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Guest akroupnik[at]usa[dot]net   
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I agree with the above two reviewers, this album really is nothing special.

While it isnt particularly bad, it isnt particularly good either, quite dark,

repetitive and not terribly exciting. No more than an average psy trance

dance floor filler really. The Delta are definitelly far superior .

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Guest agibson684[at]earthlink[dot]net   
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Wait...give me a moment to wipe off the smile from my face. Ever wondered how

much energy a tornado is capable of unleashing? The El Nino track will do

that alone, however, this album is nothing short of stunning! If you are an

old school, early to mid-90's psy-trance lover then you've found your temple

of worship. This record has come from a higher source and I'm willing to bet

money that certain astrological alignments are responsible for it being

unparalleled. Nothing can prepare you for this. brilliant! With all due

respect to being objective, this is an absolute religious experience committed

to vinyl & CD. Quantitatively, an easy 9 and essential!

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Guest mikko.lahti[at]kolumbus[dot]fi   
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I´m now playing this record for the first time and i´m impressed! this sounds

REALLY good. i think sometimes this might be a boring cd but usually this

really rocks! =) Track number 6 is my favourite. Although I haven´t listen 7

and 8 yet... =)

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Guest mikko.lahti[at]kolumbus[dot]fi   
Guest mikko.lahti[at]kolumbus[dot]fi

I listened this yesterday whole evening and it just got better and better!!

AWESOME album! track number 1, 2, 6 and 7 are the best tracks! especially 7!!

*Wow*

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Guest MG   
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A bit dated it almost seems, even for 99. I likes the Delta, although I refuse

to even consider another compil8n with a Delta track on it (except if new!!!)

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Guest Rabbitakis[at]hotmail[dot]com   
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I am a wild FAN of x-dream group (i believe it is the best group). This album

is not very good is just average , with only one big suprise, EL NINO! This

track is absolute fantastic. i listened this track in SOLA LUNA 2001 festival

and i gone totally mad ... overall grade of this album is something between 5

and 6 out of ten!Delta&Organic noise work is better and x-dream work is far

far far Better than this ...

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Guest propellerheart   
Guest propellerheart

GREAT ALBUM. YOU MUST HAVE IT. Don't listen to this deliberate as bad as

possible critics, cause they are just jelaous cause they can't

make......10.5/10

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seraph    14

Extremely good album...It is dark and realmy and the compositions are at it's

best...All songs are good but BLOODSUCKERS is one of the best songs ever

made...Other goodies are ALIEN NATION 1 AND 2, EL NINO, FAIRY IN THE DRAGON

FOREST...

10/10

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Guest spacemonkey - 604   
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it is good really good, but sometimes there is so much going on that i have the

feeling they lost control abit and it makes some of hte sounds layed on top to

"muddy",(of course could be that my sound systeme can't handle it ;-)). I also

dislike everybody talking about a X-dream side project because that would rule

out the involvement of the other tree fellows, it has got a dark atmosphere

but not a dictintive x-dream sound. over-all it's hard full-on blasting energy

coming out of your speakers and really getting you soundtripping, played it

and play it loud!!

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Guest Defbydelta...   
Guest Defbydelta...

so now its my turn...

i think like some of the others that el Nino, Alien Nation 2,Bloddsuckers and

Fairy In The Dragonforest are the best tracks on this, becouse it IS!!

i'll give it- 7,5 out of 10

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Guest Dzsonee   
Guest Dzsonee

except for Z's Y, Alien Nation 2, New Cop, El Nino, Bloodsuckers, Alien Nation

1, Fairy In The Dragonforest and Concrete Canyon there are no good tracks on

this album. :))) I've just discovered it and i'm fully amazed! It's really

really trippy, real storytelling music. But where could one buy it?

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Jon Cocco    90

CHILDREN OF PARADISE - URBAN ALIEN

1999

 

 

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Track list:

 

01. 08'36" Z's Y - C+

02. 09'25" Alien Nation 2 - B

03. 10'32" New Cop - B-

04. 10'20" El Nino - B+

05. 10'58" Bloodsuckers - B+ / A-

06. 07'15" Alien Nation 1 - B

07. 08'19" Fairy In The Dragonforest - B+

08. 08'15" Concrete Canyon - B-

 

 

I took this one out of the collect. I've been listening to it multiple times throughout the last several weeks relative to this date.

 

I think C.O.P. is better than I initially thought when I last heard this oh, I don't know... back in 2000-2001. Nonetheless, some weaknesses remain and are just as evident as they were before.

 

On the plus side I really like the industrial, almost post apocolyptic introductions. The tone is dark and generally atmospheric throughout and there's melodies. There are definitely some very well done songs here, although I find none superb there are no bad ones either.

 

My problem is that some tracks, such as the first one, start good. After the first several minutes I literally hear and feel the repetition. I'm less engaged due to the general monotony present on this album. Some tracks really start off well but they accomplish all or most of their tricks and treats several minutes into the song. This leaves the rest of the track uneventful and if the track isn't great to begin with, (as most here clearly aren't to me even if they're all above average) it begins to drag and go downhill.

 

In conclusion, this a pretty good album but the whole does not equal the sum of its parts. Several tracks employ the more repetitive, uneventful sound in this darker style that bore the shit out of me. On the other hand tracks like Bloodsuckers, Fairy of the Dragon Forest, and El Nino are on another level entirely. X-Dream's The Delta side project may be better but I came back to this one more over the years. It's worth checking out for fans of X-Dreams post Radio dark style. There may be a reason why no one reviewed this album since 2002. It isn't bad. Some of the melodies mixed in with gritty soundscapes, textures, and atmosphere is no doubt intriguing at times. The tracks are generally dependent on the concept that you will be captured several minutes into them; captured enough to excuse the many sounds that loop for much of the second half. For example I thought the opening started off very well but by the third or so minute I began losing interest fast as the song repeats. It just grows thin on the senses. Some people will disagree because of the always potential trance-state existent or their biasness to this being a rare side-project of X-Dream or whatever. But I listen to every track tentatively and in different states. I'm a good listener. This album has several great tracks for this style and dark Psy-Trance in general and others are very forgettable and weak. A masterpiece this album isn't but it sure has it's moments. Another observation is that while writing this I decided to attach samples. I listened to them although I recently heard the entire album and based on the samples this sounds really great, better than my review consensus. The thing is that after 5-7 minutes some of the tracks lose allure and intrigue because they weren't as strong to begin with. Playing around more with adding and subtracting layers could have improved this dramatically at times. It isn't minimal and there is greatness on it. Don't let my review fool you however. While RADIO and the first DELTA were stronger and more memorable, Children of Paradise is X-Dream all the way. Side Projects by X-Dream like The Delta I found to have several cool songs but it was generally lacking in melodies, hard, and repetitive. Urban Alien is a solid release because of several really great songs. It isn't anything spectacular or excellent as a whole but when you hear certain tracks assuming you like this style ... they're so damn good you may think this album is better than it is.

 

 

Favorite tracks: 4, 5, 7.

 

 

B

 

 

Samples below: For some reason they cut off like 45 sec's into the sample. :(

 

http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=51

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Anakoluth    1

just picked this vinyl up from my fav record store.....it's awesome!

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cryion    0

i just found that cd again in my shelf and put it into my new hifi system.

i totally forgot about it and honestly, i dont know why.

its definitely one of the best cds ive ever heard. i agree on Jons review somehow, but i guess matter of taste plays a huge role here. well, it suits mine, nothing more to add :lol:

 

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Trance2MoveU    375

I first heard this long ago and it's not hard to notice this is different than most goa trance. It came out when goa was basically finished and a new breed of psytrance was on the rise. Jon Coco hit the nail on the head. These are not the strongest of tracks and when you keep looping the same sounds over and over it becomes too repetitive and boring. Chop some minutes off and I think the quality increases dramatically.

 

Of course I'm a better listener than I was 10 years ago and have come to appreciate little nuances that I might not have noticed previously. Alien Nation 2 is an acidic creature of the night lurking in the shadows. El Nino of course slays everything else here in an acidic whitewash for the entire ten minutes. Of course its chiral non super imposable mirror image is New Cop which was 10 and a half minutes of Zzzzz....

 

Bloodsuckers takes awhile to build up some steam, but it eventually gets there. Fairy in the Dragon Forest is one of the most "goa" tracks here. So it's not something I would go to frequently, but some of the tracks have appeal.

 

Mdk

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