Six Organs Of Admittance
School of the Flower


4.0
excellent

Review

by STOMP THE MUDS USER (5 Reviews)
June 26th, 2007 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


As I write this, my eyes feel as if they are falling out. Perhaps due to lack of sleep and endless hours of infomercials and television re-runs, my circuits are basically fried. For occasions like this, there are only a few things that I can do: stay up and listen to soothing music, drink caffeinated beverages, or go back to sleep. By now it's already late morning, so sleep is out of the question.

The solution here is Six Organs of Admittance's School of the Flower, a collection of songs that seems as if it were intended for this very purpose. A project of the always busy Ben Chasny (also of Comets on Fire.), Six Organs create some of the most intriguing and beautiful music today. Whereas Chasny's other main venture infuses elements of progressive rock, Six Organs take a more delicate approach to music, assembling fingerpicked acoustic passages with ambient drones, guitar feedback and other characteristics of 'experimental' music.

On their eighth album, Chasny and Co., which includes free jazz drummer Chris Corsano, show progress in songwriting capabilities and their penchant for creating amicable yet thought-provoking music becomes even more apparent. Heading off the album is "Eighth Cognition / All You've Left", a possible reference to the album's place in their discography or the eight songs (ideas) contained within, begins in a light flurry of drums and keyboard. As the percussion fades away, gentle acoustic guitar and Brian Chasny's understated, echoing voice enter the realm. We get our first glimpse of the moderately speedy finger picking on "Saint Cloud", which slows down into a piece full of slow chanting that gradually increases in volume throughout the rest of the song, accompanied by layers of noises.

In comparison to the rest of School of the Flower, the title track seems to be an unwanted demonstration of repetition and the possibility of putting the listener in a trance-like state. However, this is only apparent in Chasny's acoustic plucking; percussive work and other elements remain much more interesting as they wrap around the mundane passage. This twelve minute workout gives one the feeling that the rest of School of the Flower is merely a bunch of pop songs, though this is hard to deny with melodies so comely and deliberate. As I finish writing this, my eyes don't feel so much falling out, but as if they're content to remain somewhat detached. I actually decided on listening to some music, if you hadn't figured. "Lisboa" (named after the Portuguese city) seals any sort of reluctance that one may have to loving School of the Flower; with such a simple melody executed with such charm, how could a human being not enjoy this? This is an album that will leave your eyes falling out, but for all the right reasons.


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Aficionado
June 26th 2007


1027 Comments


Nice review...

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
June 26th 2007


2806 Comments


Yeah I'm definitely checking this out.

ValiumMan
June 26th 2007


493 Comments


The Sun Awakens is better than this. Good review.

The Jungler
June 26th 2007


4827 Comments


This sounds cool.
Review is good.

Fort23
June 28th 2007


2479 Comments


Like this alot.( review and album)....

Doppelganger
September 17th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow this album rules hard

charlesfishtitz
September 17th 2008


784 Comments


mos definitely

jrowa001
September 17th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this album is great

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


16137 Comments


So damn good.

feav233
March 19th 2011


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been on a six organs binge since the Asleep on the Floodplain was released

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2011


16137 Comments


I still haven't listened to the new one. Need to get on it.

stabbler
November 15th 2011


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

title track is the bees knees

YankeeDudel
March 6th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pure amazement

Digging: Taj Mahal Travellers - August 1974

YankeeDudel
March 6th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Flawed did you ever get around to checking this out? Flawed?

sixdegrees
July 26th 2013


17542 Comments


we may never know



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