M. Lohrke | Provo, UT | 08/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"love and rocket's 'acoustic' album, 'earth, sun, moon' was quite a departure from densely sonic and chugging 'express.' tracks like 'kundalini express' and 'holiday on the moon' were replaced with tracks like 'waiting for the flood' and l&r's signature track, 'no new tale to tell.' the album is wrought with emotive acoustic arrangements, accentuated by daniel ash's and david j's dichotomous vocals. david j had the more deadpan delivery while daniel ash had the more melodic voice and more range. that, however, made the band that much better.
'earth, sun, moon' was arguably l&r's artistic peak, demonstrating a range previous unseen in earlier albums. it walks the fine line between artistic credibility and commecial success. 'no new tale to tell' proved to be a massive college hit, and understandably so. the 'wooo wooo WOOO wooo' intro is a definite ear-catcher and strangely appropriate intro. 'no new tale to tell's' outro is one of the finer outros your likely to hear, especially with daniel ash's trademark guitar burning up the background: 'when your up, it's a long way down, when you're down, it's a long way up. it's all the same thing, no new tale to tell.' existentialism, for some reason, always sounds better in a catchy melody.
a few of 'express'' crumbs landed on 'earth, sun, moon's' table. the album's first two tracks, 'mirror people' and 'youth' are awash in the same fuzzy, psychedelic sonics that made 'express' such a standout album. based on these two tracks, the listener might think he or she is on her way to 'express' part ii. however, 'welcome tomorrow' dispells any notion that this is another 'express.' the following tracks, 'no new tale to tell,' 'here on earth,' 'waiting for the flood,' and 'rainbird' (the exception being the rawkish 'lazy'), and 'everybody wants to go to heaven' see l&r leaning towards more pastoral/spiritual plains, and asking questions about life, religion, god, family, etc. and it succeeds fabulously.
'earth, sun, moon' saw the band pull the reigns in on their trademark sound without abandoning their identity, all the while expanding their pallet and creating their definitive album.
I Would Take This One to My Grave
Wazzy Stardust | 04/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have had this CD through many phases of my life, and the music has been a soothing soundtrack through both the thick and the thin. There was a time when I was really down and out financially a few years ago and I had to sell just about every CD I owned, but I did not give this one up. So, in my opinion it is one of the best that I own. As many people have said in their reviews, it is good music. It is the kind that you can't label. The lyrics have actual meaning, and the music is actually worthwhile to listen to. Yet it is nearly impossible to categorize. And honestly, I think that's a good thing."
I disagree with J Green's review
Judacia | California | 01/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The disc IS remastered (it says so on the disc, plus there is a band logo design on it). The year of release was printed on the back insert, but not the year of remastering, and who knows why."