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Album Review

On UFO's third album, the Japanese producers consolidate the world-spanning vision inherent in the title of their previous album, No Sound Is Too Taboo. Most of the styles on 3rd Perspective are French in persuasion, from accordion waltzes to spy-soundtrack grooves. That doesn't make for a bad album, just one which seems to harp on one style when UFO has been known for using the whole world as their palette.

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The primal beats of intrigue and seduction

i-tunes review quote: "...doesn't make for a bad album, just one which seems to harp on one style when UFO has been known for using the whole world as their palette." I did not perceive it as "harping" at all. I felt like the album told a story. If you listen to it in order, there is clearly a prologue, beginning, middle, and ending. I would love to see this choreographed as a dance performance. The tracks in themselves are great mood setters, full of energy and confidence (and dash of swagger); very sexy in a thrilling and dangerous sort of way. (the following represents the emotions and inner visuals these pieces evoked for me) 1) His Name Is...: Suave and confident; the ultimate Cool Cat. 2) The Planet Plan: Action! Adventure! Danger! 3) Friends-We'll Be: Who's your sidekick Baby? Dance with me... 4) Spy's Spice: Explore the exotic city. Fun and flirty 5) Fool's Paradise: Intrigue abounds. Follow the notes into the night. 6) Waltz (Le Serpent Rouge): Seductive, hypnotic, and dangerous 7) Picaresque Eye: Interesting. Several different moods in one song...a summation of "the story so far..." 8)Nica's Dream: Felt like an extended interlude. Light and relaxed; fun to just listen to, with a reprieve from the suspenseful stimulation of the other pieces. The last 25 seconds acts as a segue to draw you back into the action. 9) Cosmic Gypsy: Dancing in the moonlight. Upbeat and cunning game of cat and mouse. 10) Dice for a Chance: The climax; primal and frenzied 11) The Moving Shadows: Closure; brings you back down from the heightened state of the previous piece, and wraps up the story.

Spectacular soundtrack for a non-existent spy thriller

That's how I heard this described in an NPR feature on the album, and it fits. Just about every song here would fit into a James Bond film or perhaps one of the "Ocean's" films. This album does span a number of related styles and is perhaps not as diverse as other UFO collections, but this thing works. "The Planet Plan" took my breath away. Initially, the track was to become the updated theme for the first Mission: Impossible film, but wasn't used. So UFO transformed it into something even better. Don't overlook this album. I give it a four-star only because of a couple tunes that were kind of draggy, but the overall effect is great.


Spectacular spicy spy music


Formed: 1990 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Pioneers of the Japanese acid-jazz sound, the United Future Organization comprised Tokyo club DJs Tadashi Yabe, Toshio Matsuura and French expatriate Raphael Sebbag. Joining forces in 1990, the trio quickly emerged as a leading force on the Tokyo underground club scene, making their recorded debut the next year with the 12-inch "I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Jazz); " "Loud Minority/Moon Dance" followed in mid-1992, becoming a cult favorite on club circuits ranging from London to Hamburg to New York...
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