1. each other [9:41]
  2. considered [5:12]
  3. contemplate [4:35]
  4. varied [6:18]
  5. unpublished [12:15]
  6. seven chapters [8:12]
  7. behold [6:28]
  8. decisived [8:43]
  9. alternate [7:44]
Tracks that change the style during itself. Sometime a mellow track ends up in Prog-Rock. But in the end all tracks are pure electronic in the Otarion style we love and you will love it too. “Decide” marks the end of an era for Otarion. After the trilogy of Genius, Monument and Constellations and the Red Thread Front, Rainer Klein turns over a new leaf by proposing a resolutely more rock album with 9 titles which evolve constantly within their time frames. Faithful to his vision of eternal romantic, the German musician manages to insert almost everywhere these small blocks of emotion, of poignant music, which play very well on the evolutions of big rock and dance music which alternate inside the 70 minutes of “Decide”.

A line of sequences waves with a shape of rhythm under the resonances of some grave chords. From this introduction tinted of nostalgia, the rhythmic structure of "Each Other" spreads its dominance with good effects of guitars and a line of flickering sequences which couple to percussions of which the rigid structures crashes in a brief passage of ambient vibes. Effects of voice (Talkbox) are embedded while a m eshing of percussions, felted ones as metallic ones, try to bring "Each Other" towards an E-Rock in the genre of Tangerine Dream from the Seattle years, except that the structure goes heavier and more lively. Of rhythm which melt in non-rhythm, of Techno which drains its energy in a more rock approach, this first title of “Decide” is just like the 8 others which metamorphose constantly inside their minutes and their seconds. Effects of intensities, heavy riffs, percussions in mode rock and agile sequences which swarm nervously, the vicarious structures of “Decide” hold us constantly on the alert. From a beautiful ballad pattern, "Considered" switches for a Techno phase soaked of organic tones before getting back the tranquility of its introduction. "Contemplate" proposes a rock rhythm supported by very good percussions and sequences which jostle themselves in jolts before ending its race in a more ethereal phase. I would have liked that the rock rocks longer. Small introduction of m ist and voices, "Varied" is a track which evolves with constancy. There are good effects of percussions, one would say a huge ant which chews a pancake of peat, there are very good percussions in fact and good electronic effects on this structure which reaches a Dance and Disco fusion. That does very Moonbooter with a hymn of trance always adorned by small fragments of romanticism.

More rock, with good effects of guitar, "Unpublished" crosses the same currents of uncertainty as "Each Other". Except that here, the music evolves between a wild rock and some brief moments of progressive rock. If we like the more progressive rock side of the music, "Seven Chapters" is the strong moment of “Decide”. Its introduction is made of nebulosity with a wave of organ which floats in vapors from a mysterious pond. A delicate approach of ballad gets out and reveals a thin line of tenderness with a nice fluty chant. And suddenly, everything begins to pound. Sequences and percussions start to stir up and the chords become less nuanced, more incisive. The riffs begin to bit the ambient moods, inviting a guitar to mold its solos on the harmonies of the keyboard. Nothing explodes and everything implodes whereas "Seven Chapters" digs inside its story in order to spread its many charms and effects of surprises in a structure all the same rather sober, considering its many charge of emotions. After a delicate intro with arpeggios which glitter into corridors of dark breezes and absent voices, "Behold" explodes in a good rock sculpted around good arrangements here. "Decisived" is completely outside the vibes of “Decide” with a very spasmodic structure which annoys in a context where everything is so in disorder. On the other hand, there are strong riffs which surprise the sense of hearing. "Alternate" ends with an approach closer to those ballads from the first part of the last Otarion trilogy begun with Genius. In fact, the title would have fit in this wonderful album of Otarion. The rhythm progresses in its cocoon of homogeneity, a rare fact in “Decide”, with a good complicity between the percussions and the many sequencing patterns, the strength of “Decide”, and under chords and tears of a guitar. We listen to and we want to put back in our CD player this too good Genius.

As for “Decide”! It's an album which will please without hesitations to the fans of Otarion. I liked it well, and I am a fan! For those who try to get into his universe, it's a different story because of the very ill-assorted structures of “Decide”. But in the long run we get used to it and we are making pretty nice discoveries, in particular in the 2nd part of this album which is pure dynamite. In fact, I believe that we can get into Rainer Klein's little world with this “Decide” except that it's clearly easier with Genius!

2017. Sylvain Lupari