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Dieselboy - The Sixth Session
(05/22/2003)


Genre: Drum 'n Bass

Vodius will hate me for this, but Dieselboy's "The Sixth Session" is probably the worst purchase I've made in terms of music in quite a while. Not to say that it's bad, per se, but it's just not up to par with my other purchases.

First, you'll need to know who Dieselboy is, and what he does. Dieselboy, aka Damian Higgins(?), is one of the foremost DJs on the Drum-n-Bass scene. Drum-n-Bass is techno based on exactly that--drums and bass. The drums are treated in all practicality the melody, except that they aren't capable of tonal variation. Everything is secondary to the drums. Dieselboy is famous for making music at an extremely high tempo--usually upward of 200 bpm. Dieselboy is not only very fast, but very hard and dark compared to other artists of the same genre. Let it be known that this genre has grown greatly in popularity in the past few years, and has come to the front of the electronica scene very quickly.

Now, like I said, this is one of the worst purchases I've made. Why? I'm not saying that Dieselboy is bad by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, he's quite good. The fault, rather, lies in the genre. D&B is very repetive--after all, the drums push the more variable instruments to the background, limiting it more that other, more melodic styles. The tendancy of this CD is to become one long blur of a fast drumbeat and various techno sounds and harmonies. This album is seriously lacking in variation for very long stretches.

There are some bright spots, though. While there may not be much variation, there are plenty of tracks--seventeen to be exact, which lets the 90-10 law come into play. Ninety-percent is crap, but 10-percent is good. A few tracks on here are worth listening to, but are seperated by long rifts of the boring, mind-numbing stuff. The good, for me, seems to come in the very beginning (tracks 2,3,and 4), the very middle (track 9), and the very end (track 17).

I forgot to mention, this is a two-CD deal. The first CD is collaboration work. Dieselboy worked with other DJs to produce the tracks, which could explain the apparent lack of quality. The second CD, however, is purely Dieselboy.

I guess the 90-10 law applies here, too, but on a much smaller scale sense there are only 6 tracks. The best thing on this CD is "Invid," which is probably Dieselboy's best song. This is probably closely related to the fact that he uses bongos. Or maybe not. I don't know.

Anyways, this is a good bet if you like the "hard, fast, and heavy," as Vodius has put it. Purchase worthy, but only due to the 90-10 law. If you haven't noticed, I love the 90-10 concept, because it has such a wide range of application. Like this CD.

Cool Hand Luke gives Dieselboy's "The Sixth Session"

Three and a half cigarettes. Just pretend the half-cigarrete is there.

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