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Disco Volante

After spending several months listening to Cinerama's debut, Va Va Voom, I was pretty sure of what to expect upon listening to Disco Volante, but those expectations were blown upon hearing the first track "146 Degrees." Disco Volante is much better than I had expected. Va Va Voom was a great album and was so constant that I'd assumed Cinerama had set their sound and they were going to stick to it. It's obvious within the first minute that this is a different album with a different sound and a different outlook.

This may be a matter of my perception alone, but the contrast between Va Va Voom and Disco Volante comes down to changing the philosophy of what Cinerama is. Va Va Voom sounded like a side project, while Disco sounds like a band meant to be taken seriously. Rather than being in direct contrast with frontman David Gedge's other band, The Wedding Present, Disco' blends the Weddoes sound with what was previously Cinerama's sound to create a beautiful and more powerful feel.

The passion on the opening tack, "146 Degrees," is something that in hindsight was missed from Va Va Voom. Steve Albini's ability to perfectly produce an album shows through here, capturing the emotional dynamic of every song. Songs like "Your Charms" and "Superman" find their highs and lows with ease while remaining perfect pop songs.

"Unzip" is a stand out track on Disco. Not only are the lyrics clever ("Just unzip your inhibitions..."), but the music sounds like a cross between American indie pop and the Boo Radleys. This is indicative of the album. Each track has it's own identity, while managing to remain a part of the whole package.

I approached this album with a certain sense of cynicism, but Cinerama has made it very hard to remain cynical. They've also made it hard to take this album out of your CD player, as you want to listen to it again and again. Disco Volante will easily make my top 10 of 2000 list.

-Tyler Jacobson

Track Listing:

  1. 146 Degrees
  2. Lollobrigida
  3. Your Charms
  4. Heels
  5. Unzip
  6. Apres Ski
  7. Superman
  8. Because I'm Beautiful
  9. Let's Pretend
  10. Wow (Extended Version)
  11. Your Time Starts Now

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