- Release Date:
- Metropolis Records
Performance CreditsRhea's Obsession Primary Artist
Sue Hutton Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Jim Field Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Ed Hanley Percussion,Tabla
Dave Klotz Keyboards
Technical CreditsMichael Ryan Composer
Rob Sanzo Producer
Rhea's Obsession Producer
Jim Field Programming,Engineer
Noah Mintz Enhanced CD Design
Sue Hutton Engineer
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Between Earth and Sky based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Repeatedly critics were telling that this record was one of the best dark wave albums in 2000, and it was not in vain. Rhea's Obsession show us that they are not one-day band, and they know how to create real music. The human being is an animal by its nature (and by the way, 'nature' is the keyword for this record). And as an animal, human being needs genuine expanse, distant horizon and sense of unrestricted freedom. This statement is true in moral and spiritual meanings too. And Rhea's Obsession gives you that in ''Between earth and sky'': you can see beyond daily common things, you have your own world with wishful freedom and natural infinite space. The album is natural itself, like one live organism, and the aggregate of songs is like breathing: take for example the interchange of sinister ''Mahakala'', then following soothing ''Spill Elixir'' and again active ''Matrika'', and after that - measured ''Delusion''; then you feel completely hypnotized by ''Breakthrough''. You can barely feel how awesome tension gives place for dreamy serenity. From one side this album is ''ethereal'', from another - ''industrial'', from the third it turns to pure ''goth''. I can count styles for several pages, because Rhea's Obsession are grounded on experimentation and used it without ceremony. But one interesting thing takes place: you can't fly up too high to ''ethereal'', to the Sky, because ''goth'' and ''industrial'' are trying to hold you on the Earth and in that way don't let you fall down to hit yourself badly with reality. The band itself can confirm it: Sue Hutton's sensual voice wants to bring you to the Sky, but Jim Field's irresistible guitar can't let you go, and this collaboration holds you in suspended condition directly Between Earth and Sky. The album begins with ''Too Deep'' and ''Mortal Ground'', lyrical ballads with competent guitar sound and soft bewitching vocals, making you relax. Then without any warnings you're getting into sharp and changeable ''Spiritual Fear'' and ''Nightshade'', songs with pronounced rock sounding. Stylish and beautiful song ''Between Earth and Sky'' is marking out opportune tablas contrasted with smooth guitar passages. ''Mahakala'' and ''Spill Elixir'' show Jim Field's great skills in playing music in all its ways, from professional guitar soundscapes to beat slides. And of course the pride of this album is Sue Hutton's voice, multi-leveled, powerful, with subtle Celtic notes, it can brilliantly express inner and outer chic beauty of its owner. In general, ''Between earth and Sky'' will always be an embellishment of dark wave scene, as it will touch hearts of the listeners.
I ordered this CD with the expectation of viewing the image on the reverse side of the cover. Though disappointed by the lack of Full Frontal, I do enjoy the contents of the data bits packed into the enclosed disc. I mounted the technical hurdle of extracting them with the appropriate decoding device such as a CD player. I find this CD most enjoyable at night wile driving the wrong way down a dark highway with the lights off. The hypnotic trance audio vapors are very inducive to sleep, bringing me closer and closer to a sweet end on a poorly lit, sparsely populated 3 am freeway.
They should have spent more time on the vocal performances. The singer drifts out of key constantly on held notes, and lands on bad pitches. AutoTune or AVOX or one of the other pitch correction plug-ins should have been applied. The music has very good atmosphere, great for a winter hybrination, but to my ear, the vocals make me think this is an ameature production.