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Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Soundtracks
Paul Haslinger was a member of Tangerine Dream in the mid-1980s, but while that German synth band cranks along like an alien Edsel that doesn't realize its time has gone, Haslinger has been building a catalog of cutting-ed... more »
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Paul Haslinger was a member of Tangerine Dream in the mid-1980s, but while that German synth band cranks along like an alien Edsel that doesn't realize its time has gone, Haslinger has been building a catalog of cutting-edge music that will take us into the next millennium. Following on the heels of his 1997 ethno-techno blowout, World Without Rules, Haslinger steps into a space-age bachelor pad for Score. Although Haslinger is a classically trained keyboardist, he doesn't let that get in the way of his sample-and-paste aesthetic. On "Accidental Measures of Cool" he mixes live performances from singer-songwriter Julianna Raye's moaning voice and Bumi Fian's muted trumpet with a snarling electronic groove and dub bass line to create a techno-noir landscape. Then he uses Indian chanting, not for the ethnicity of it all, but just for the pure sonic joy as the chant calls out across what sounds like a klezmer band on acid. Juliana Raye returns on "When Worlds Collide," coolly intoning her surreal lyric cut-ups in this electronic ballad. Taiko drummers, talking tabla players, snakey jazz rhythms, and electronic abstractions swirl in a giddy head dance on Score. "Fantastic Voyage" reaches almost symphonic dimensions, in a loungey sort of way. Only once does Haslinger succumb to ethno-kitsch, that's on "Magheda" with what sounds like a Native American chant sampled over an electronica groove à la Deep Forest. Paul Haslinger not only challenges his space-music origins, but ups the ante for electronica with music you might hear in a cyber-lounge someday around 2010. --John Diliberto
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Nathan Young | 08/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Score" is the first album I have from this genre. I bought it because track 2, "The Infinite Jest" was funky enough to draw me in and make me curious about the rest of the album. Haslinger manages to create some very emotional tracks-- "Macheda," "War in the Heart of Eden," "When Worlds Collide,"-- by pairing pop and rap like beats with haunting vocals that will stay with the listener long after the album has finished playing. Typically, I don't like this genre of music because it's too monotonous. "Score" has changed my views, though. I highly recommend it."
Wordless poetry of meaning
Nathan Young | The Mountains of Northern California | 07/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is not my normal musical genre. Normally I detest "world music". Most of the music I've heard that samples native music styles, studio-izes steel drum bands, and/or mixes electronic and ethnic sounds have come across as trite, superficial, and exploitive. When I hear traditional religious music given an underlying electronic beat, I am very strongly struck by a theme, conscious or not, of technology worship.This album juxtaposes traditional and electronic music in a conscous and meaningful way. The forces of tradition, ritual, and human emotion swirl around the driving reality of human technical achievements and modern society in a literal, musical way on this album. I'm amazed to be realizing what the songs are "about", even though most don't have lyrics. It's a hard concept to express, but there's poetic meaning within this music that most artists rely on words to convey."
Excellent follow-up to "World Without Rules"
email@example.com | 03/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For three years I have been wondering how Haslinger would follow-up on his ground-breaking "World Without Rules". This time around he takes us in a different direction. Darker, and with more of an an emphasis on street/rap/hip-hop beats, Paul continues to prove his mastery of the studio as an instrument. Nothing in modern music today compares to Haslinger's unique sound sculpting abilities. While not as stylistically varied as his previous work, it continues to break new sonic ground. This, too, will occupy much time in my home and car cd."