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Album Review

With their third album, Combustible Edison goes further out into the space/lounge realm than their initial releases (I, Swinge and Schizophonic) even hinted at. Continuing to be at the forefront of the so-called lounge revival, the band (which is really more like an art project) still embraces influences such as Esquivel and Martin Denny, but have taken an even more futuristic approach on Impossible World, with the help of producer/engineer John Holbrook and "Dubmaster General" Scanner, who have given Combustible Edison's sound even more of a Barbarella-esque sheen than their earlier efforts have shown. The drum sounds are much denser than their earlier discs, and that factor, juxtaposed with the multi-layered keyboards, give this record great appeal. It's indescribably delicious.

Customer Reviews

Their own direction..

With this album, Combustible Edison finally moved away from simply replicating 50s-60s kitsch. The previous two records were rather dry and could easily be substituted for the real thing; however, this album bridges into new territory and makes for a fun, well-produced album which mixes both the influences present in the previous albums with a sound that has become more uniquely their own.

The Darker Side of Tomorrow-Land

Combustible Edison's last release is probably their best: a Fellini-esque trip through Tomorrowland. Definitely an "E-Ticket." It's a shame the ride ended here; one can only wonder where they'd take us next.

Nice Album

Glad I bought it but nothing like the first.


Formed: 1994 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

What to do if you've been slogging away in the rock underground for a decade to slight critical acclaim without making any appreciable artistic or commercial headway? In the mold of David Johansen/Buster Poindexter, the band Christmas decided to retool themselves as lounge lizards. On their debut album, the Providence, RI, group played cocktail jazz, exotica, torch ballads, and B-movie spy/guitar themes. To complete their transformation, the band adopted ice cream-colored tuxedoes in their live performances;...
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