Transience - Primordial

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Cyclops
Catalog Number: CYCL 133
Format: CD
Total Time: 61:50:00

Transience is and remains a side-project delivered by the American based Land's End. Again this time the music leaves the speakers in a soft babbling way, whislt it constantly lounges between ambient music and cheap pop tunes. Jeff McFarland's voice most certainly can be called original, yet it's not captivating enough to steer the general feel of the album towards the height most of us are expecting to find. In fact you could place the music on this album between the ambient sidesteps of Talk Talk and the solo work of David Sylvian. As with Land's End the weak point here seems to be the drums resulting in a rather tame product. It all remains a collection of long repetitive concatenation of predictable chords which give plenty of room for guest musicians to shine, but sadly there are no guest musicians! So after listening to this album you are left unsatisfied. This kind of album to me sounds more like an exercise as opposed to a genuine album, which tends to reserve this kind of material only for the diehards. It's a pity I have to say this, but this album has to be the most soporific album I ever had to review. The yawn of the century!

Heaven & Earth (11:15) / Mind (4:25) / Riding The Iron Rooster (9:35) / A Stones Throw From Nowhere (9:04) / Hollow Gardens (3:00) / How Lucky They Are (6:35) / Blurring The Margins (4:27) / For Will Alone (4:17) / Blurred Beyond Recognition (9:09)

Mark Lavallee - percussion
Jeff McFarland - vocals, guitars
Fransisco Neto - guitars
Steve Ades - saxophone
Fred Hunter - keyboards, bass, guitars

Sliding (1999)
Primordial (2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: July 25th 2004
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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