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Author: Connell Burton McDaniel
05/28/2004 | Synthesis | www.synthesis.net | Album Review
On his new album, Broken Spindles' Joel Peterson attempts to join a classical influence with an industrial one. Some may think that makes as much sense as a Michael Jackson daycare center, but wait! This actually works without sounding forced or like some session hack is merely playing along. Peterson, also the bassist from The Faint, wisely gives these influences their own space. It's not until the final minute-and-a-half of "Induction" that the string section gracefully comes in over synth rhythm and drum tracks. The strings carry us to a slow fade followed by the low buzzing drums that begin "Fall In And Down On." "Song No Song" is an instrumental spotlighting a piano part direct from the conservatory. This contrasts with a distorted guitar on "Move Away" that's crunchier than a bag of Doritos.
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