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Album Review

Arkarna is one of many post-techno rock bands that attempt to fuse techno with rock & roll, but instead of sounding anything like their contemporaries Prodigy, Radiohead, Chemical Brothers and DJ Shadow, they sound like descendants of Jesus Jones. There are hooks on the group's debut, Fresh Meat, but they are simple and repetitive, and the rhythm tracks lack complexity, while lead vocalist James Barnett's voice is almost annoyingly thin; the single "House on Fire" actually displays them at their worst instead of their best. A few cuts, such as "Eat Me," suggest that the group has the capability of making bright, melodic dance-pop, but there aren't enough similar moments to make Fresh Meat worthwhile.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The techno-pop trio Arkarna was led by vocalist and programmer Ollie Jacobs, whose musical career began when he was a teenager working at his father's London recording studio, Rollover, where he handled engineering and production duties on projects for Dreadzone, Deep Forest, Leftfield and others. Jacobs formed Arkarna with guitarist James Barnett, a onetime member of Lunarci, and guitarist Lalo Creme, the son of 10cc alum Lol Creme. Despite signing to WEA in 1995, the trio did not issue their debut...
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