« on: February 09, 2015, 07:22:52 PM »
Robert Rich lost his muse years ago. There, I said it. This new one is another overly digitized, cold affair that continues to be light years away from his visceral work of the 80s and 90s. Seems to be no real passion anymore in the music, and every new release sounds like the last. No thanks. I'd rather hear numena or trances/drones on repeat than buy 10 more very mediocre releases.
I'm not just buckling to pressure here at all - but I must confess I have now been struggling to connect with this new one over the last few days. Your post reminded me about that... Maybe it's a mood thing, maybe not. I find it amazing how at one moment an album can seem so special, and then so irritating and unfulfilling.
Another reason I wanted to respond to you is because I had also ordered an older Robert Rich (from '94) that I somehow missed - that 'Propagation' one. I think the cover art put me off (oh dear.) But it is an amazing release, and I am currently enjoying it much more than the new one. It seems so full of life, and the tracks build to such subtle but sublime climaxes. It hasn't dated at all and seems buzzing with fresh energy.
I hope my feelings about 'Filaments' return to where they were on that first listen when I wrote that post!