Two Sandwiches Short Of A Lunchbox ‎– Too Good To Be Strange

Apollo ‎– APOLLO 17
Vinyl, 12"



A side samples "Voyager One" by David Vorhaus (from The Vorhaus Sound Experiments)


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October 14, 2017

As reviewed by me in August 1994, long before I banished the word cheesy from my vocabulary:

Summary: A mildly disappointing one-off collaboration by people capable of much more. Trippy, bleepy, and forgettable on its own, but useful in the mix.

This collaboration between R&S mainstay David Morley and Andie of the Sabrettes label's Inky Blacknuss troupe is nothing outstanding. The title track is a nice electro-dub piece in a Kraftwerkian mode, although it runs a bit too long. Rhythmic and sparse, but not really dancey. "Too Strange.." is much like Inky Blacknuss' "Blacknuss (Andience Mix)", a wide open psychedelic masturbation based on a synth drone and someone's malfunctioning respirator. Lots of nice effects to keep the trippers bedazzled, occasionally strengthened by anthemic diads. "Nearly There" is a painful exercise in overlapping alarm tones, something even the cheeziest Moog songwriters in the 70's wouldn't have released for public consumption. Okay, it's not *that* bad; I mean, I liked it enough to buy it, but I did so mainly because "Too Strange to be Good" is easy to mix into my ambient sets, not because I'll be listening to it all the time.


September 17, 2003

'Too Good To Be Strange' is an alien soundscape wrenched from David Morley's and Andrea Parker's equipment. Twisted sounds play with your mind, especially at the end of a long night...