- Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Or. Music
- ASIN: B0001HAGOM
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I wondered how they would transfer that energy into the structure of a recording. The ten tracks reflect the range and diversity of Particle's sound. Steve's prances from piano to synth to organ to ??? cohesively layering complex joyful composition. His inventive keyboard work darts around Gouldy's funky soulful heartbeat - you feel bass lines on a mission to stretch the envelope of the instrument - and Darren's slick sense of syncopation - he makes full use of the drum kit employing creative phrasing & accents. All the while, Charlie soars on searing solos and explosive fills - his lines define taste and sonic adventure.
My only wish is that Charlie's guitar was more prominent in the mix. Live, he is a monster player; on the recording he shines but could be turned up a notch. This is minor point, and the CD earns its 5 stars.
The CD is polished focused & tight, a real accomplishment given this is the band's first release; first attempt to harness that wild stallion that is Particle live! See 'em NOW when they're in your town! particlepeople.com
When they click into a groove, the band cooks along quite nicely, more like a new age funk fest than say something by Hawkwind. The tracks Sun Mar 11, Roads A Breeze, and title cut Launchpad sound like they might have been good fits for the Matrix movies. The Banker skirts around some of the same territory as E.S.T. or the Gregory James Band except with guitars out front instead of keyboards.
But sometime the synthesizers and drum-based induced sense of urgency (think King Crimson colliding with Alan Parson's Project and with Hawkwind) become a bit too much for the frontal lobes, fraying ones nerves and tracks such as The Elevator may generate a mild headache.
The key, for me, is to listen to "Launchpad" in small doses, for it offers an aural tonic even if it does not sustain as a main course. Those who really like this CD might want to check out the more complex work of Land on the CD "Road Movies."
Finally they decided to make a studio CD musically documenting thier time on board the space ship and thier wild times with the ladies of the universe. This CD, which they coincedently called Launchpad, is a funky, rocky journey through space. Its filled with so much funky space porn music it would make Ron Jeremy tired.
Soon the CD was played in the cribs of party people everywhere, as this is great party music. It's fun for outdoor barbeques, house parties, booty calls, cruisin' the lake or ocean in a speed boat, flyin' down the highway on the roadtrip to end all roadtrips, and of course getting launched off in a space ship.
Particle audibly illustrates the wild life of the party world, so if you are unfamiliar with that world, you probably won't fully appreciate Particle's journey into space. However if you are well on your way to a spaced out party let Particle take you there. You won't be disappointed.
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Dance music. Song starts with snare drum eighth notes leading up to main song. Later songs are good. Upbeat.Published on March 19, 2014 by Kevin Finn
When I first heard this group, upon the advice of a friend, I extremely enjoyed their play and composition. Would recommend this group to anyone who loves listening to music.Published on February 14, 2014 by David Belfry
Very enjoyable, found this off Pandora whilst listening to Porcupine Tree radio and bought it for the record Below RadarPublished on December 16, 2012 by Matthew Burkhard
Particle is the best music experience ever!!! It doesn't matter what style of music you're into, you'll love everything they do!!! BUY BUY BUY !! Then buy one for a Friend!! Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by E. Dedrick
I overheard the tune "Road's a Breeze (@3am)" at a patio party last summer and had to find out who that was. Such a cool groove! Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by axedog
I am not sure how exactly I would categorize Particle. The band appeals to the techno electronica end of the music spectrum, but they also incorporate a healthy dose of... Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Steven Sly
While this band does hold some solid grooves, I do not recognize anything groundbreaking. Particle doesn't make any fresh attempts at this recent, contemporary genre of... Read morePublished on March 9, 2005 by Billy Stagg
ever since the first listen i was hooked on this album. a lot of the electronic stuff i usually don't like so much, but this album has so much funk going on it's amazing. Read morePublished on March 6, 2005 by K. Rollberg
Particle is like the New Deal with solos. The Live experience is overwhelming. One of the best things about this band is there live music sharing. Check em out at [... Read morePublished on April 22, 2004 by Matt from particlepeople.com