Volume 96, Issue 14
Friday, September 20, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Audiochrome

Audiochrome
Fears
Socan Chrome Music

Rundown: Audiochrome tries its hand at mixing new age folk with classic pop and fails miserably. Fears is engineered by the duet of Darren Macdonald and Marc Mollot, who try too hard to mimic the soulful melodies of Cat Stevens and the sing-a-long sounds of groups like The Dave Matthews Band.

Key Tracks: Fears is one long listening journey, especially if you're alone and trying to digest the seemingly endless moaning. The opening track "Survive" is reminiscent of good old country-crossover rock a la Tom Cochrane – but don't be fooled, the fun ends there. The following track "Good-bye" is a sad, sad composition. With lyrics that are borderline suicidal, this track sets the tone for the rest of the album – one horribly depressing song after another.

Sounds Like: At times, Fears seems like Thomas the Steam Engine, trying with all its might to churn out a decent track. Pity almost takes over, but then you realize that what is coming out of your stereo speakers is so putrid that all the sympathy in the world couldn't make the tracks sound any better.

–Robert Wong

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