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Dan Wentz Red Faction Soundtrack
Fantastic electronic rock/ambient soundtrack. I've got a lot of nostalgia attached to this one. "Imperious Consecution" and "Calm / Storm" are especially good. Fans of Kelly Bailey's Half-Life soundtrack, and Chris Jensen's soundtracks for Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift, will dig this. 4.8
Karlheinz Stockhausen Hymnen
Stockhausen began collecting recordings of the national anthems in 1964, and in 1969 released Hymnen (German for anthems). Hymnen consists of four pieces (or 'regions') in which Stockhausen manipulates the anthems electronically. They are sped up, slowed down, rearranged, remodulated; essentially, morphed beyond recognition. Stockhausen wrote Hymnen to "accentuate the subjectivity of peoples in a time when uniformity is all too often mistaken for universality" and also to enlighten the public as to the, in the 1960's, new world of electronic music. Listeners' familiarity with the anthems provides them easy access in
Ikue Mori Hex Kitchen
Ikue Mori creates some intriguing avantgarde music by utilizing samples and drum loops and creating fragmentary beats and melodies that vary from relaxed to chaotic. Most impressively is the way she harnesses this technique to create listenable songs. Indeed, Hex Kitchen is actually relatively accessible. Vocals appear periodically through the record, their simplicity juxtaposing nicely with the instrumentals. John Zorn was the executive producer of this record, and also played clarinet on it. 4.4
Arnold Schwarzenegger Total Body Workout
With Total Body Workout, Arnold turns you into a Running Man-- a Predator capable of enduring the Red Heat of Pumping Iron. Total Body Workout takes an Eraser to your Expendable fat without causing Collateral Damage to your muscle mass. By the 6th Day, you'll be so proud of your progress that you'll start perpetually going Commando and looking for any excuse to drop your pants. Total Body Workout is no Raw Deal. Take out your change and Jingle All the Way to your nearest record store. You won't regret it.
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun was not a grower album-- it hit me immediately. During the course of the first track I could tell this record was something special. On an atmospheric level, it is one of the most effective albums I have ever heard. Imagine dark, cavernous, coiling cathedrals, and massive spires rising into a black sky. Both vocalists, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, are phenomenal. The record flows flawlessly, and it is exactly the right length. The production is fantastic. Even the cover art is perfect. All in all, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is one of the best albums ever recorded.
Ulver The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
You can't fault Ulver for lack of ambition. This, their fourth album, was their first foray into electronic music, a world which the band, to this day, hasn't fully exited from. Really though, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is genreless. Across its 101-minute runtime it dabbles in metal, folk, spoken word, industrial, ambient, and more, combining and deconstructing these genres at the drop of a hat. Lyrically and conceptually, the record is the entirety of William's Blake's infamous literary work (also called The Marriage of Heaven and Hell) set to music. Having never read it, I cannot comment on the validity of the musical interpr
Steve Beresford Signals for Tea
Vocal jazz featuring Steve Beresford on piano and vocals backed by Masada (with Kenny Wollesen subbing in for Joey Baron on drums). Beresford sings the quirky lyrics ("Let's Get Cynical," "Elephants") in a conversationalist tone that pairs well with the mostly relaxed instrumental work. The record is a little drawn out overall, but it's never bad, and the performances are strong. 3.5

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  • SnakeDelilah matt berninger
    April 30 09:31 PM
  • SnakeDelilah valve
    April 30 07:12 PM
  • deathschool Nice ATF soundoff. Very samey sounding album. Definitely overrated to me.
    March 23 09:26 PM
  • Angelboros Boy, do you write some very thoughtful soundoffs. The John Zorn (his saxophone abilities are mesmerizing) ones in particular really stand out, IMO
    February 3 04:07 AM
  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM

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