Mirrors - "Neutron Star"
(self-released 2002, CDR)
From Aural Innovations #21 (October 2002)
Mirrors is a solo project from Russian musician Alisa Coral who plays an image inducing brand of space electronica. The CD consists of two lengthy excursions and four shorter tracks. The music is like a combination of early Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and the work of experimental sound sculpture artists, though there's nothing abstract to be found here. It's completely in space but Alisa clearly has prog rock influences as well. The music sails steadily along like a spacecraft on a steady course, but Alisa's flair for themtatic development reveals some of the adventures and challenges the ship and it's occupants face as they move through their journey from Eos to the Neutron Star. Alisa does an excellent job of creating a cold dark atmosphere and painting a slowly evolving cosmic landscape among the stars. But if the album has a weakness it's that it could have varied a bit more. What started off as rather exciting got a bit mundane by the end of the album. Still, it was an enjoyable listen and there's enough good music here to have me fired up for Alisa's upcoming space rock project which will include guitar and bass parts to her keyboard dominated music.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz