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Album: Reflection of Reality
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Strengths: Great Production
Weakness: Repetitive song selection
Reviewed by: Charles Harrelson
Edited by Charles Harrelson
How do you take an EP and turn it into a double album? Team up with 14 various
producers and have them remix the songs for you. This is what folk singer turn electronic pop arts producer
Jason Garriotte has done with his latest offer Reflections of Reality. Personally, I didn't
see the point of remixing this album. The songs are pretty simple in construction and lends themselves
well for remixing but I think more time should have been spent on making the original versions sensational
so Garriotte could release an amazing album of 10-12 songs and not settle for 26 average remixes.
Garriotte has a wonderful knack for writing catchy tunes, those songs that you hear once and think you have heard it
before. Then days later you are still humming the melodies. I think his folk music background had him focus
a lot of resources on basic song construction but little thought or attention was given to what could really take
the songs to the next level, thus the remix idea. I'm not an expert on remix music but I would have thought one of the other producers
would have thought about bringing in additional instruments and adding new levels of musical excitement but none of the producers did
much to embellish the songs. While listening I could not help but ask myself, "what would someone like Peter Gabriel,
Tangerine Dreams, Kraftwerk or Brian Eno do with this material?" I'm sure they could have turned these songs into epic
The CD starts off with the song Tune Your Mind" which was repeated 5 additional times on the remixed album.
The song was a nice intro tune but not a song to have to sit through 6 different times on one album. This repeat
of songs with only minor changes each time began to wear on me after a while. I was longing for a fresh idea and
all I got in return was another version of a song I already heard once, twice, three times.
A suggestion might have been to have different vocalists on the remixes or maybe a duet. Garriotte's voice is tuned nicely
for folk music but falls a little short in the world of electronica. I have a hard time describing his sound. Vocally Garriotte
is a bit nasal and very monotone but he knows his range and stays focused on getting his spiritual message out. His voice is strong in the mix and
allows the listener the opportunity to hear and understand his message.
Timing is everything. Had I gotten this CD 6 months ago I may have liked it a lot more then I did during this review session.
I have been sent so much stellar material lately that I have been spoiled. Reflections of Reality is an interesting CD
but it's not great. The songs were easy to love but how many times can one album support multiple versions of "Tune Your Mind,
Listen and Moments?"
Charles Harrelson...EvO:R Editor.
On a brighter note...You can click the photo on the right and download 13 songs, various photos and a Bio from the remix album.
Click Here and judge for yourself.
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