Precious Time

Precious Time

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by Euphoria
     
 
Critics have scrambled for a label to categorize Euphoria's sound, ever since "Delirium" raged across the airwaves. One suggestion might be electro-blues, an all-encompassing term that still doesn't quite capture all the elements that go into Ken Ramm's amazing musical stew. It certainly, however, describes "Back Against the Wall," a

Overview

Critics have scrambled for a label to categorize Euphoria's sound, ever since "Delirium" raged across the airwaves. One suggestion might be electro-blues, an all-encompassing term that still doesn't quite capture all the elements that go into Ken Ramm's amazing musical stew. It certainly, however, describes "Back Against the Wall," a sensational techno-flavored number, drenched in slide guitar, steaming harmonica, and bubbly keyboards. And it's equally apt for "Blue" (one of a quartet of excellent vocal tracks, this one featuring Tina Dico), which speeds irrepressibly toward U2 territory in places, albeit in a thoroughly techno mode. However, the tag doesn't work for "The Glendale Train," built solely on a blues riff, Ramm's phenomenal 12-string guitar, and a tinge of Blind Faith around the edges. But that's the beauty of Precious Time, Euphoria's strongest set to date, for Ramm is taking his project even deeper into unexplored territory. The carefully sequenced album pushes in a variety of stylistic directions, including the country & western shades of "Cowboys" and "Fire in the Hole," the Bristol sound of both the title track (featuring Tracy Bonham) and the haunting Tricky-esque "The Getaway," the space rock goes blues of "Forever Dust," and the floating Orb-esque psychedelia of "Vapor." At least four songs on this set cry out "radio hit," and the rest should keep a wide range of club DJs busy for months to come, for every track within will undoubtedly have its fans. So electro-blues doesn't quite sum up the breadth of this set, nor even hint at the flawless musicianship, stunning productions, and strength of each and every song. But it's a start.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Zoe Records
UPC:
0601143105623
catalogNumber:
431056
Rank:
200983

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Euphoria   Primary Artist
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Gerry Mosby   Bass
Steve Sidelnyk   Drums
Ken Whiteley   Jew's Harp
Tracy Bonham   Vocals
Peter Lockett   Tabla,Mouth Percussion
Sean Spuehler   Keyboards
Ken Ramm   Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow,Drum Sticks
Scott Acomba   Harmonica
Danièle Massie   Voices
Richard Robson   Keyboards
Gary Hughes   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Tina Dico   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerry Mosby   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Steve Sidelnyk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Donal Hodgson   Producer,Engineer
Tracy Bonham   Composer
Sean Spuehler   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Joel Fox   Engineer
Greg Below   Engineer
Ken Ramm   Composer,Producer
Richard Robson   Programming
Gary Hughes   Programming
Tina Dico   Composer

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Precious Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ovaltinedrinker More than 1 year ago
Wow.. I just can't get enough of this music. I was in Polo, Ralph Lauren, one day, in the dressing room, and "Back against the wall" was playing. I was groovin' in the dressing room big time, I LOVED THE MUSIC! I came out and asked the salesguy what was playing on their music system, what was that song?!!! He wrote it down for me, "Back against the wall" by Euphoria. I often keep notes on songs I've heard so that I can get the music.. I keep them all over the place, notes here and there. I added this song to one of my notes when I got home and asked my son to please get me the CD for Christmas. I was really shocked when I found another note, with more songs written on it recently, from who knows when.. maybe a year or so ago, and can you believe I'd written "Back against the Wall" on that one too? So, TWICE, I'd written the same song because it had moved me so much.. and I love every single damned song on the CD. Now, I'm buying a second one to give to a friend, and I'm looking for what else they might have out there that's like this one. It's so good.. and the woman's voice in "Blue.... " is dreamy. It sort of reminds me a little of Pink Floyd, the album, but not really. Dark Side of the Moon fans may like this CD as well. All I can say is it's the best ever, what a mix!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago