Mike Patton
A Perfect Place


4.0
excellent

Review

by Boognish USER (2 Reviews)
November 20th, 2008 | 12 replies | 4,938 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Promising first foray into movie soundtracks for Mike Patton

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Mike Patton is a very, very busy guy. After Faith No More ground to a halt in 1998 he could’ve soaked in nostalgic glory, but instead continued to work with the avante garde (and brilliant) Mr. Bungle before fronting numerous musical projects such as Tomahawk, Fantomas and Peeping Tom throughout the 2000’s.

His fearless embrace of various musical genres has been a constant theme throughout his career, and given the cinematic quality of many of the albums he has been worked on, many fans wondered why it took him so long to make the leap into movie soundtracks.

Derek Scocchera’s 25 minute film noir short ‘A Perfect Place’ offered Patton the opportunity to finally test his mettle against his personal heroes Ennio Morricone and Angelo Badalamenti, and he responded by delivering a soundtrack that is ten minutes longer than the film itself!

Constructed around a recurring melodic motif, ‘A Perfect Place’ is primarily big band/ jazz in its overall sound, but as one would expect from a Mike Patton album he seamlessly blends a number of disparate styles together. Anybody who is familiar with Patton’s recent work but hasn’t heard this particular album may be expecting an unsettling, free form album of muffled screams and assorted weirdness, but the music here is actually about as accessible as Patton gets.

Brooding noir atmospherics, straight ahead pop, opera... Patton tosses them all in the blender and the results are pleasing to the ear. Some tracks definitely stand out above the rest, however. Most notably, the title track is a wonderfully ominous soundscape of whistling and creepy synths that brings to mind Angelo Badalamenti’s work on David Lynch films.

Elsewhere, Patton throws in a token pop song ‘A Perfect Twist’ (with sadistic lyrics to offset his sweet singing) and even flexes his operatic vocals on ‘Il Cupo Dolore’. ‘A Little Poker Tomorrow Night’ is a fantastic summarisation of the albums strengths. A foreboding piano driven intro soon gives way to Patton’s disturbingly feminine-sounding vocals and a chorus that is probably the most resounding and memorable on the entire album.

This album is not without its flaws. As the soundtrack draws to a close, the incessant variations of the melodic hook that propels the album begin to grow repetitive, and ‘Main Title (Reprise)’ and ‘Another Perfect Place’ are little more than filler. The two tracks that mimic the sound of somebody flicking through various radio stations are frustrating in that they are just random, two second snippets that tease the listener but never reward.

Did this soundtrack really need to be ten minutes longer than the movie? Probably not. But there should be more than enough here to tell the listener that Patton has a natural flair for this kind of thing, and hopefully this album will lead to more soundtrack work for him in the future.


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BallsToTheWall
November 20th 2008



44164 Comments


Lol, a Mike Patton review with no comments? Everybody must be faggosts, it's the only explanation. Nice first man. I want to find this.

Boognish
November 21st 2008



1003 Comments


Thanks for the feedback. Not too many people seem to know about this album.

bastard
November 23rd 2008



3435 Comments


pretty good first, but try to explain things more and use larger paragraphs. otherwise awesome job.

TheyTookOurJobs
December 4th 2008



1318 Comments


i dont really like you boognish, but great first reveiw..... it will be way better than mine.
faith no more rules

Soflex
December 14th 2008



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Review. I enjoy this album, I think A Perfect Twist is a really catchy song. I can't stop playing it over and over again.This Message Edited On 12.14.08

Prophet178
January 14th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lalala lala lala lalalalala.

cirq
January 14th 2010



9263 Comments


i just got this.. after 2 songs, all i can think of is quentin tarentino.

Prophet178
January 14th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sooo good.

Douchebag
January 14th 2010



3624 Comments


"i just got this.. after 2 songs, all i can think of is quentin tarentino."

wow, I might have to listen to this.

BrandNewBoognish
January 23rd 2010



1021 Comments


lol at all the negs

Boognish3
April 5th 2010



264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amazing review BrandNewBoognish

KILL
April 17th 2010



70621 Comments


agreed

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