ARTIST: The Helio Sequence
TITLE: Love and Distance
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it
LINEUP: Brandon Summers, Benjamin Weikel
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third album (first one that’s still streaming) by the electronics / drum / guitar duo doesn’t dazzle.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s some things to like about this third record by the Helio Sequence. To be sure, they know their way around poppy melodies, and atmospheric elements in guitar and keyboards. “Repeater”, the second song on the disc (not a Fugazi cover, chumps) gets things off to a decent start.
Yet, something’s missing. Not a lot, but something. Maybe it’s the dynamic quality and same-sameness of the songs as you reach the middle and the end. The band also kind of locks into a tempo that’s slower than you like, as if speeding up would be a bad thing – and this tempo keeps going on to many songs.
It sounds nice, it’s just…it’s there. You can nap to it, despite the electronic trickery, and that may not be the best thing.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had two albums on a very small label before this one.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: It’s not bad…just blah at times.