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Michael Nace
The Voyage Out
Minority Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
From the outset with the melodic, sweeping "All of Them" you can tell that The Voyage Out is going to be epic. There is a grandeur to this album that is hard to deny, an almost operatic work. This is the ultimate collection of contemporary influences- The Voyage Out has traces of many of my obsessions as of late, and I could see it hitting home with the denizens of very diverse music. The Sea & Cake, Couch, Frank Zappa, Aloha, Tristeza, a host of ethnic music styles. Michael Nace combines those influences and more into his first legitimate solo outing. I had the pleasure of hearing some of Michael's bosa nova compositions a few years ago and I have to say that, placed alongside those of Joao Gilberto, they really did shine but ultimately pale in comparison to his first widely available release since his math-y post-rock machine Drill For Absentee disbanded.

The Voyage Out masters the audio translation for the finer moments of life. The champagne wishes and caviar dreams of the everyday student, adventurer and lover come true. From the more overt folk structures of some tracks to those inspired by Eastern thought to the comparatively rocking "Lucky, Solitary Life" about half way through, The Voyage Out is multi-faced twelve-track collection that shimmers like a crown jewel. In a new light, in a new room, in a new mindset- the songs cycle through in a natural fashion, evenly broken up into halves. Each listen reveals savory moments, the complexities of intricate arrangements exposing new surprises. Track after track they rotate, one moment the magnificence and fullness of "What You Got" overpowering, the next the graceful siren of "Schuykill River" completely captivating.

Relentless. That is what They Voyage Out ultimately is. Relentless in a desire to please, a desire to mesmerize, a desire to enchant, a desire to envelop. In such rich and luxurious compositions, Michael Nace nurtures beauty to blossom from the confluences of textures and philosophies, merging organic with synthetic tones. The incorporation of so many voices - acoustic and electric guitars, vibraphone, mandolin, keyboards, chimes, piano and an assortment of strings make The Voyage Out an isthmus between the classical and the ultra-modern. It has been said that the thread that links them is the pure, acoustic, unassuming nature of the songs, simple in melody, complex in structure. I couldn't agree more. The enlightened intersection of Turkish folk music, Sam Prekop, and Couch.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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