Telefon Tel Aviv
Fahrenheit Fair Enough


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
December 22nd, 2009 | 12 replies | 9,602 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Telefon Tel Aviv at their creative high.

When Telefon Tel Aviv released Immolate Yourselfthis past January, one of the criticisms I levied against it was for the bouts of stagnation it would go through. This wasn't so much in a creative sense, as the duo had made stylistic changes with every release. Rather, certain parts of the record were somewhat dull and did not work quite as well as they should have. In comparison with Fahrenheit Fair Enough, it simply wasn't as inventive as the duo – Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper (R.I.P.) – was capable of producing.

Mind you, Immolate Yourselfwas preferable to its predecessors in certain ways; the heavy synth usage made for a warmer, more natural sound, and the flawless production helped create an enveloping atmosphere that was exceedingly enjoyable in its own right. Not only that, but it also featured "You Are the Worst Thing in the World", which is one of the best songs Telefon Tel Aviv has written to date. But I digress; Fahrenheit Fair Enough is still tops as far as I'm concerned.

Contrasting nicely with the heavy, synth-laden characteristics of Immolate Yourself, Fahrenheit Fair Enough is far more stripped down, particularly "Your Face Reminds Me of When I Was Old", which is as bare and empty sounding as the band would ever get. For the most part, however, minimalism this is not, but Telefon Tel Aviv's downtempo approach builds on a similar foundation. "Life Is All About Taking Things in and Putting Things Out" is the most evocative of these songs placing particular emphasis on sublime melodies and a calm, introspective mood present for much of the record. Without abandoning such vibes, the rest of Fahrenheit Fair Enough introduces far more complex song structures with the incorporation of breakbeats. "What's the Use of Feet If You Don't Have Legs" and "Introductory Nomenclature" best convey Telefon Tel Aviv's beat-oriented style, and yet neither is particularly similar; the former sounds almost robotic, while in the latter a melodic edge undercuts the impressive rhythmic work.

Following the release of Immolate Yourself this past winter the band has suggested that the record sounded more "real" than previous efforts. In many ways, they're right; the record feels, for lack of better term, more human than Fahrenheit Fair Enough. But Telefon Tel Aviv's debut record makes up for it in ways which Immolate Yourselfdoes not quite touch on, which ultimately makes for a more compelling listen. Although the hooks in Fahrenheit Fair Enough are perhaps not as strong as they could be, the record's creativity is certainly enough to warrant repeated listening. It isn't necessarily lacking in terms of "real-ness" either, as the title track blends the intricate aspects of the band's style with their lush, downtempo style in what is by far Telefon Tel Aviv's best song. But then, that last bit is true for Fahrenheit Fair Enough as a whole; quite simply, it's Telefon Tel Aviv at their best.



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PuddlesPuddles
December 22nd 2009



4676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh sh* a telefon review from staff!

Great album

Skyler
December 22nd 2009



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome album.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 22nd 2009



10193 Comments


ya i love this record

witchxrapist
December 24th 2009



10733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I generally don't listen to stuff like this, but this freaking rules.

Thuckabe
December 25th 2009



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great, great album. Double great.

72Alexander27
January 5th 2010



49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album, just most of the tracks weren't memorable. Again, that's not to say the weren't good, but that's what you get with chill. The last on the track list was my personal fave.

Spenner
February 14th 2010



7 Comments


Very good album. I love TTA =D

DeafMetal
February 18th 2011



8584 Comments


Need to look into this.

Dryden
February 18th 2011



12813 Comments


dark

mindleviticus
April 1st 2013



7937 Comments


One of my favorite albums. Rip Charles Cooper :'(

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2014



9468 Comments


This kills.

Digging: Koan Sound - Dynasty

Drummerboy123
February 23rd 2014



2164 Comments


Damn right it does. TTV is prob my fave.



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