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  FURTHER
    by INTUITION
  Posted: 07.02.2003
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   Your Rating:?Avg:8.2:  Ratings:10:  High:10:  Low:4:  Member Reviews:6View
TRACK LISTING

1. Stargate
2. Two
3. Danger
4. Mirror's Reflection
5. Always Pointing
6. Fear Of Hard Times
7. Just Love Me
8. Holding On
9. Calling
10. I Want You Back
11. Bleed
12. So Easy

  LABEL:  A Different Drum
  RELEASED:  2003

INTUITION

FURTHER

With this release A Different Drum return to the realms of pure synthpop following many releases that incorporated widespread dance music elements into their sound (and all to the good in my opinion!). Garrett Miles and Kenneth Porter (for it is they!) are definately aiming for the commercial end of the synthpop market which is not neccessarily a problem in itself but while being undoubtedly well-played, composed and recorded I find there's very little for the listener to get their teeth into. I don't doubt that tracks such as the opening "Stargate", "Two" or "Holding On" will have widespread appeal amongst synthpoppers who like their music clean cut and easy to deal with but I personally find them a bit lacklustre, even "Bleed" hardly lives up to the promise of it's title, being pleasant rather than the cutting-edge darker track that might have been expected. 'All icing and no cake' is one phrase which I've heard used before although it could just as easily be 'all polish and no feeling'. The ballad-like "Fear Of Hard Times" is one good example of this as, despite the half-hearted electronic touches it could just as easily be Robbie Williams or any other MOR popstar in their quieter moments. It's only when the band add a bit of grit as they do on the near-electro "Always Pointing" (which is helped by John Gibbs' guitar work) or the closing "So Easy" (both of which remind me of some of The Echoing Green's works, a band that Intuition would be well advised to listen and learn from!) that progress is made, at least in this case it feels like they really care. Likewise the reflective feel of "Mirror's Reflection" or the slower "Calling" do at least show some heart, in contrast to "I Want You Back" which is just too happy and jolly by far.

It is perhaps unfair of me to compare this band with The Echoing Green although the more I listen to this the more convinced I am that the two are not so far apart stylistically. I'm actually quite sure that Intuition will do very well amongst synthpoppers far and wide although for me this is definately lacking bite and thus fails to live up to it's potential.


RATING: 5

Artist Link:  http://www.clubintuition.com
 

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 Carl Jenkinson

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MEMBER REVIEWS

Efreak 
RATING: 5

Awesome. I think this deserves a listen, or twenty!
jetjaguar15 
RATING: 9

This album is a lot better than the reviewer gives it credit for...

You can check out a more positive review over at synthpop.net.
Wulf 
RATING: 8

fantastic album! it surely deserves a higher rate
matrix 
RATING: 10

With Iris, the best album of 2003 so far.
RayStryker 
RATING: 8

I actually find the reviewer rather accurate. As for the album, while I enjoy the dancier tracks, and Always Pointing is my favorite song, I couldn’t help but notice that the whole album sounded a lot like the Backstreet Boys. And that scared me.
damupp 
RATING: 8

Yeah like a mixture of Savage Garden and BSB X) naaaaw.. i like it! Great songs, great vocals, great sound!

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