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Thursday, January 2, 2003

Review - Sacred System: Book Of Exit -- Dub Chamber 4

Artist: Bill Laswell

Posted on Thu, Jan 2, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Sacred System: Book Of Exit -- Dub Chamber 4
Label: ROIR
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Sacred System: Book Of Exit -- Dub Chamber 4
Bill Laswell -- an artist who certainly understands the power of simple, low-end sonics -- and on this "Sacred System" album, he uses dub less as a definition than as a stylistic milepost. Yes, there are deep, throbbing basslines and airy, echo-drenched percussion parts. Yet, as Laswell is clearly besotted with Ethiopian vocalist GiGi, "Sacred System" stands more as a continuation of the themes the two explored while Laswell produced her U.S. debut. Far from a true "dub" album, this is more of a luscious, low-end soul album, built on complexity, not simplicity.

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