World music isn't something that gets a lot of coverage in the music
press, which is disappointing because at its best it can be extremely
relaxing and engaging.
Craig Preuss and John Altman - the men behind Terracotta - are
accomplished musicians in their own right but when they come together
the result isn't exactly awe-inspiring. At its best, the songs sound
like a film score. Therefore it's no surprise to discover that four of
the songs were included in the film "Bhaji on the Beach" which was
released by Channel 4. There are also several moments on the album
that are so trip-hoppy Massive Attack would be proud of them.
Unfortunately, the songs are overlong and by the album's end the
feeling is one of relief rather than of satisfaction. Starting off
with a song over 14 minutes is a poor idea and ending with a 16 minute
song is even worse.
You do find yourself going back to this album for its positives but
the urge to hit the skip button proves too enduring, too often. Worth
checking out if you're into world music but stay away if you're an
average music lover.
by Neil Callanan