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Amusium

French Fries and Caviar

Review by Gary Hill

I like this set. It’s unusual. The music is at times a bit uneven, but the soulful vocals work time and time again. That’s the main selling point of this thing. It succeeds or fails based on those vocals. It succeeds.

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Track by Track Review
Inamorato

This has a great electronic dance groove. I like it a lot. It’s energetic, entertaining and effective.

French Fries and Caviar
There is a bit more of a rock flavor to the music on this. Still, it’s a soulful, danceable pop number. It’s another strong one.
Gamble the Heartache
This is a mellower, acoustic guitar driven pop song. It has some definite Latin elements.
Miss Pariah
There are negatives and positives to this. The electronic musical concept here is intriguing and different. Some of the blip sounds are a bit annoying to me, though. The vocal arrangement, though, is classy. I love the synthesized horns, too.
Nomad Prisoner
Although this is a little strange, it’s also pretty cool. It somehow manages to bridge the distance between electronic music and pop rock. The vocals (like they do on the whole set) really sell this.
City in my Headphones
I’m not as enthused about this one. The vocals work well, but the music is a bit too odd for me.

 

 
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