Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997
by Darren Bergstein, Muze
This retrospective of Roach's tenure with the Celestial Harmonies label is as fine a cross-section of his many diverse journeys as can be hoped to find. Containing outtakes from the defining moments of DREAMTIME RETURN, QUIET MUSIC, EMPETUS, NOW / TRAVELER, and STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE, Roach synchronized the various pieces in studio, re-sequencing them to maintain a consistent flow that not only tracks his myriad wanderings but establishes a semblance of moods that move effortlessly from one to the other. It's all here: from engulfing, poignant ambient scores ("Something in Tears"), to the steep inclines of continuing rituals ("Steel and Bone", "Flatlands") and sizzling exercises in sequencer art ("Comeback", "Seeking"). Those unsure of where to take the first plunge into Roach's huge back catalog couldn't obtain a more telling launch point.