Thursday, September 16, 1999

Review - The Seduction of Claude Debussy

Artist: Art of Noise

Posted on Thu, Sep 16, 1999 at 4:00 AM

The Seduction of Claude Debussy
Label: ZTT/Universal
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: The Seduction of Claude Debussy

Debussy understood that a work of art, or an effort to create beauty, was always regarded by some as a personal attack. Sometimes, music speaks for itself. On "The Seduction of Claude Debussy," while John Hurt's narration provides borrowed insight into the life of the mysterious composer, the music serves as the dreamscape that guides us through realms words could never explain.

"The Seduction" captures moments in music. It writes riffs that enrapture the right brain. It explains the life of an enigma with minimal talk. It rolls the voices of Rakim Allah, Sally Bradshaw, Carol Kenyon and Donna Lewis over hypnotic tracks like billowy clouds. It invades and, yes, seduces the psyche.

Art of Noise successfully marries two frames of thought from neighboring eras into one stream of consciousness.

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