John Frusciante
Inside of Emptiness


4.0
excellent

Review

by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
March 17th, 2007 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bare boned approach that works very well with such a talented songwriter. Faults, yes, but kept to a minimum. Worth a buy.

Hello, Sputnik community.

Forgive me for abdicating my responsibilities as a member of the staff for the past six months or so, as I’ve been busy with other things, including my school work. As a disclaimer for my brief return as a reviewer, and contributor, I would like to apologize in advance for how terrifyingly crappy this review may be. If not, great, if so, I apologize for my lack of writing anything on an critical degree. So…

I have listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as anything their members have released, since I was the immature age of five years. Albeit my love for the band, I had never taken a liking to John Frusciante’s role in the band, or any of his solo work, until I was fifteen. Yikes. My first impression of his solo work was that his songs and writing technique were lackluster and monotonous. If I recall correctly, that was my impression of To Record Only Water For Ten Days. To quicken the pace, two years later I sit and hold Frusciante to be one of my most beloved musicians and songwriters of all time. Next to Bob Dylan, of course. I’d *** the man.

When I heard about his venture into releasing seven albums in sixth months, I almost came myself. The next morning, sitting in Geometry, listening to my extremist conservative teacher lecture me on the justifications of the Iraqi war, and how it pertains to geometric philosophy. The only thing on my mind, besides thinking how cool this guy is, for being so god damn bold as to actually telling kids to go *** themselves, was the album I am currently reviewing (sort of, anyways, up until this point).

To begin my review, following nearly three paragraphs of bull***, I state this- Inside of Emptiness is John Frusciante’s magnum opus of solo work. Clocking in at a mere thirty nine minutes and twenty seconds, the ten songs which encompass Inside of Emptiness are by far some of the most fascinating songs to listen to. It is not because there is any intricate production or long guitar solos or any of that post-modern commercialized good stuff, but simple due to the fact that John Frusciante knows how to write a ***ing song. And write it well, may I add. Frusciante bears a very unique voice somewhere in the tone spectrum that is borderline between alto and tenor. It sounds fragile, but booming. His lyrical hooks are to die for (literally, because some are pretty depressing), and his guitar work, although minimalist and experimental, are extravagant in richness and sound. He solos, enough, anyways, but never too little or too much. Ideal for what he plays. The different emotions expressed through Frusciante’s ten track album are a juxtaposition of moods just about as random as your sister’s pre-menstrual syndrome. While some of lyrics wallow in self pity over failed relationships, while some turn to anger, and others into love, and even resentment over being arrested during a drug deal. Sounds like my type of man. His voice carries the melodies in every track, with a bit of variation here and there. While some songs obtain a tender, sentimental cracking in his voice, others have an Ian Mackaye sort of feel to it, albeit a melancholy album to begin with. Here and there are touches of acoustic strumming, and even audible bass work, but the focus never wanders too far from everybody’s favorite Jesus look-alike. Except for the actor that played Scanlon in the film adaptation of Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

In conclusion to my elongated, mundane one paragraph review is the section where I say that the album is the ***, and you all say “orly? I think I should get it”. Get it. By any means. Por que? Because it is awesome, and that is all the rationale in the world. If my overused, crappy sarcasm cannot prompt you to at least listen to the album, talk to other people who actually have some degree of intellect.

Was my review ***ty? Let me know. I appreciate all feedback and criticisms. Thank you for reading up until this point, because I know it was difficult.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
March 17th 2007


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:D:D:D:D

Good review though it's obvious you need to just shape up your writing style because of your absence. You might also want to cut down on the swearing.This Message Edited On 03.17.07

trustxdialect
March 17th 2007


1502 Comments


What Neo said. But you're still better than a wide margin of reviewers on the site, so it's always nice to have a staff member back.

DesolationRow
March 17th 2007


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably. I haven't written anything that does not relate to classic literature in over six months.

Intransit
March 17th 2007


2797 Comments


You pulled a Steve Correll, now your wife and kids are gone since you were missing in Iraq.

Good work, although its decidedly more abrasive and sort of informal compared to your other works. Welcome back.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 17th 2007


7926 Comments


I'm all for abrasive. Just shake off the dust, bro!

DesolationRow
March 17th 2007


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, Cocaine. And I lied about my writing, I had FCAT's back in February. I wrote an expository essay.



Intransit
March 17th 2007


2797 Comments


omfg where in Florida do you live???

Tyler
Emeritus
March 17th 2007


7926 Comments


Gah I want to go write a review now.

DesolationRow
March 17th 2007


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Canyoneer, im in south florida


Intransit
March 17th 2007


2797 Comments


What city? Lulu and I live in West Palm Beach-ish

DesolationRow
March 17th 2007


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm in Lauderdale.

pulseczar
March 17th 2007


2385 Comments


The Ox is back!

Zebra
Moderator
March 17th 2007


2647 Comments


What a surprise, great work on the review.

fisky009
March 18th 2007


813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally someone reviewed this!

Great album, best JF solo stuff IMO

DonBass
March 19th 2007


21 Comments


yo could anyone upload this in A&I?

DesolationRow
March 20th 2007


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, Zebra. Good to see a familiar face, next to Derek and Tom, and Cocaine, although I don't know your name. =(

samthebassman
March 24th 2007


2164 Comments


This sounds cool as all his stuff does.

Glomp
October 4th 2009


81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool album. The guitar solo in "Look On" is really well done. I'm such a fanboy.

EVedder27
October 8th 2009


6088 Comments


A Firm Kick is great. Probably my favorite right now. JF kicks ass!

CelestialDust
February 9th 2010


3155 Comments


I'm in 3 tracks and i like



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