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Attica: You Are In Danger

A heavily brooding atmospheric trip that comes across like Opeth and Porcupine Tree taking a walk down to an early Moody Blues or Pink Floyd session with Chet Baker stumbling in about halfway through just to see if things are going well. Lead vocalist Amaury Massion possess a voice that elevates occasionally mundane lyrics (such as those found in the opening "Wake Up") to something greater, while the guitar work of Gilles Mortiaux and Max Gendebien provides a layer of sweet, smoldering sounds that call to mind David Gilmour's work circa Dark Side Of The Moon.

Meanwhile "Sober Blues" feels like the kind of chamber rock practiced by the likes of Michael Mantler and Carla Bley made more accessible, less frigid, while "Telefascination" demonstrates Attica (rounded out by Cyrille de Haes and Colin De Bruyne) is not only capable of incorporating its influences in its own work but also transcending the impact of those influences.

A fantastic trip for the senses. And Massion's fluegelhorn and trumpet help make it all the trippier. Fine, fresh stuff that suggests Attica is one band to watch.

Track Listing:

1. Wake Up (6:18)
2. Sweet Rain (4:12)
3. Sober Blues (7:15)
4. Urban Fields (4:24)
5. Monsoon Girl (5:20)
6. Riverman (4:30)
7. Telefascination (4:37)
8. Funny Time (3:32)
9. Black & White (2: 45)
10. Love Is Real (3:42)
11. 127 bis (2:14)
12. Perfect Bubble (5:28)
13. Alles Wandelt Sich (5:05)

Total Time: 59:06

Added: February 21st 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
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Attica: You Are In Danger
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-02-21 23:25:12
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Apparently, this Belgium-based quintet "uses the spirit of jazz music" to create a freeform type of alternative rock that's alternately romantic and soft, angry and heavy, and airy and weird. It's also often quite lifeless. Taking several cues from Pink Floyd both musically ("Sweet Rain") and lyrically ("Monsoon Girl" repeatedly refers to "the dark side of the moon") Attica seldom embodies the "danger" suggested by the title of the band's second album, nor does it fit with the project's name, which is inspired by the infamous New York State Police slaughter of 39 men at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971. Savvy use of brass instruments like flugelhorn, trumpet and sax spice up certain tracks and provide sharp counterpoint to Amaury Massion's mournful vocals, and the album eventually begins to leave its mark after repeat spins. "Urban Fields" and "Black & White" emerge as two of the more memorable tracks and give Attica some indie cred. But in a universe where other artists are using their freeform creativity to craft songs that work as something more than meandering and occassionally arresting background music, You Are In Danger is way too safe and boring.

Attica: You Are In Danger
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-01-03 09:50:15
My Score:

Here's a strange but pleasing listen from a band called Attica, who sound like a cross between John Mayer, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, and Porcupine Tree. You Are In Danger is modern sounding, yet quite moody and brooding release that somewhat falls into the progressive rock category, sprinkled with touches of jazz, avant-garde, alternative, and pop. In fact, much of what you hear on this CD would certainly sound at home on American modern rock radio given the accessible nature of the material, and there's surely enough atmospheric & jazzy moments to appeal to the prog crowd. Featuring a myriad of instruments like guitars, analog synths, trumpet, flugelhorn, electric & double bass, sax, drums, and violins, along with the intoxicating vocals of Amaury Massion, You Are in Danger is a diverse and enjoyable spin. Some of the songs tend to pulse along at a similar pace, occasionally bursting with energy ("Black & White"), but overall there's enough good stuff here to appeal to a wide variety of music listeners.



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