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Induce
Induce
Cycle
Wonder Sound


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Call (Original Mix)"

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It would be inaccurate to say that Induce creates "smooth jazz", as his cut-and-paste work on Cycle falls somewhere between contemporary light jazz and electronic music, but his material suffers from many of the same problems as that deservedly maligned genre.

Induce's basic sound is very satisfying, but the things it does are far more likely to put you to sleep than to send you into a sexual fervor. Careful attention to "Systemic Mechanic", for instance, reveals that it's moving even more slowly and changing even less frequently than you thought. Halfway in, it breaks down into a sort of atmospheric/electronic mess, full of obnoxious drone, then works its way back to the point at which it started. This sort of tepid composition inspires the elevator music comparisons, and will ultimately make you regret your careful scrutiny of Induce's work.

Induce makes matters worse by watering down his own ideas. His songs drag on too long -- "A Wave of Calm Before the Storm" overstays its welcome by a good four minutes. Cycle also includes an assortment of "hidden" songs, which function as a bizarre parody of the whole "bonus track" concept.

As "Resuscitation"'s disco-flavored strings and sexy (albeit bland) horns demonstrate, Induce has a powerful knack for piecing together complementary sonic palettes. If only he could find something more interesting to do with the excellent sounds he chooses, or at least hook up with a live drummer, he might stop putting his listeners to sleep.



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