Alien Skin

Muen Magazine reviews 'Don't Open Till Doomsday'

Muen Magazine reviews 'Don't Open Till Doomsday'

by Macavity
9 June 2009

This debut offering from George Pappas, formerly of Real Life, is one that upon first listening you think you hear hints of that era gone by. Fortunately the complex simplicity of each of the ten tracks gives you pause to listen over again and listen well to realize this is nothing of the any past era but rather the future. The minimalism of the lyrics and seemingly so of the music is a façade as there is a much greater message found throughout with repeated listening of the CD. There is a multifaceted purpose to the CD with its lyrics and musical compositions that is not just "Alien Skin" deep. Much is said and left to interpretation with spare lyrics and amazing musical composition.

This album shows what a true artist can do with knowledge, experience and most of all talent in the world of alternative electronica. The silky vocals that accompany many of the tracks lure you to the truly listen to the darkly erotic and sensual trance of lyrics and music found in "Saviour" and "For Always." Both seem to delve elaborately, both musically and lyrically, into the love hate correlation found not only in relationships but life as well all the while seeming to be much more simplistic. A similarly seductive message can be found in "Dust To Ashes 1945" which may be the best track on the CD for the innovative and clever use of programming synths and vocals that make you once again think you are hearing about death and find you were actually seduced again by astonishingly clever constitution of soft percussion and smooth vocals. The CD provides tracks that Pappas has also left wide open to interpretation and are easily taken for the best dance music for any club in "The Spirit Is Willing" and the second half of "Burning In My Hands."

A CD that is definitely worth buying and listening to in order to prove that a first listen to any music but especially Alien Skin is not always what it appears and can often be an intellectual as well as an auricle intrigue.

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