by Lloyd Barde, Backroads Music
Are you ready for an entire disc of all new dynamic electro-organic pieces which Steve Roach is personally very excited about? CORE has evolved into perhaps the most powerful tribal / trance / electronic release from Steve to date. He achieves a sound continuity that I have never quite heard before. Track five, in particular, takes me where no music has gone before. There is a sustained sound and subtlety of layered percussion that seems to emerge from the inside, from the "Core," if you will. Deep space elements provide the bookends, and the chapters unfold like a stream of consciousness discovery which is personal, life-affirming, and filled with a strength and surrender that seems to sum up how far this artist has traveled with his own creative spirit.