Volume 96, Issue 61
Friday, January 17, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Andy Hunter
Exodus is excellent

Andy Hunter
exodus
Nettwerk



RUNDOWN: British musician and youth worker Andy Hunter sees dance music "as a way to teach young people about God." Luckily, exodus, Hunter's first solo album, focuses on his infectious blend of techno, trance and house music and leaves the spiritual message subtly in the background.

KEY TRACKS: The opening track, "Go," begins with a beating heart and gently pulls the listener into Hunter's world of rhythm and sound. The ambient "Show" and the introspective trance-ballad "Translucent" offer an oasis of calm in the midst of the fast-paced dance tracks that dominate the album.

SOUNDS LIKE: Hunter's extensive experience as a sound engineer with bands such as Suede and Wonderstuff is evident in the album's imaginative production and impeccable pacing. The tracks never fall into the techno/trance trap of simple repetition. Instead, Hunter weaves a complex web of ever-changing beats and sound. exodus deserves a spin on a great stereo. To sneak a listen before you buy, visit www.andyhunter.com.

–Nicole Laidler


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