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Esthema: Apart From The Rest

No two words scare a body like mine like world music do. Most of the time, the stuff's created by a bunch of well-intentioned lads who drive expensive cars, wear fancy clothes and have a lot of liberal guilt over their immense financial superiority. The results are usually powerful enough to turn goat pee into rancid goat pee as said lads rarely take the time to learn how to play the instruments they claim to fascinated with. Often, they lock into a single idea, get their "we be jammin'" shtick on and go from there. Sure, I paint in broad strokes, have probably offended your Saab-toting uncle Walter (who just happens to wear suspenders and look a little bit like Barry Levinson to say nothing of how he won the county oud carving contest last summer). But all that offensive jargon, lads, was to let you know that Esthema knows what the heck it's doing. With fine refined compositions such as "Consequence," "For Whom? For Me" and "Finding My Way," the Massachusetts-based quintet makes the case for not giving up on world music just yet. The only fairly sour note on the record is "Distance," which suffers from a lack of dynamics displayed elsewhere on the record. But it's only a little sour. Like milk that's gone half an hour beyond its expiration date.

Track Listing
1. Consequence
2. For Whom? For Me
3. Distance
4. Erimos
5. Finding My Way
6. Apart From The Rest

Added: August 15th 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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