CD Reviews - October 4, 2011
The first thing that strikes you about "Rocket Surgery"
is the sense of another time, whether it be a time in your own youthful
musical experience or perhaps of the underground 80's radio. There is
a sense of newness, coolness and drama with substance and complexity.
Lost Patrol has a deep, rich, layered sound with Mollie Israel's vocals
enticing you to follow them into their space and lingering in your mind
long after listening.
The band has been around for over ten years, but this is their third full
length with Mollie Israel on vocals, and her ethereal, visionary personality
definitely provides the signature identity of this album. But this is
not to discount the talents of Stephen Masucci and Michael Williams in
any way. The band has a great synthesis and confidence... they definitely
have an idea of who they are and they achieve something quite unique,
defining their own new sound from a palette of familiar elements.
The sound quality of "Rocket Surgery" is the fourth member of
the band. With great recording and mastering, you really are transported
to another space emotionally. It's a combination of a band with a decided
identity presented with the right tools. Add to that some great album
art and you have something that - again - takes you back in time while
it also presents something new. Beneath the overall sound, the arrangements
and lyrics again strike a balance between familiarity and uniqueness with
original compositions that build on each other resulting in an album that
is strong from start to finish.
The most significant thing about the Lost Patrol's Rocket Surgery is it
has a uniqueness that reminds you of those few experiences when you first
heard something that opened your ears, eyes and mind to a new way of thought
and emotion. Familiar but never derivative, it suggests that magical time
of youth when your imagination could be set afire, transporting you to
another space and time. Exploring vast, strange landscapes, Rocket Surgery
combines the best of memory and offers something distinctive and fresh,
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