More comment than review January 8, 2010
Written by jbricker
I was at this gig. Sat in the balcony, pretty much above Robert.
Musically, this release is great.
Lots of excitement at GAMH that night due to The Unknown and Intimacy: you could feel it in the room. This was the third gig I think, and I believe that not more than a small handful knew what to expect from this R&D effort. To me, the biggest success of the ProjeKcts was intimacy; small room, vibes feeding back and forth between band and audience.
But this release has the character of a studio recording - - the warmth of the room is gone. The charge of excitement from the The Unknown and Intimacy are just not here. The human element adds a lot when youíre dealing with completely electronic blings and slurs and bomps.
Anyone in the hall would remember this: after Robertís announcement and he was settled with guitar back onto his stool, a woman near the front row counted out "one, two, three, four -!" which made the audience laugh (itís a small room, you couldnít not hear her) and led Adrian to say "You heard the lady: one, two, three, four -" and then right into the VROOOM opening.
It saddens me that the laughter and joy that brought in the moment was not included for posterity. I imagine it takes more work to mix in the audience, but I argue the effort would have been worth the reward.
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