we are only but mere visitors to this planet, our lives a brief moment in time. and when that moment is finished we shall return back to whence we came. life is a great story but only one act in a play of many. death leads into life again and the story to be continued.
"This music is very intriguing, as dark, brooding, and haunting as the angel of death itself."
Reviewed by Keith Hannaleck, Progressive World, July 2002
"Moody pop songs with a whaleload of sonic ideas behind them. The songs themselves have a nice flow, blending the diverse sounds into a solid unit. Some conceptual bands sound contrived. Not these folks. Not by a long shot."
Reviewed by Aiding and Abetting, July 2002
"blowuphollywood seems like an ironic moniker considering that the project comes across as a soundtrack for a film noir . . . though, ahem, certainly not a Hollywood film score. This music is somehow simultaneously as disturbing as it is beatific, conjoining dirgelike acoustic guitars, surrealistic strings and languorous vocal harmonies into tone poems which literally follow one individual's ethereal passage into afterlife. The mystery is reinforced by the artists' decision to reveal no credits, names or photos, a surprisingly egoless kowtow to the art considering the incredible professionalism of this production. Fans of Lisa Gerrard or Sigur Rós will like this."
Reviewed by Alan Fark, Minor Seventh, July 2002
"While there is a bunch of ethereal, instrumental music that seems cinematically inclined, this self-titled disc from Blow Up Hollywood takes things a step further, serving as a literal soundtrack for a film in the works. In the future, the band will score the film live as it's projected on three screens in front of audiences. Based on the music, one expects an evocative, eerie B & W kind of film, with its plotline about a boy who dies and has a trip to Heaven interrupted by detours to Purgatory and Hell."
Reviewed by Suite101.com, July 2002
"I am absolutely obsessed with "Blow Up Hollywood"! I don't write much anymore for the 'zine as I'm too busy with the administrative overhead, but
this one I'm doing! Really excellent disc!"
Robert R. Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of music-reviewer.com, July 2002
"blow up hollywood is a stark and thoughtfully composed meditation on death, dying, life and the afterlife, featuring plaintiff pianos, viably poignant vocals and mournful strings that quickly and consistently carve the path for clarity and introspection. It's hard to find words for a release this fresh and intelligent, so it's probably best to say that this is an absolute essential meant for those who wish to brace both beauty and sadness.
Reviewed by Hybrid Magazine, August 2002.