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The final installment in the Juno Reactor album re-issues is actually the band's first album. It's an important piece in the history of electronic music and its timeless compositions show no signs of aging in the past fift... more »
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The final installment in the Juno Reactor album re-issues is actually the band's first album. It's an important piece in the history of electronic music and its timeless compositions show no signs of aging in the past fifteen years. It's easy to see how Ben Watkins has become one of the most admired masters in electronic music.
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Same band, different concept
Grunt Hog | Vancouver, Canada | 02/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is so far away conceptually from the rest of Juno Reactor's work that it really needs to be considered as a separate entity. People say it sounds dated by comparison to the later material, but I think it mostly sounds different because it was going for a different effect.
Later Juno Reactor discs have either focused on high-energy dance music (Beyond the Infinite) or combining that high energy with multicultural samples to create a kind of wordbeat/trance sound (Bible of Dreams, Shango, Labyrinth). Transmissions, however, sets out to take you on a more purely electronic, space-oriented trip. As such, it's a little slower, a little more abstract and atmospheric, and takes its time to develop a distinct mood of cosmic vastness, emptiness, and alien landscapes. It's frequently danceable, but also a smooth and very cohesive listening experience from beginning to end. There's no dense jungle percussion assault like "Conga Fury" here, but the whole thing takes its cues from the opening track "High Energy Protons" and develops the mood from there.
Me, I like the spacey techno atmosphere and think this disc is a great stand-alone success. I was first turned on to Juno Reactor by Bible of Dreams (another great disc), but I listen to this one just as much. The two albums are must-haves, but the musical terrain they explore is so vastly different that they might as well have been recorded by different artists. If you try not to compare this to later Juno Reactor, the disc will pleasantly surprise you."
Trance at its very best
Chris Koperniak | Hamilton, Canada | 03/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I listened to this album at a used music store back in '97. I had never heard of Juno Reactor before. The music took me to a place that I have real difficulty describing - another plane of existence that I know I've visited before. The soundscapes are masterfully engineered, rich and original. Each track is a gem. This album tops any of their subsequent releases."
One of JR's best.
R. Parsons | A Mental State | 04/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose I'm different from the rest of the reviewers here who seemingly rate this low. I didn't come into JR around the Bible of Dreams or Shango eras. I came in just as Beyond The Infinite was released and promptly picked up Transmissions the next day. So I was listening to both of the albums at the same time.
I don't find this album dated in the least. I think it just comes down to what you like. I don't like recent JR albums nearly as much as the original 2, but others who like the recent albums will probably not like the older ones. JR has changed styles so immensely that old and new fans are hearing different things.
I love Transmissions. It has a very specific spacey feel to it, thus the name. The NASA samples are extremely fitting. I find it flows better than just about any other JR album.
Besides, it also has one of my favorite JR songs of all time, Landing. The Stephen Hawking quote is amazing and the song is the ultimate finisher, better than any other JR album. Landing makes me wish JR would throw out an ambient album at some time.
So for recent JR fans, keep in mind that this album wasn't made for you. Obviously JR has changed, but this album is far from dated. You certainly can't be a "die-hard" fan and ignore this album.