Dave Harrington's group stay in the realm of cinematic mood-scapes and atmospheres for the most part, despite some of their free-jazz inclinations. This restraint has its merits: Harrington's editing gives the album a more mature pacing, and helps rein in what might've been a much jammier record. However, in doing so he also scrubbed out a lot of raw looseness that could have livened it up a bit more. Artem Aisagaliev's ten-minute short promotional film for album opener "White Heat" is more engaging than the seven-minute album cut of the same song. The album does pick up towards the end: the jammy free-improv of "Become Alive" lets it all hang out, while upbeat closer "All I Can Do" is rooted by the catchiest riff on the whole album.
Next time, hopefully Harrington can avoid the cautious over-production and let his natural talents shine even brighter. (Other People)