Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John Frusciante


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2010 | 51 replies | 14,434 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes the most simplistic approach can produce the most legitimate sense of musical value.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

There's something incredibly spooky when it comes to minimalism in music. Of course, there are different types. Often minimalism has a theme. The theme is the basis of the entire piece of music. Every note and concept passed by can be explained by the theme and is there due to the theme. But there's another sort of minimalism; It's the sound of that which remains obscure in musical concept and definition. It is music which lacks a reason. It works less album-like when it comes to a record like Jane Doe, for example. The sound of Jane Doe is stressed with deliberation and it's theme lays in emotion characterized by the sound and music, as well as anonymity. Records such as Omar Rodriguez-Lopez lay in a completely opposite vein.

The sound of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John Frusciante riffing off each other and bouncing textures over simplistic, yet defined melodies is what lies in this new Omar-related musical endeavor. The record goes back to the concept of a two-man guitar jam. It's one of the most basic forms of musical bonding and the intertwining of individuals' styles and musical thoughts over a set progression or song. However the process of two men recording their completely different musical abilities over an album of set melodies and songs, transcends above what is originally seen as a stripped-down, simple jam. The sound of Omar and John both adding textures and helping move and shape the loose melodies that they original set can be compared to that of a post-rock record. It's the sound of two individuals taking songs and working and jamming to create something that is difficult to achieve and yet a simple sound: Beauty. Instead of the cohesive, tight progression of these tunes that is generally found in any band or project, it captures the personality of both musicians involved and how they both individually approach each melody. And what they contribute ultimately achieves the sound of most tightly-formed and practiced bands; Their approach to the jam involves everything from loosely-phrased melodies to emphasize the structure of the song to personalized, unique textures that transcend the song.

And yet it is the lack of basic direction that graces the record with a vibe of sincerity. On the minimalist, yet highly melodic track of 0, John and Omar take a restraint approach of adding melodic phrases to enhance the bitter-sweet chord progression. However a completely different approach is taken on 4:17 AM, featuring Omar diving into the depths of tonal and textural wah-laced abnormalities that loosely brush over the soft, yet majestic melody strummed out by Frusciante. On tracks like ZIM and 0=2 Omar and John delve into the more restraint and progressive melodies of post-rock, while LOE explores the looser sounds and psychedelic, wanderous musical exploring that are not unlike the textures crafted by various art-rock groups. And the fact that the jam-based, un-intellectualized approach of this album can create such a haunting atmosphere and create a vibe of musical complexity, is what is ultimately the most impressive aspect of this record. When two men approach the same song structure with different sounds and ideas, it can lead to magnificent heights. And this is proof.



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Enotron
May 2nd 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Getting this fixed. Hold up.

porch
May 2nd 2010



8453 Comments


a 4.5, really? Just sounds like fairly pleasant guitar noodling to me. A 3.5 at most

still a well written review though, i'll pos

Enotron
May 2nd 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know I completely overhyped it. But I like it all the same.

Meanwhile I'm trying to get this under the actual fucking album.

Brylawski
May 2nd 2010



709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

solid review

EverythingEvil2113
May 2nd 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm downloading this as I type but it's taking forever. Most of the time when I download an album it takes like 25 mintues tops and this says i got 3 and a half hours to wait. Dammit.

Gyromania
May 2nd 2010



15202 Comments


I really can't stand this guy. He is so pretentious.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2010



7971 Comments


Yeah I fucking hate him

Gyromania
May 2nd 2010



15202 Comments


7 albums in one year... wtf

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 2nd 2010



10585 Comments


7 albums in a third of a year, wtf

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

ninjuice
May 2nd 2010



6761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is a separate artist page for this a terrible idea?

Skimaskcheck
May 3rd 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah i'd say that's unnecessary really - all the download tags, and the download page itself cites it under Omar's name so it's probably not worth the hassle

Good album, good review! Although that Jane Doe comparison was a little odd haha

Enotron
May 3rd 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahaha, thanks. I don't really know why I used Jane Doe.

I still don't know how this came out under a different album. I put it under Omar's name and I got the right album name. I'm trying to clear it up with the mods.

Time
May 3rd 2010



81 Comments


i like this a lot more than i expected to given that it was completely unannounced. john's work definitely stands out here, but
omar has good stuff on it too. they're kind of opposites, john's far superior in his solo work while omar needs a band to keep his
bullshit at a minimum, so it's interesting to see them play off each other

ninjuice
May 3rd 2010



6761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is half the noodling you get between "actual" music on the first two TMV albums and half ambiance and/or effects. Bleh.

EVedder27
May 3rd 2010



6088 Comments


This reminds me of To Record Only Water for Ten Days a bit. Frusciante seems to have brought in a lot of his bizarre elements into this.

Enotron
May 3rd 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree. I actually adore the melodies on this record. I also enjoy the fact that I can pinpoint which guitar is Omar's and which one is John's 8]

willfellmarsy
May 12th 2010



3849 Comments


really like, tho i'm not too big a fan of omar's nonsense...i'm in love with ZIM

Enotron
May 12th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a great track. I love the ending melody and the bridge.

I really don't think that noodling is the only component to this record. Something about the melodies and their combining sounds building on each other is what keeps my rating so high. Definitely more down to earth in comparison to other omar solo records.

Brylawski
May 12th 2010



709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened to it a couple of times now, its alright

Enotron
May 12th 2010



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this record was released under John Frusciante and not Omar, it probably would've been received better(seeing as frusciante puts out a modest amount of records, and Omar releases a shitload of records).



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