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Smart, if ultimately bloodless.
For all their intellectual vigour, decoy organisations, and, we hope, sarcastic support of global corporate policy, the ambiguous duo hark back to an era when the shock of the new made electronic experiments in music immediately viable. State-of-the-art technology notwithstanding, techno workouts like 'The Third Way' and the beguiling guitar loops on 'North Atlantic' reflect a regressive sensibility.
The conceptual journey by sea, from 'Port Of Yokohama' to the overlong, if hypnotic 'Port Of Halifax', is also hampered by a refusal to use local colour to set the scene. Too close to multi-cultural world music for comfort, perhaps. And that's the idea in a nutshell - a grandiose, symphonic, electro mockery of a capitalist global village where the music speaks with one voice, and only language differences suggest any travel at all. Smart, if ultimately bloodless.
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