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Euphoria
Precious Time
by Betsy Ellison
5.31.06

I was a bit hesitant to put this album in my CD player—in reading the press release, I saw that this album was categorized as "rock chill-out" or "guitronica." I'm a big fan of guitars, you see, but I'm not a fan at all of electronic music. Somehow, though, Ken Ramm, the man behind Euphoria, makes it work. Guest vocalists Tina Dico and Tracy Bonham are each featured on two of the songs, and those four songs are the highlights of the album. The second song, "Blue," which features Dico, is the song that I'd consider to be the standout of the album. However, that's not to say that the songs without either of the women are bad—far from it. The slide guitar/electronica combination works perfectly to create a world that is reminiscent of the old west, while at the same time is incredibly modern. Anyone who is a fan of the slide guitar or electronic music would probably enjoy this album, as would anyone who is looking for background music.