Psyopus
Odd Senses


3.5
great

Review

by TheResidents619 USER (7 Reviews)
July 16th, 2009 | 16 replies | 3,593 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ultimately, "Odd Senses" is a great EP disguised as an uneven full-length album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Perhaps the only constant throughout PsyOpus' 7 year existence is the bands ability to shred the listener's face off. With each album the listener is guaranteed a new reason to spend countless hours learning how the hell these guys pull this stuff off. 2004's "Ideas Of Reference" was an impressive but uneven debut. Follow up "Our Puzzling Encounters Considered" was more of the same except for the 2 stunning instrumental tracks, "Imogen's Puzzle, Pt. 2" and "Siobhan's Song". This brings us to PsyOpus' 3rd full length, the aptly titled "Odd Senses". Although there is a lot of filler on this album, there are also some fairly decent songs hidden in between.

First off, lets get the filler out of the way. ".44", "Imogen's Puzzle, Pt. 3", "Choker Chain", and the completely unnecessary hidden track really prevent this album from being anything spectacular. "Imogen's Puzzle, Pt. 3" in particular was a huge letdown, considering how amazing parts 1 and (especially) 2 are. Also, when the hell are these guys going to learn that adding an extra 20 minute "hidden" track destroys the momentum of an album. All of their albums end with irritating and ambiguous "songs" that ruin any sort of replay value that their CDs might have.

Moving away from the negative, let's focus on the positive. "Medusa", "The Burning Halo", and "Duct Tape Smile" create the perfect trio of crushing avant-grind that fans of PsyOpus long for. "The Burning Halo", chosen as the albums single, is easily one of the best PsyOpus songs ever. The albums most interesting moments come at the end with the tracks "Ms. Shyflower" and "A Murder To Child". "Ms. Shyflower" finds the band slowing down the tempo to impressive results. Meanwhile, "A Murder To Child" is a 9 minute classical-jazz instrumental song that is equally impressive.

"Odd Senses", in typical PsyOpus fashion, is all over the place. However, the good does outweigh the bad making this album worthwhile. I would suggest downloading only the aforementioned good songs and avoiding all the filler to maximize this albums enjoyment. Until PsyOpus can learn to weed out the filler and stick with writing memorable songs, they will continue to make the same album over and over. They certainly don't have to rid their music of its technical complexities, but they just have to make these complexities approachable. (For a good example of this, check out Obscura's amazing "Cosmogenesis" album.) "Odd Senses" is really a great EP disguised as a full length album.

Suggested Tracklist:
1. Medusa
2. The Burning Halo
3. Duct Tape Smile
4. Ms. Shyflower
5. A Murder To Child

Songs such as "X and Y" and "Boogeyman" are definitely love-it-or-hate-it type tracks. If you enjoy technicality for the sake of technicality in your music, then definitely check out these songs. However if you like interesting songwriting, I would avoid them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PuddlesPuddles
July 16th 2009



4772 Comments


I thought this was pretty well-done

Nice review

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2009



17204 Comments


I hate this cd.

Phantom
July 16th 2009



8930 Comments


=O

A7XEric
July 16th 2009



305 Comments


A Murder to Child is pretty fap-worthy

zachfearsatan
July 16th 2009



19 Comments


arp is mind numbing. annoyed when i listen on cd, awestruck live.

gaslightanthem
July 16th 2009



5209 Comments


this band are really really bad

TrojanWhore
July 16th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No they aren't, you just have a different opinion to other people.

elephantREVOLUTION
July 16th 2009



2740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i enjoyed "our puzzling encounters considered" quite a bit, but this album never really did it for me. good review

PanasonicYouth
July 16th 2009



7411 Comments


i've heard these guys are great for gueetar wankage
is this truth?

A7XEric
July 17th 2009



305 Comments


i've heard these guys are great for gueetar wankage
is this truth?

True in the sense that in terms of sheer technicality these guys are utterly insane. But don't be mislead into thinking this is a shred album or anything. This is just a random assemblage of technical dissonant noise.

Pebster49
July 17th 2009



2991 Comments


Love they're sound, but eventually they are going to have to learn how to write songs a bit better.

gaslightanthem
July 17th 2009



5209 Comments


No they aren't, you just have a different opinion to other people.


no they are actually just a really shitty band


TrojanWhore
July 17th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gaslight - accept the fact that your opinion =/= everyone's and move the feck on dude, stop being an elitist prick.

gaslightanthem
July 17th 2009



5209 Comments


i accept my opinion =/= everyone else opinion but this band do suck regardless so

0m3ga0n3
March 2nd 2010



58 Comments


lol gaslightanthem is a retard.

I liked Burning Halo. This band gives new meaning to innovation. It's like chaos with order (I luled at my own cheesy comment)

wickhead
March 21st 2014



7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

" technicality for the sake of technicality"

Do you do any research before you write a review, you know, maybe listen to the album? Or, and hear me out, seek an interview of some sort to see what the artists intentions were?

I would buy this album for the bass tracks alone. Prominent, coherent in the midst of all the chaos.



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