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fulfilled/complete

Author: Brian Dukes
04/28/2004 | Up and Coming Weekly | www.upandcomingmag.com | Album Review
Thus far, 2004 has shaped up fairly well, musically speaking. With releases already making tremendous headway for themselves from Air, Rooney, The Get Up Kids, and The Walkmen, this year has already been one of musical excellence.

However, where there's smoke there's fire, as it's said, and where you have great music that's getting all the press, there's music that's not. Two projects, one by band Minmae and the other by soloist Joel Petersen, are among those releases that shouldn't be overlooked this year just because they don't headline.
Take a chance and check them out - you won't regret it.

The latest project from electro-rock dance band The Faint's bassist, Joel Petersen, Broken Spindles' Fulfilled/Complete is a collection of 10 mind-blowing midi-festive tunes that are as organic as they are electronic.
With an appeal that will remind Nine Inch Nail fans what the big deal was, Broken Spindles uses a chaotic mix of strings, vocals and synth to create a sound all its own. Petersen's efforts on Fulfilled/Complete are eerily reminiscent of composer Philip Glass, or what Claude Debussy would have sounded like if he had some dancefloor smarts. Fulfilled/Complete is at times both an electric dancer and thoughtful collage of neo-classical compositions. To say this CD is eclectic is redundant, citing its creator and source material influences.
The end product of Fulfilled/Complete comes off a bit psychedelic - it's an experimental journey after all that Petersen takes us on. But it's one that's, if nothing else, well done. None can doubt Petersen's composition and production skills. Fulfilled/Complete is replete with intense electronic craftsmanship and studio know-how. Think Orgy or NIN minus the attitude and self-destructive tendencies.
Among the tracks to pay attention to are "Induction," the CD's opener and "Italian Wardrobe." "Induction" offers the album's most hopeful usage of all of its various elements, while "Italian Wardrobe" sounds like a tune that belonged in one of the Matrix films.
Fulfilled/Complete is an accomplishment that won't be appreciated by everyone, as it should. While it's limited appeal is probably its largest challenge, the CD is also a bit distant and aloof, as if Petersen wrote it just to see if he could, with little in mind for his audiences. Either way, Fulfilled/Complete is worth picking up if you're into the genre.

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