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Edgier, but less Innovative,
This review is from: Utonian Automatic (Audio CD)
After their splendid debut album (The Unstable Molecule), Isotope 217's sophomore effort offers an edgier approach to sound, where a certain sense of true 'rock' abandon prevails. Unfortunately, this provided less focused results, since their past (and definetely groundbreaking) sonic collages were eschewed in favour of rather pointless ventures into atonalism and assorted free-form assemblages. Granted, the percussion interplay is still brilliant and Rob Mazurek's cornet still shines throughout the album, but a recurrent feeling that something's lost along the way pervades. Nevertheless, Isotope 217 rises head and shoulders above the mundane crop of avant ensembles.