Beyond the Infiniteby Juno Reactor
Whether you believed Goa trance was the LSD-inspired wave of the future or just another bastardization of third-world culture, Juno Reactor has been plunging forward as if they don't care how close the genre could come to disaster. This might be a good time for the band to get a devil's advocate implanted inside their heads. Beyond the Infinite offers more of the east meets west dance sentiments thrown together in a surprisingly tiresome manner and its overall feeling of flipped-out exclusivity damages any of the band's mighty aspirations. "Silver" can have all the sitar friendliness to satisfy those prone to psychedelics, "Magnetic" nods along to the twirling excesses of an outdated pre-jungle beat, yet these efforts make the sober listener simply feel left out of a loop. It doesn't make things easier that the band has yet to choose which path to take. In "Samurai," for example (the track used in promoting Arnold Schwarzenegger's Eraser), there is more of a Photek-like, oriental focus on techno-trance operations than ever before. Which is an interesting new attempt; even though it feels stilted, confused, and just an excuse to steal the keyboards from the Cure's "A Forest." With its mystified sense of native adoration and tiring execution, Beyond the Infinite is an album signifying a band at a crossroads. They've now exposed about five musical directions to take, and it might take less (or more) drugs to show which path is the correct one.
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- Metropolis Records
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Bible of Dreams, Beyond the Infinite, Shango, Transmissions,... that's top notch electronic music the way I like it, and I am EXTREMELY picky with my electronica, actually wouldn't even consider myself a fan of the genre, but earlier jr is dope this album owns, I do however strongly recommend that you get the version with the extra song 'razorback', it is one of the best songs period by this artist anyway, do yourself a favor and get everything before, but including, their ep 'Hotaka'
This is the standard to which all the other trance artists aspire. Some come closer to the mark than others, but Ben Watkins et al have done something amazing here. Lock the doors, turn out the lights and just lie back and listen to this ... you will never be the same, and it's all perfectly legal :)
i am still amazed when i hear juno reactor. this album is perfect from the first second to last, with the sounds evoking sometimes very vivid images. there are always so many nuances and layers in their music- it is very complex and enthralls me. definitely that which all others aspire to, to paraphrase another reviewer.
I just received this cd yesterday and I can't stop listening to it. The first time I listened to Juno Reactor I bought their cd Bible of Dreams and loved it. Their music isn't repetitive like most techno bands out there now and for some reason all their songs will leave you wanting more. I'm happy I bought this cd and I'm going to get Transmissions ASAP. If you are a fan of techno buy this cd you will be very pleased.