Posted by: Dinko <Send E-Mail> Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at 4:12 p.m. IP Address: ac827f66.ipt.aol.com
Yes, this album is a lot of pointless noise. It just drifts with no real purpose. No truly memorable melody. And has lots of hints of previous works.
It's still not as noisy as some other soundtrack releases this year. Most notably Final Fantasy and Planet of the Apes.
The music is more or less pleasant, depending on what one's tolerance for new age and full length operas might be. It's nice and cute, and provides a good atmospheric musical background while you're occpied with something else (homework, research, house cleaning, annual report writing...)
My main problem with Mythodea is that the electronics try to mimic an orchestra, and the orchestra is distorted making it sound like those cheap kids' versions of Yamaha keyboards sold at ToysRUs. So forget that London Metropolitan Orchestra nonsense. You can barely hear them, except for a few seconds here and there.
Plus, while featuring some liner notes from Vangelis, Jim Garbin (NASA scientist), Laurence Bergreen (author) and a quote from Johannes Kepler, the inlays have almost no info as to who sings what and where (it's not always easy to differentiate Norman and Battle) nor about what was recorded where as apparently some recording was also done in London by Geoff Foster and John Bailey.