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Crystal Axis: Special Edition [Import]

Midnight Juggernauts Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003IG81JA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Induco
2. Vital Signs
3. Lifeblood Flow
4. This New Technology
5. Lara Versus The Savage Pack
6. The Great Beyond
7. Cannibal Freeway
8. Virago
9. Winds Of Fortune
10. Dynasty
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Virago Reprise (Windy Night)
2. Get Connected
3. Lara Versus The Savage Pack (Demo)
4. Vital Signs (Tame Impala Cover)
5. This New Technology (Emperor Machine Remix)
6. Vital Signs (Video)
7. A Short Film (Video)

Editorial Reviews

Limited two CD edition includes bonus enhanced disc that features seven additional audio tracks and two enhanced videos. Australian pressing of the 2010 sophomore album from the Aussie trio, the follow-up to their debut, Dystopia, which launched them into a vortex of global intrigue. Befitting the DIY ethic of their self-owned and operated Siberia label, Midnight Juggernauts again opted to produce the album themselves, with engineer Chris Moore facilitating. An album that veers from percussive, hypnotic grooves to luxuriant jams, via rich Morricone-esque textural diversions, walls of sound, and '70s AM melodic forks, The Crystal Axis is a 50-minute symphony of Synth Rock invention.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant slice of pop from the Juggernauts June 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm not much good at writing reviews, but feel I have to put in my two cents, just to counter the other unfairly harsh "review" here. "Crystal Axis" isn't "Dystopia", that's true, but it's hard to imagine not finding something to love on the new one if you loved the first. Much of the overt electro of Dystopia has been replaced with a lush, AM radio, 70's psych pop flavor. But, it's not like Dystopia was a 4/4 technoid, dance floor workout; there was a big Electric Light Orchestra influence going on.... and it's still there, just a bit subdued. And, even though there's a stronger pop/rock vibe going on, "Crystal Axis" is still coated with synths and electronic production. There's a large handful of perfect, beautiful pop moments on here, and though I've only been able to give it a couple of listens right now, it's by far one of my favorite albums of the year so far. Check out the new vids on youtube if you're worried.... and ignore the one-star review that's here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Juggernauts The Crystal Axis December 17, 2010
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Shipped from afar, took a while to get here, but well worth the wait. This CD is different than the last. I do not think it is bad, in fact is very refreshing to see another style of work from them. I cannot wait for more from Midnight Juggernauts. I love this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic prog-dance? December 8, 2010
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There does not seem to be a genre that describes this album adequately. Midnight Juggernauts have evolved from a band making cleverly produced danceable electronica into something else, something that almost makes one want to take a deep breath and say "progressive". While most of the album is still danceable, these songs have a depth to them that repays repeated listening.

Moreover, this feels like a constructed album rather than a collection of songs. From the eerie opening notes of the opening instrumental "Induco" through the synth-pop of "Vital Signs" and "Lifeblood Flow", the frantic E.L.O.-sounding "Cannibal Freeway" and the pounding "Winds of Fortune", to the strange shimmering finale, "Fade To Red". this album has a cohesiveness. To call it a concept album would be a stretch, but the songs are linked by futuristic themes and electronic effects that would make it a great backdrop for a science fiction movie epic.

I instantly loved "Lifeblood Flow", one of the more "accessible" tracks with a chorus that has a seriously memorable hook. Some of the other tracks took me a bit longer to like, but they are worth the effort. "Lara Versus the Savage Pack" seems to plod along at first, but builds into an amazing instrumental climax that reminded me of nothing so much as ending of "Supper's Ready" by Gesesis. "Virago" has a slightly menacing African backbeat; "Dynasty" on the other hand is pure pop that would not sound out of place on a Bryan Ferry album.

The production is a bit flat and harsh in spots; also the vocals are not superb, the vocalist is no Freddie Mercury. I give it 4.6 stars, rounded up to 5.
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