Ministry of Archers
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For "Archers", we find Martin experimenting with a variety of new sounds and musical elements. The most notable difference between this and previous Joy-E releases is in the rhythms themselves. Instead of the simplistic beats that were a hallmark of Martin's classic sound, the rhythms here are more driving, heavier and border on the edge of industrialism. The musical arrangements are also tighter and eloquently orchestrated. Besides this, there are two genuine experimental moments heard on the album with the instrumentals "Hornets Horns" and "In Intricacies" which display a sound that is reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream.
As for the lyrics, they are as clever and direct as anything else released from Joy-E.
In the end, while there are many new and exciting sounds heard in "The Ministry of Archers", the album still sounds like a genuine Joy Electric release and is Ronnie Martin's greatest achievement yet. A minor quibble is the fact that "Archers" only clocks in at 32-minutes total. However, there are many albums that run for twice that length with maybe only two or three great tracks on them and the rest being mediocre. "The Ministry of Archers" is thankfully no such album as all ten tracks are excellent. This makes the short running time seem a lot longer and is undoubtedly an enjoyable listening experience from beginning to end. Another instant classic!!!
Standout tracks include: Become as Murders, Most Terrible Archer, Can You Refrain, the title track and the two aforementioned instrumentals.
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He wons all of Joy Electric -loves to play it over & overPublished on January 3, 2007 by M. Crawford
Joy Electric is one of my top favorite artists, I really like the song "The Most Terrible Archer" on this album. I went to their concert in the december of 2005. Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by aurorachica