A Reminiscent Drive ‎– Ambrosia

F Communications ‎– F 120 CD
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Music, lyrics, sounds and production at le jardin St-Vincent.
Published by J.A.
"Why worry when you can pray!"
"The opposite of love is fear"

Released under license by PIAS Benelux, PIAS UK and PIAS Germany. Distribution in France by PIAS France, UK by Charged/Vital, Germany by Connected.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 413356 749625
  • Matrix / Runout: A0100308328-0101 13 A1
  • Rights Society: SABAM/BIEM
  • Distribution Code (France): 137.0120.20
  • Distribution Code (Germany): CMV 5 0120 20 137 ACY
  • Distribution Code: 381PS
  • Label Code: LC 01347

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TFCK-87802 A Reminiscent Drive Ambrosia(CD, Album) Toy's Factory TFCK-87802 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
F 120 PROMOCD A Reminiscent Drive Ambrosia(CD, Album, Promo) F Communications F 120 PROMOCD France 2000 Sell This Version
F 120 DLP X A Reminiscent Drive Ambrosia(2xLP, Album) F Communications F 120 DLP X France 2000 Sell This Version



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January 7, 2012

"Here we are. I like to, uh, introduce a perfect example for what the world is coming to". A Reminiscent Drive just released two Studio Albums, both deeply charged with emotions and feelings in every track. But while the first album, "Mercy Street", delivers sentimental songs with sweet melodies, the second studio album, "Ambrosia", changes a little this concept. I'm not saying that this album isn't emotional, it's just more sad, in his own style. And some tracks in here will rock your world if you recently listen the first studio recording and you're looking for more: Here's a lot more for your enjoy! But with some changes: while Mercy Street have a kind of "unreal sound" (The bass sounds false, there is no drum samples and there is a lot of sounds in lo-fi), Ambrosia have a more reallistic sound, with more beats, more bass quality and more computer generated sounds: In fact, while the first album have the announcement "No Computer In This Record!", Ambrosia incorporates Computer technology in many tracks (And a place in the covers is full of Computer monitors), making the sound more "Credible". The other big difference is the lack of Vocals in the Mercy Street LP (There is a lot of vocal samples and speech, but all the tracks are escencially instrumentals); but there is a couple of Songs in Ambrosia (And with special guests!) with vocals of Nicole Graham, Millané Kang, and the own Jay Alanski (Producer, composer, designer and performer of all the tracks in the A Reminiscent Drive project), with vocal samples as well. And, like the previous release, the entire CD package have a lot of pictures of Mr. Alanski, with a Booklet with a page for every song, making space for the observer guys. With images of Budha, flowers, many plastic objects, rain clouds... etc.
Now the songs review: the opener track, "(On My Way to) Providence", is a energetic track, full of the sounds that cautivate in Mercy Street, functioning like a continuation to the previous album. With the hard sound of the electric guitar of the good JF Kellner (Guitarrist in the A Reminiscent Drive project) in the background, and gradually being fulled with some guitars, keyboards and synthesizers. "Are You Coming Back To Me?" is the first track to incorporate Alanski to the vocals, with a lo-fi style and a hard bass sound. The third and tittle track begins with the same portuguese vocal sample to different velocities, sounding very weird, but it totally changes to a sad ballad, full of organic sounds (Acoustic Guitars, latin percussion, and trumpets), revealing one of the more beautiful tracks listened in a A Reminiscent Drive Album. "The Unseen World", the next track, have a Jazz-House style, dealing with dance beats and synths, then with a jazzy trumpet by N. Genest. "What's Your Style?" is the second vocal credit to Alanski, and the first track to sound totally electric (Is entirely computer-Generated), but it have some feeling in it. "Unconditional Love" is almost Industrial, growing in crescendo with more electric sounds and deep beats, and is the more up-beat track in the album. "Silence In Heaven" is techno infected, full with more electric sounds and bass-beats. This surely sounds nothing like the older A Reminiscent Drive, but it haves style, rithm and feeling. "Travelling Soul" incorporates Nicole Graham as a singer, and sounds even more electric than the previous tracks. But the ambient keeps you there. "One Hundred Eleven Reasons (!yppaH eB oT)" and "Sometimes I Do What I'm Told!" are two electric tracks, mid-techno, with a playful style. "Satellites" is the third (And last) track to features Alanski as the singer, being more sadder and calm to relax a little. If you haven't liked the previous tracks and you're looking for more songs like the 3rd and 4th of the album, hang on there: "Tears Along the Way" is a romantic, sweet and sad ballad, with vocals by Millané Kang; it is full of synths, bass, and all delivered with rythm and feeling. Surely a A Reminiscent Drive fan willlike this one, so smooth and seductive... And the closer track "Smokey Mountains", is another good moment: so sadder and evocative that is hard to describe... is almost depressive. With an only Guitar riff and, along the track, growing with the piano, the jazzy Trumpet, synths and the echo: It puts you in a sad and melancholic ambient. This is sure one of the best and more beautiful songs i've heard in my entire life. <Sorry about that.>
The sound quality is very good: even the lo-fi tracks are listen well. And the production is worked 'til the last tiny piece. Yes, is quite different from the classic A Reminiscent Drive", but the changes will only decepcionate a guy with a closed mind. A lots of good musicians have changed his musical direction over the years. But that's the time when the really fanatics are truly discovered. Don't look at me: I'm not a fanatic. I just like this music.