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Newspeak - Sweet Light Crude


I produced, engineered, and mixed this album for Newspeak for a 2010 release on New Amsterdam Records.


• "This is not a collection of composers and composer/performers writing posthumously but instead a gathering of topical works in an unabashedly contemporary language. I have no doubt that, as Newspeak continues to pursue this path, the works that come out will be works that endure." - Sequenza 21, January 20, 2011

• "...sweet light crude really is the best "prog" album since King Crimson's Red, way back in 1974." - Awaking Sense, Top 10 Albums of the Year, December 22, 2010

• "It's a tough proposition to unselfconsciously combine musical styles as seemingly disparate as contemporary classical music, progressive rock, heavy metal, and electronica, but on sweet light crude Newspeak makes it sound effortless and completely devoid of the awkwardness one hears much too often in these attempts at cross-genre pollination." - NewMusicBox, November 23, 2010

• "On six tracks, all by different composers, everything somehow makes sense, whether the musicians are taking on noisy funk or a soft, steady ballad. The group’s flexibility deserves commendation, and is also part of the fun." -, November 19, 2010

• "Hearing the details and shape of what they are doing is revelatory, this is a provocative recording that’s also fun and satisfying to listen to, and it may be as seminal for the next generation of composers as 'Icebreaker’s' debut CD was for this one." - The Big City, November 13, 2010

Jay C. Batzner, January 13, 2011

A Fool In The Forest, Top 2010, December 27, 2010

Alex V. Cook, November 12, 2010

Lucid Culture, November 12, 2010

Lucid Culture, November 19, 2010

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