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Classic Album Review: Q-Burns Abstract Message | Invisible Airline

The veteran DJ takes you on a musical mind trip through the friendly skies.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Invisible Airline is a metaphor for the musical mind trip that this new disc from DJ Michael (Q-Burns) Donaldson is supposed to take you on. I beg to differ.

Not with the flight analogy; that’s pretty much spot on. But this flight is not on a commercial aircraft. The dozen moody, midtempo cuts on this mellow offering really don’t have the thrust, velocity and volume of a big old jet airliner; instead, house-influenced pop tracks like Shame and Differently tend to float and glide along on a current of gentle beatboxes, uplifting synthesizers and the breathy vocals of vocalist Lisa Shaw. More bouncy affairs like Amusement Park heart and Innocent, meanwhile, swoop and soar with the graceful comfort of a flying carpet. Either way, though, you’re flying the friendly skies.