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Juno Reactor - "The Golden Sun of the Great East" (2013)

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healium    9

‎Juno Reactor - "The Golden Sun of the Great East"
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1. Final Frontier
2. Invisible
3. Guillotine
4. Trans Siberian
5. Shine
6. Tempest
7. Zombie
8. To Byculla
9. Playing With Fire

Review:

Finally! A Juno Reactor album that isn't movie soundtrack cheese!

No seriously though, this is a wonderful return to form for JR. While it has the movie soundtrack vibe like their last couple albums, it doesn't sacrifice depth and complexity. There is a lot of variety here in the tracks, and a lot of nice big hooks in the tracks. Nice melodies, some grooving rythms (some of these tracks could work well on the dancefloor).

This is not a radical change for JR - I wouldn't say they have done anything groundbreaking here - the style has not gone in any particularly new direction. But what I love is that it takes the darkness and depth from an album like "Bible of Dreams" and combines it with the showy theatrical atmosphere of their more recent work.

It's nice to see an artist album that is more psychedelic/complex than their previous album rather than less psychedelic/complex. It seems like once artists start going the way of making their music more commercially-oriented, they don't go back to their psychedelic roots - not the case here, as although this album has a mainstream accessibility, it has the real JR spirit to it.

90/100

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desysko    82

Just a heads up, it's of the GREAT East not RISING East, :)

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Rotwang    323

Just a heads up, it's of the GREAT East not RISING East, :)

Good catch. Topic title edited.

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desysko    82

Good catch. Topic title edited.

Yep, no problem. Since this is one of my favorite albums from this year, I noticed something wasn't right, right away.

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Jon Cocco    87

Juno Reactor: The Golden Sun of the Great East

Metropolis Records

2013

 

1. Final Frontier
2. Invisible
3. Guillotine
4. Trans Siberian
5. Shine
6. Tempest
7. Zombie
8. To Byculla
9. Playing With Fire

The Golden Sun of the Great East is one of Juno Reactor's strongest albums since Beyond the Infinite, Bible of Dreams, and some of the better parts of Labyrinth that didn't sound too soundtrack-y. This release is a positive surprise from one of the leading pioneers in electronic (also organically combined electronic) music. The album is homogeneous, and flows exceptionally well from beginning to end. There are less powerful, intense moments here than on Labyrinth. There is something enjoyable about this less intense approach, but don't let that fool you. JR is daring and exciting! This album is cerebral and imaginative, and captures virtually everything I adore about Juno Reactor.

 

In conclusion, I love that JR returned to what they do best, with atmosphere, depth and substance. Ben/group brought back the intrigue, the edgy, dark and light, electronic meets organic, ethnic, tribal influence, and more! This is one of my favorite albums of 2013 by far, top 5. I have no gripes. Every song is strong.

 

An album doesn't have to be groundbreaking in order to be great. This is an EXCELLENT album that builds on the already groundbreaking foundation and development of JR's style with 9 solid, exclusive tracks. There is an occasionally dramatic feel that never sounds too much like a soundtrack as parts of Labyrinth did. After hearing 2008's frustratingly slow (some tracks) hit-and-miss God's & Monsters album (I heard it again he other day and have to skip to the few 3-4 exciting tracks), Golden Sun/Great East is a strong return to form. It's arguably their most homogenous album yet. Well done!

 

Everyone, hear this album. For many this will be BETTER than Labyrinth and THAT was in 2004 !

I love this group.

 

9 our of 10

 

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healium    9

Liking this album even more as I listen to it - there's a good bit of subtle touches that add depth and atmosphere.. The magic and mystery are back in JR's music!

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Jon Cocco    87

Just a heads up, it's of the GREAT East not RISING East, :)

 

Just another heads up. It's one of 2013's best releases.

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desysko    82

 

Just another heads up. It's one of 2013's best releases.

Oh my, that completely flew above my head. Thanks for reminding me! :lol::D

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abasio    228

Juno Reactor's best album in years. I great trancey sound with all the stuff you've come to expect from Juno Rector but concentrated back on the deep trance feeling of years gone by. I adored Labyrinth, and like JR's cinematic sounding music but this is more a step towards Bible of Dreams. I wasn't expecting this at all, which might have made it sound even better :)

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Penzoline    336

Fantastic contemporary electronic music that has it's strong roots in goatrance. Ben Watkins is nothing short of a genius. This album is an example on how to make an old school approach yet have a new sound design and execute it practically flawlessly. It almost feels like a timelapse of the whole duration of Juno Reactors lifespan.

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Lemmiwinks    35

yep, Ben Watkins is making a comeback to his goa roots with this one (Invisible! OMG!!), although this isn't by any means a neo-goa release, it is much deeper than that. Definatley one of the most original psytrance releases of 2013.

Faves: 2(!!), 3, 8(!!)

 

4/5 from me :)

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Starkraver    869

This one is definitely a favourite from 2013. I still listen to it regularly. Love the cover art too. Looks very nice on the vinyl sleeve :)

Pretty thin cheapish vinyl but at the time when there are hardly any vinyl releases in this genre, it's definitely welcomed.

So many favourites in this album. Invisible, Tempest, Trans-Siberian, zombie, Final Fromtier.

Remix album was forgettable!!

Eagerly waiting for a new album.

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