En-tact

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January 17, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Over a soundscape of fast and frenetic beats and electronic bleeps going full blast, the Shamen are one of many UK techno-bands vying to become the next groovy import. Back home, this Scottish duo became the Sex Pistols of the British underground ”rave” scene when member Will Sin, high on Ecstasy, drowned off the Canary Islands last spring. And in fact the group’s music does have a drug-and-dive mystique, full of bouncy rhythms that bubble over into a wave of samples, liquid choruses, and flowing guitar and synthesizer chords. With lines like ”human energy/power and serenity/dream time/real life/vision of eternity,” the Shamen show their predilection for concepts such as virtual reality, a computerized way of creating other realms of experience. And you can blast off to tracks like ”Move Any Mountain,” ”Omega Amigo,” and ”Hyperreal Orbit.” Too bad En-Tact‘s unrelenting speed is sometimes so flickering and flat; the album, when taken as a whole, can’t quite pull you through the looking glass. B+

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