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Revolutionary Revolution by OHN

Revolutionary Revolution pretty easily describes the demonstration put on here. Still, while in some ways unique, this is a definite electronica undertaking. There is more in common here with rock/pop-based electronica than anything affiliated with jazz. Not to say that this makes the album a horrible failure. In fact, electronica fans will probably be able to enjoy and easily identify with the various experimental facets of the music, including the curious and entertaining sound effects. This group is not new to the music scene, as it has a couple of previous releases. I’d actually very much like to hear those releases. There is enough to this group from an electronica perspective, anyway, to warrant further review.

Most everyone into electronica or not should be able to find something warm and fuzzy about the group’s cover of the Beatles’ "Dear Prudence." The group approaches this piece with respect and obviously makes a conscious effort to preserve its beauty, doing little to distort it from its original form.

There are, for the most part, some well-defined instruments on this album, while the vocals are just okay, in my opinion. There’s nothing to distinguish the vocalist from any other pretty decent rock/pop vocalist. Again, that’s not to say that the vocals are bad. They are quite adequate. It’s just that they’re handled as though they were not intended to be the focal point of this project.

The promo sheet includes comments from Insite magazine that "This is not an outfit that produces sterile ‘electronica’ and barely notices the audience. These people know how to get it on for a live show." I suppose those comments are useful to anyone who’s seen or is planning to see the group perform live. Otherwise, they offer little insight into the group’s persona. For folks like me, this is our only introduction to OHN, and that is what should determine whether or not one is interested enough to want to witness the live performance. There is definite talent here. These are not amateurs by any stretch of the imagination. One just has to want to be where they are.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: OHN
  • CD Title: Revolutionary Revolution
  • Genre: Electronica
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: OHN
  • Tracks: Attention, Dear Prudence, Big Lie, What Does Soul Represent?, Any Way U Look At It, These Politics, Space Cadet, Be With Me, The World Is Beautiful, Black Seven
  • Musicians: Bill "Bildeaux" Sarver (laptop, beats, keys), Chris Forshage (guitar, horns), Andrew Tachovsky (guitar), Brad Houser (bass, sax), Allison Scharf (vocals), Joe Santori (bass), Laurav Scarborough (synth solo on track 6)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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