Charles Van De Kree - "Phoenix Rising"
(Overlord 2006, CDX01)
From Aural Innovations #34 (August 2006)
Charles is the leader of the Albuquerque, New Mexico based space rock outfit called Jet Jaguar. This is Charles first solo CD in this context, although Charles has made lots of solo music in the past. The CD was recorded in his home studio and some of the Jet Jaguar people also contribute. Ten tracks of electronic space rock music with highly effected vocals and loads of spacey synths. The music here is not as fast in general as Jet Jaguar and fans of Helios Creed would love this stuff. Dave Brock is clearly an influence on the guitar playing on the CD as well. The CD includes one cover song, Search and Destroy, by Iggy and the Stooges. What a great CD. I have heard it a lot lately and this is the type of space rock I love. Great job Charles.
For more information you can visit the Jet Jaguar web site at: http://www.myspace.com/jetjaguarrocksinspace.
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by Scott Heller