Odyssey: 1992-2002

Odyssey: 1992-2002

by Juno Reactor


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Odyssey: 1992-2002

Several things quickly become apparent when you sit down to listen to this ten-year retrospective of music by Juno Reactor. The first is that the group hit upon its formula early on and has, for the most part, stuck with it: a combination of industrial music's house-derived beats and dense synthesizers that generally eschews the oppressive Teutonic shouting and harsh textures that typify most industrial releases. In fact, Juno Reactor generally avoids homemade lyrics and vocals at all, instead spicing up the instrumental mix with found-sound commentary or prerecorded singers of various ethnic backgrounds. Easy listening it isn't, but the end result is a surprisingly pleasant and sometimes even soothing one. This program traces the band's evolution from its early years, during which its sound was just a bit generic and it seemed to be poking around a bit to find its identity (note early tracks like "Laughing Gas" and "High Energy Protons," which are perfectly fine but not particular interesting), to its much more exciting current work, which includes the funny and funky "Pistolero" (featuring spaghetti Western sound effects and some very impressive nylon-string guitar playing) and the lovely "Hotaka" (featuring some equally impressive Tibetan throat singing). The album's finest track is smack in the middle of the program, though: It's a funked-up recording of a woman singing devotional Arabic music. Titled "God Is Good," it provides a perfect centerpiece for what is, in the end, a very impressive look back on a great decade of music-making.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Metropolis Records
UPC: 0782388027625
catalogNumber: 80276
Rank: 90243

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juno Reactor   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Stevens   Collaboration
Amampondo   Collaboration
Greg Hunter   Collaboration
Paul Jackson   Collaboration
Yoshihiro Kumagai   Executive Producer
Ben Watkins   Collaboration
Nick Burton   Collaboration
Stephane Holweck   Collaboration
Johann Bley   Collaboration
Mabi Thobejane   Collaboration
Mike Maguire   Collaboration
Jens Walderbeck   Collaboration
Junko Ito   Executive Producer
Xavier Morel   Collaboration

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