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This 1988 masterpiece, inspired by Roach's visits to the Australian outback and his work with didgeridoo master David Hudson, set the template for much of Roach's future work. In some sense he has simply refined the album'... more »
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This 1988 masterpiece, inspired by Roach's visits to the Australian outback and his work with didgeridoo master David Hudson, set the template for much of Roach's future work. In some sense he has simply refined the album's organic blend of brush-stroke synthesizer colors and ethnic-inspired rhythms ever since, with many glorious results. But this journey into Australian aboriginal mythology--the Dreamtime was an Eden-like period of natural harmony presaged by the arrival of extraterrestrial ancestors--remains a trademark and a wholly original work. Like Bruce Chatwin's seminal book on aboriginal mythos, The Songlines, Return is an outsider's document that feels like the very lay of the land itself; the piece "Songline," with its driving dumbek rhythms, reflects the rocky terrain as ably as "A Circular Ceremony" evokes the vastness and mystery of the desert expanse. A true classic. --James Rotondi
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L. S. Slaughter | Chapel Hill, NC | 02/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply one of the best space/newage/ambient works ever pressed, Steve Roach's expanded score lends itself to the ultimate relaxation or chill-party CD. It's an arresting work - the man works miracles with electronics and sheets of sounds. Along with the same decade's "Chronos" by Michael Stearns, and Don Slepian's psycoactive, hypnotic, let's-get-back-to-Nirvana masterpiece, "Sea of Bliss," Roach's two CD epic will take you places few musics can. THIS IS GREAT!"
Still stands the test of time
Elliot Finn | 05/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Roach's style has changed a lot. A lot of new ambient artists have come along since this release, such as Stars of the Lid, Deepspace [...]
and Vidna Obmana, and yet this stands near the top of the field. His style is more complex and layered now, but elements of this recording are still evident in some of his newer stuff, like mantram, and new life dreaming.
Roach became a bit obsessed with the Australian Outback at one stage in his career, and you can hear that he nailed the feeling of the place quite well. Having lived in Australia most of my life, I can hear what he was trying to do-the sense of starkness, and impenetrability in the deserts here is very tangible. Very impressive Mr. Roach."
IRate | 11/11/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
High notch astro-ambiance blends lush synths with soothing tribal rhythms in a way many New Ager's (including Roach himself) have tried in vain to emulate since, though usually instead amounting to little more then the cliche this type of music has become to the market. It is not entirely solid compositionally; sometimes the mechanical shallowness rears its head after one too many loops, but when tracks come together like a centerpiece track "The Other Side", the album is worth hearing."