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Album Review

Sometimes, a band can redefine itself out of a great album. Granted, sophistication's never been high on the to-do list of a genre like dance music. But occasionally, an artist like Sunscreem reminds us of the genre's essential roots in the muscles and the subconscious, and the unexpected variety of wealth to be mined from that territory. Either way, Sunscreem's 1998 release, Looking at You: Club Anthems, may have carved out that territory too well. If Looking at You: Club Anthems was a fulfilling, long-term relationship abruptly cut off, Ten Mile Bank, Sunscreem's following release, would be the rebound. It's an OK time, but all it's good for is reheating the past and serving it back to you in a Tupperware container. Rather than taking advantage of the fertile ground laid out by Club Anthems, Ten Mile Bank seems more intent on copyediting — tweaking what its predecessor has already established. Club Anthems had a radioactive shimmer that refracted out and over the beat — a brightness too strong for the lens to take in clearly. But Ten Mile Bank seems almost too focused, too tight, and the album feels like it needs to be ripped wide open; it's full of haze and distortion, ambitions and maybe a failed experiment or two. But the Sunscreem staples really aren't that different here. The heart-thump and chamber-echo chorus of "Exodus 99" haven't been sacrificed, and the guitar-driven breakdown adds an extra layer of threat to the song, but most of the breakdowns bring the song back to sameness. Still, mediocre Sunscreem is better than the most ambitious techno music, and Ten Mile Bank remains loyal to the bass-drum thump, and gives the ear plenty of exercise while the body is lost in gyration. Lucia Holm's water-submersed vocals and centrifugal chorus-line on "Change" offer a suggestion of the near-hallucinogenic brain taffy this album could have become. "Walk Under Ladders" and "Cover Me" are happy to the point of meditation. No "Looking at You" or "Perfect Motion" here, but Ten Mile Bank still has more than enough to keep it from being relegated to the cut-out bin. Sunscreem bring back the dance, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Customer Reviews

Visual Music!

LOVE SUNSCREEM! What an AWESOME noise! Music that you can almost see and definitely feel! Wishing, wanting, waiting for more from Sunscreem.

good techno hard to find...

Sunscreem first hit my aurtal radar in '98 with the the single from '03,"Love You More". I liked the mix feel of this cd and the excellent vocals of the fem lead singer.This album is another treat for those of us who like smart,beat-rich,non-repetative techno music.this is the perfect cd for a bike ride, work-out session, or cruising to a night spot. these sounds won't be found on any radio station and absent in most clubs. this means it is unique and blessed with a freshness lacking in much electronica these days.

Sunscreem is one of the best

One of the best out there. Check out Walk under ladders, Exodus 99, and Please save me as some of my favorites from the CD. But the whole CD is worth it. Also if you like these check out "Love you more" by Sunscreem as well. "Love you more" was the first song I heard from Sunscreem and made me fall in love with them. Their music is not mainstream, but it should be. It's an extremely intelligent mix of harmony, vocals, and sounds that are garenteed to get you moving and thinking. As another reviewer said, it's music you can feel. I only wish they would come out with new CD's still. I also wish everyone had a chance to listen to their music because I think this group deserves more.


Formed: 1991 in Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the first rave-pop groups with live-performance abilities as well, Sunscreem formed around Paul Carnell and Lucia Holm (both on keyboards and vocals) with a handful of contributors including guitarists Darren Woodford and Wayne Simms, bassist Rob Fricker, drummer Sean Wright and Baz the DJ. Holm was a session cellist -- with credits including Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" -- when she met Carnell at a warehouse rave in Essex and agreed to form a band. Early singles "Walk On" and...
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