our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
buy it: here
ask me what music I've been listening to recently. When I answer,
the next question is usually, "What kind of music is that?"
It's usually pretty easy to reply - to compare the music to other
acts they might have heard or to classify the music to a genre.
I can't do
that with Invisible Airline.
Mike Donaldson (Q-Burns Abstract Message)'s latest album follows
closely in the mold he set up with Feng Shui, only this
time moving towards a more accessible feel. Still, with it's mixture
of styles from house to trip-hop to blues, it's an album that
risks running amok but somehow manages to retain direction.
With the soothing
vocals of house diva Lisa Shaw, the bluesy growl of Elmo Williams,
and the rhymes of Swamburger overlaying the disjointed beats and
quirky bleeps set up by Donaldson, Invisible Airline's
voyage is as genre-bending as Moby's Play album, though
hardly its equal.
most comfortable with dance beats, especially in the Brazilian-esque
"Asa Nisi Masi" or the house-driven "You Are My
Battlestar." It's when he attempts to transcend these genres
he obviously is comfortable working with that he trips up, most
notably the misplaced "Imprisoned Glitch."
Airline comes off as a Q-Burns most commercial album to date,
it ends up being something totally different. There are reasons
Q-Burns has remained something of an underground anomaly, a name
spoken by those who know the music he's a part of.
And you know
what? It's best that way.
liked Invisible Airline...