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."
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Treatments
Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards
Eluriel Tinker Barfield
Guitar, Pedal Steel, Treatments
Daniel Lanois, Mark Gane & Martha Johnson