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Friction Replicant Walk
Japanese no wave with John Zorn showing up on sax for a few tracks. Replicant Walk is not always compelling, but the big production and vocal performance are fun. There are some good grooves, too ("Burn Don"). For no wave, it's pretty commercial-- sort of a grittier Ambitious Lovers. Overall, Replicant Walk is an enjoyable effort. 3.4
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Dark ethereal soundscapes with lots of effects. Variety-- "Demons" is essentially a rock song, where "The Wasteland" is haunting electronic ambience and "Moses" is a heartwrenching ballad. The length is just right for the material. Excellent. 4.3
Finch (US) What It Is to Burn
It's simple and poppy and has aged badly. Nowhere near the level of Say Hello to Sunshine. Confusing and upsetting that people actually prefer this to that album. This is essentially power pop with screaming. Granted, some of the cuts are enjoyable (the title track, "Untitled," "Project Mayhem") but the majority is pretty bad. 2.5
David Garland Control Songs
In the liner notes, Garland calls these 'control songs' "songs about our need, avoidance, and manipulation of that sense of control which we all use to help us function." Musically, this is a varietous and unique listen featuring genres as diverse as noise, spoken word, avantgarde, and electronic. The lyrics are often brilliant ("Keep in Touch") and the production is interesting (the manipulated vocals on "I Am with You"). Overall, Control Songs is a fascinating listen that will grow on you with every listen. I've never heard anything quite like it before. 4.5
Frank London Scientist at Work
Released on the Tzadik label and featuring guest John Zorn and Jennifer Charles appearances, Scientist at Work is a fascinating, varied release. All of the compositions are rooted in klezmer, but explore territories within that framework as diverse as funky exotica ("Fela"), church music ("Shabbos Bride"), and avantgarde jazz ("Imanu Malkheteynu"). A consistently engaging and always unique record, Scientist at Work is fantastic. 4.5
Frank Sinatra Ultimate Sinatra
There are single-disc and quad-disc versions of this release. The single CD release features 26 songs, the four CD box set 100 (plus an 86-page booklet). I have the quad disc set, and it lives up to the 'Ultimate Sinatra' title. Most of Sinatra's best tracks ("My Way," "Ol' Man River," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Moonlight Serenade") are here, and there is also a previously unreleased rehearsal of the track "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." If you are new to Sinatra, there is no better place to start than this. You get 100 tracks that span the gamut of his career and display his legendary
General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
Mike Patton sent famed turntablists the X-Ecutioners a selection of records, they created beats out of them, and then he messed with them some more. The final product was this record. A hyperactive, sporadic hip-hop album with elements of noise, jazz, and a bunch of other genres. Imagine if Fantomas played hip-hop-- that's a pretty good descriptor of this. The only song that follows a traditional structure is "?Get Up, Punk! 0200 Hrs." The rest of the songs are short experimental multi-genre pieces (a la Fantomas), there are vocal samples galore, the record is themed around war and weapons somehow, and Patton does great work (as usual). The c

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  • johnnydeking29 HYPEEEEE
    July 12 08:26 PM
  • johnnydeking29 I need to check that too; you need Book M and Book of Horizons right now though. Both incredible albums.
    June 1 11:27 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Couldn't say; I'm planning on checking it soon and wondered if you dug it. I've heard the first one though, and that's a trip.
    May 27 05:09 PM
  • johnnydeking29 Hey buddy, have you heard Secret Chiefs 3's second album (Second Grand Constitution...)?
    May 27 03:27 PM
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