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on July 21, 2000
I've adored this band since their first release. And this release does have it's moments. All in all, however, much of it sounds like they were writing while the tapes rolled and it sounds unrehearsed. Especially the vocals. If it were marketed as a live recording or rare basement recordings, I could let it slide but as a major release, the craftsmanship is haphazard. And without the bonus CD that originally came with it, there's not a lot for me to recommend. I do give it two stars for a couple of reasons. First, if you can find a copy with the bonus CD, that's where the best material was. Second, I still feel these guys were hugely underrated and one of the more important bands of the time so, if you're a fan, I'd still recommend rounding out your collection with it. If you don't have any Chameleons, buy "Script of the Bridge".
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on February 29, 2000
"Strange Times" is an album which sometimes showcases beautiful guitar work, but is otherwise ruined by horrific melodramatic tendencies. A real standout on the album is the haunting (emotion tempered with subtlety, for once) "Tears", the frequently mentioned "Swamp Thing" is merely a showcase of simplistic power chord hooks. The major culprit here is singer/bassist Burgess who is guilty of melodramatic grandstanding both in delivery and lyrics. Worth checking out, if you can get a cheap used version. Otherwise your money (and time) is best spent elsewhere.
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on February 16, 2000
I bought this CD several years ago for one song - Swamp Thing - which is always a risk. I love the song but the album is not all that great. It seems self-involved, almost pretentious. All I can think of is a bunch of art school students dressed in black thinking that they are going to change the face of music and this is what they came up with.
The songs are not too distinct from one another, the lofty and over-dramatic vocals fail to impress. Makes me think of a "new wave" Jethro Tull or Marillion.
For me this was a pretty unimpressive disc.
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