“Nocturne” -released on Chris Franke’s Sonic Images label- is the last solo album by British synthesist Mark Shreeve he would out out under his own name. Just a year after, he founded the notable band Redshift.
The 15 tracks/65-minute “Nocturne” serves a varied meal: it ranges from melodic-, energetic, up-tempo songs (the erotizing “Meateater”, “Aftershock”, “Dynamo Eternal”, “Summer Drift 69”) connecting to the result of e.g. “Assassin” and other of his power-electronic releases to atmospheric, cinematic and drama-infused stuff (“Century Down”, “Balles de Cosmique”, “Ceremony”, “Summer Drift 69”) along several weak, lightweight pieces (“Aurora”, “Out of Time”, “Hellchilde”, “Black”) and even a awful vocal endeavor (“Big Trouble”). At first, the 9-minute title track at the end seems an interesting effort but misses out body and sonic expression to be remembered either.
All the aforementioned don’t make the album a cohesive one nor did it leave me with a satisfactory feeling. Allthough this recording is a rare find these days, Mr Shreeve has done much better than this.
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