"...Amazing blend of style, guitar, and moods"
I bought this CD after hearing "Back Against the Wall" on KCRW a few months ago--the nasty guitar riffs set to electronic beats intrigued me. But over time, what has emerged from many listens--and what still stands out for me--is my impression of how rich this record actually is--contributions from Tracy Thorne ("Anyone Can Lose") to Tina Dico (the amazing "Blue"), tracks that traverse very different worlds, the record is quite an amazing blend of style, guitar, and moods--it has very easily made it into my 'Top Five' of 2006, a feat considering how much music passes through my ears annually. It's also a fabulous listen with the top down. Highly recommended!
Critics have scrambled for a label to categorize Euphoria's sound, ever since "Delirium" raged across the airwaves. One suggestion might be electro-blues, an all-encompassing term that still doesn't quite capture all the elements that go into Ken Ramm's amazing musical stew. It certainly, however, describes "Back Against the Wall," a sensational techno-flavored number, drenched in slide guitar, steaming harmonica, and bubbly keyboards.
And it's equally apt for "Blue" (one of a quartet of excellent vocal tracks, this one featuring Tina Dico), which speeds irrepressibly toward U2 territory in places, albeit in a thoroughly techno mode. However, the tag doesn't work for "The Glendale Train," built solely on a blues riff, Ramm's phenomenal 12-string guitar, and a tinge of Blind Faith around the edges. But that's the beauty of Precious Time, Euphoria's strongest set to date, for Ramm is taking his project even deeper into unexplored territory. The carefully sequenced album pushes in a variety of stylistic directions, including the country & western shades of "Cowboys" and "Fire in the Hole," the Bristol sound of both the title track (featuring Tracy Bonham) and the haunting Tricky-esque "The Getaway," the space rock goes blues of "Forever Dust," and the floating Orb-esque psychedelia of "Vapor."
At least four songs on this set cry out "radio hit," and the rest should keep a wide range of club DJs busy for months to come, for every track within will undoubtedly have its fans. So electro-blues doesn't quite sum up the breadth of this set, nor even hint at the flawless musicianship, stunning productions, and strength of each and every song. But it's a start.
Album Review by Jo-Anne Greene on allmusic.com