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Blue States First Steps Into...

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • XLR8R Rating: 6/10

Danny Boyle took the creepy yet chilled electro-pop of Blue States widescreen when he tacked their "Season Song" onto the end of his destabilizing horror classic 28 Days Later. States architect Andy Dragazis noticed: "First Steps...Last Stand," the second song on his one-man band's latest release, sounds like that song's instrumental twin. The lesson being: Don't fuck with the streak. Dragazis hasn't, although his fourth album is a bit heavy on the high end, filled with crystalline structures like "Gaining Time" and "Allies." First Steps Into... could use some darker moments besides the Ligeti-like "100s and 1000s." (You know, the kind that got Boyle high.) Meanwhile, the streak for successful, if piercing dream-tracking continues.

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