album as having no flaws. There are no songs that sound out of place; everything fits. You wont find a bunch of songs like ''xpander'' and ''rabbitweed'' compiled together, but you will find a seamless and subtle mix with two or three climax moments slipped in. You need patience to appreciate the man, but you already knew that. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.