Stripped down to just Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, and assorted studio musicians, M+M worked closely with producer Daniel Lanois for the third time. And, once again, it was a very successful combination.

Incorporating more funk and dance sound, perhaps due to being partially recorded in New York City, M+M continue their growth and expand their dimensions as a band.
Once again, the album is full of melodic, well-constructed songs. "Cooling the Medium" and "Black Stations/White Stations" have some wonderfully memorable hooks; the latter also features the amazing bass of Tinker Barfield and the horn playing of Michael and Randy Brecker.

The incredible beat structures throughout the album (provided, for the most part by Yogi Horton) make it almost impossible to sit still. But as with their previous two releases, this album is sound.

M+M create sound through layering, excellent producing and arrangements. Martha Johnson uses her voice quite effectively on this release, especially on "Come Out and Dance," and the wonderful gem "Rhythm of Life."

Aaron Badgley
ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Mark Gane

Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Treatments

 

Martha Johnson

Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards

 

Eluriel Tinker Barfield

Bass

 

Michael Brecker

Horn

 

Randy Brecker

Horn

 

Rufus Cappadocia

Cello

 

Martin Deller

Percussion

 

Yogi Horton

Drums

 

Shawne Jackson

Vocals

 

Daniel Lanois

Guitar, Pedal Steel, Treatments

 

Fred Maher

Drums

 

Julie Masi

Vocals

 

Wayne Mills

Horn

 

Dave Pilch

Bass

 

Dick Smith

Percussion

 

Sharon Williams

Vocals

 

Produced by:
Daniel Lanois, Mark Gane & Martha Johnson

 

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Black Stations/
     White Stations
Cooling the Medium
Come Out and Dance
I Start to Stop
Big Trees
In Between Sleep
     and Reason
Garden in the Sky
Nation of Followers
Alibi Room
Rhythm of Life
mystery-walk
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