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Velvet Teen, the / Elysium
Album:Elysium Collection:General
Artist:Velvet Teen, the Added:Aug 2004
Label:Slowdance Records 

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Add Date:2004-11-08 Pull Date:2005-01-10 
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2004-10-27 
Elysium is a decent, slow, ?kick-back? sort of album. Almost every track features extensive use of piano melodies combined with orchestral strings. A lot of the tracks sound a like, with two that I?ve specified taking their own unique melodies. The vocals are always low, semi-monotonous male voices, quite forgettable, at least for me. Overall, a good collection of tracks featuring a strange, peaceful combination of Drums, piano, and strings. Check out tracks 6 and 7.

Track 1: Electronic bleeps and other random bloops until 1:35. Soft piano for the rest of the track.

2. Orchestral string opening. Vocals at :27 (slow, low-key male voice) with piano joining in with strings. Vocals and strings escalate during chorus to slow back down. Mellows out at about 3 min mark.

3. Heavy string and (uplifting melody) piano beginning. Percussion and vocals join in at :40 with slowdown of beat melody.

4. Heavily rhythmic bass piano introduction with vocals shortly afterwards. 1:08 track speeds up with extra vocals and instruments. Quiets off at 3:30, picks up at 5:22 with lengthy piano solo. Minute long ending starting at 11:50

5. Slow melodic piano opening w/ strings. Vocals at :30. Song ?ends? at 2:56 with light piano and vocals until 4:15 followed by a climax of vocals and instruments.

*6. Quick, catchy piano medley opening rhythm, vocals at :30 Piano and vocal culmination at 1:40 and repeats several times

*7. Very low, haunting background bass noise with percussion at :30. Definitely a darker theme compared to the rest of the songs. Vocals at 1:00. Eerie violin at 2:25 with climax on vocals returning to main background sound. Slows beat at 3:20. Definitely has a strange 80?s inspirational vibe towards the end.

8. Silence until Answering machine at :44

-Reviewed by Eric Ford

Track Listing
1.Sartre Ringo 4.Camera Oscura
2.Penicillin (It Doesn't Mean Much) 5.Poor Celine
3.A Captive Audience 6.Forlorn
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