Magazine article Tikkun

Conference of the Birds

Magazine article Tikkun

Conference of the Birds

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[Music]

Capsule Reviews CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS by OM. Holy Mountain Records, 2006

THE CONTEMPOrary popular music scene is like a children's splash park, where consumers try to cool down without getting soaked. The point is to avoid commitment. The last thing an iPod owner addicted to the play of randomness wants is a song that demands too much time and space. From that perspective, OM's second album Conference of the Birds is perversely anachronistic. Although clocking in at only a little over a half hour, like LPs did in the 1960s, the record consists of just two fifteen minute-plus tracks. Slow to build, deliberately repetitive, and lacking in the peaks and valleys, which made the classic rock minioperas of bands like The Beatles, The Who, and Genesis easier to sit through, "At Giza" and "Flight of the Eagle" reject the casual listener with glass-eyed disdain. If you want to derive any pleasure from these songs, you have to give yourself over to them, suspending the shuffle-mode self in favor of single-minded devotion. …

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