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Product: Aire

Product's album entitled Aire is a collaboration of songs based upon the life of Galileo. Adopting an approach of trying to tie the central themes together with their religious, scientific and humanitarian connotations permeating throughout is a difficult ask. The result is a somewhat sombre and melancholy affair which makes for an entirely vacuous experience and one of emotional disappointment. I thought I was in for another insipid affair as things begin very slowly with "City Of Gold" and although the tempo moves up a notch halfway through the song, we are introduced to a song writer of some talent but a singer needing something more inspiring to really make any impact on me. Vocally, Arman Christoff Boyles who is credited with all song writing duties just doesn't cut it as a singer to my ears as there are too many tracks where he sounds off key, too dissonant and simply unpleasant to listen to. Although the music itself broaches some level of competence that can be enjoyed, the overall feeling with this album is one of frustration in finding anything really memorable at all.

Featuring 17 songs ranging in lengths between 1:38 and 5:42 minutes, musically, there are some nice ideas here and there but overall, I found very little to encourage me to hit the repeat button. Being required to review a large amount of new material reinforces my concerns that too many bands fall into the same trap of writing music that takes far too long to relay its message or does so in a way that leaves little or no favourable impression on the listener. Snippets of sporadically reasonable music are not sufficient qualities to rescue the remainder from the quagmire.

This is exactly the opposite style of music that Iona and Karnataka delivered to critical acclaim recently with their albums of lively and uplifting songs, that despite their religious connotations, found favour with a new audience who were able to accept their songs for what they were, despite any subliminal or underlying messages. With all due respect to the songwriter's penchant for dark and gloomy phrasings, this would hardly be representative of an album you would play to a friend if you wanted to introduce them to the world of progressive rock. The songs just amble on with little directional impetus and could hardly elevate this band above the lowliest of the average.

With so much better music available from every corner of the globe, it would be hard for me to recommend this one to you unless you thought that insincerity and dishonesty were virtues worth admiring. For my ears at least, this album is really very droll and quite uninspiring.

Track Listings:
1. City Of Gold
2. Age Of Reason
3. Mighty Maze
4. Here Comes Tomorrow
5. Still Here
6. Value Of Gold
7. Wonderful Dreamers
8. Other Worlds
9. Everyday Business
10.Autumn
11.Beyond All Reason
12.Angels
13.Black Is The Day
14.Fall
15.The Calling
16.Last Word
17.Breathing

Added: April 11th 2004
Reviewer: Greg Cummins
Score:
Related Link: Product's Web Site
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Language: english

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