Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bible of Dreams
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Originally released in 1997, this record showcases the transformation of Juno Reactor from a dance/trance style orientation to more aggressive thematic styles and a more diverse range of influences such as pop and world. T... more »
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Originally released in 1997, this record showcases the transformation of Juno Reactor from a dance/trance style orientation to more aggressive thematic styles and a more diverse range of influences such as pop and world. The music still retains the high BPM's and unique custom sounds as before, but moves away from the repetitious styling associated with conventional trance acts.
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Good psychedelic trance for the masses
Alex Gubin | Concord, CA United States | 08/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't read all of the reviews here, but I went through the first 10 or so, and the impression I got is that people are largely unaware of the type of music that Juno Reactor represents. This comes as no surprise, since psychedelic trance (or goa trance) is mostly unknown to the general public in the USA, and Juno Reactor is probably the only band of this sort that can be found in your awerage mainstream record store. Juno Reactor walks a very fine line between psychedelic trance, which is an underground genre, and mainstream electronica. They are, however, very well known in the psy-trance community. If you like what you hear and want to explore this type of music further, check out Astral Projection's "Dancing Galaxy" and "Another World", as well as Hallucinogen's "Twisted", for a nice introduction to real trance (NOT the Alice Deejay type stuff you hear on the radio). X-Dream's "Radio" is also a psychedelic classic, and a landmark of the genre, but it's not as easily digestable."
Redefining the Genre
Ryan Richards | Midland, MI United States | 11/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite simply, Juno Reactor is the only trance music I'll listen to, but I don't know if that's the appropriate statement to make--if "trance" means the album is supposed to be filled with repetitive, dull, thudding bass beats and uninspired, faintly melodic screeches overhead, then this album is sadly mislabeled. This is an incredible CD, filled with track after track of innovative, powerful music that truly does make you feel that for the moment, you're not quite on Earth. "Kaguya Hime," "Komit" and "Conga Fury" are all rhythm-intensive, energetic songs, with the last being a particular standout that evokes images of a primeval, every-man-for-himself tribal ceremony. The guitar riffs and tropical drums of "Swamp Thing" are unabashedly funky, while "Children of the Night" delves into a dark, intense Gothic mood that's closer to the spirit of classic "vampire" novels than anything Hollywood's churned out in the past decade. In contrast, the calmness of "Shark" conveys a relaxing "underwater" feeling. The only weak pieces on this CD are "Jardin de Cecile," which is calm and reflective but boring when compared to the album's other works, and "High Energy Protons," which just doesn't contain the musical ingenuity evident in the rest of the album. Overall, though, this CD is an excellent buy for both committed trance fans and dilettantes like me. If you think the techno/trance genre is more or less a waste (which I thought for a long time), this album will make you change your mind."
Never ceases to amaze
R. Goss | Seoul Korea (South) | 09/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why it bothers me when I read people knocking Juno Reactor, because I've been listening to music long enough to know that no matter how creative, interesting or complex it is, you're never gonna please everyone. That's just a fact. So I really should let it bug me when people knock on these guys.
But for some reason, it does. And I think I've finally pinpointed why.
As a big fan of psytrance, I'm always on the lookout for something "fresh." Sadly, it doesn't seem to come along often enough in this genre. Like basically any other musical type you could name---hip hop, alt-rock, jazz, whatever---there are so many artists who sound the same that it can get old really quickly.
The same goes for this genre. As much as I enjoy it, I can't tell you how many times I've found myself bored listening to music in the same category as this, yet with one track at another having the same monotonous, rapid beat (usually 130-140 beats per minute), and wondering to myself if the track had actually changed from the one I'd just been listening to.
Fortunately, there are a few artists out there brave enough to try and break that trend. Among these I would rank Infected Mushroom, Hilight Tribe (who, sadly, aren't even listed on Amazon, but absolutely should be), and of course, Juno Reactor.
And to me, "Bible of Dreams" is truly their opus.
While I enjoy some of their other works very much, most notably "Shango," "Beyond the Infinite" and their very nicely remixed "God is God" EP, this one is the standout. It is simply a work of art from start to finish. Even the supposedly "weaker" tracks are still nice experiments, and nevertheless a pleasure to listen to. I felt like they poured themselves not only into every track, but every point of every track. And that's so rare in electronic music, where artists and DJs all too often just seem to rely on the technology to do the work for them.
I won't bother to break down this album track by track. The reviewers below me have already done that, and I think they've done a good job. All I'll add is that if you want something in the psytrance genre that doesn't sound like everything else, then give this one a try. Although I can't guarantee that it will suit everyone's taste, I think I can say with certainty that if you respect artists who at least try not to sound like everyone else in the pack, then you won't regret spending the money."