Drone compilations are such a thing. They?re usually at least 70 minutes long. You have a lot of different artists that all sound fairly similar and after 20 minutes I usually already have heard enough. Even though there are exceptions of course, the Dead Sea Liner compilation is a good example of why drone compilations can be such a dull affair.
There are a lot of Tony Conrad influences on the CD-R, there?s a lot of noisy buzzing, a lot of aimless improvisation and of course also some good moments. For example, there are atmospheric tracks by King Razor and r.s.r. Also, the packaging is top class and really beautiful. But for the most part, the music on ?The Dead Sea Liner Sports Day? is simply too boring to grasp me. Despite counting as an ?experimental? genre, drone music often seems too simple. It?s definitely easier to drone around for 20 minutes than to make a good 3 minute pop song. Even though I highly support DIY labels like Dead Sea Liner and others who give unknown musicians the chance to put out their tracks and dedicate a lot of their time in making compilations like ?Sports Day?, designing the covers, printing labels, burning CD-Rs, etc., please don?t expect me to always like the music contained on such compilations. Yet, for fans of drone music, there will probably be some new names to discover on ?Sports Day?. 4/10 -- Stephan Bauer (16 January, 2007)