"Forever Changed" CD
Genres: electronic, new age
PO Box 11893
Sep 8 - 14 2003
this person's name really "Lyric"? Because there aren't any
lyrics on this album. So there's really no other explanation. And if
so, that's quite the bizarre name. But I digress.
Lyric Jude's Forever Changed is the result of three
years of studio wizardry culminated onto one eight-track disc. Lyric
composes fast-paced techno music that is rhythmically diverse but flat
on melody and content. The songs on this album are not independently
memorable and fail to leave much of an impression on the listener. The
best audience would be new age fans who want some more fast-tempo
music in their diet, although even they may recognize the album's lack
of variety. "Candlelight Vigil," a slower, more peaceful
tune, is the only deviation from the formula; it falls under the
category of more "traditional" new age, Enigma-style.
The album's finale, "Wishful Heart - Hope For Healing," is
an electronica-classical hybrid that is easily the disc's most
interesting moment. However, its bland and repetitive beat does little
to maintain the listener's attention for the track's whole nine
minutes. Most of the piece's value lies in the original classical
source material rather than Jude's electronic studio work.
Altogether, Forever Changed is rather bland and
uninteresting, an easy trap to fall into with electronica. This isn't
hip enough to be played in the clubs or on the radio, and thus will
likely be relegated to the odd middle-aged man looking for new age
music that isn't actually new age music.
[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the
artist, released 2003]