Lee Noble
No Becoming


3.0
good

Review

by YetAnotherBrick USER (28 Reviews)
November 27th, 2011 | 24 replies | 4,268 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Swells and swells.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Lee Noble’s No Becoming is a rather concise collection of dense, swelling ambient tracks. Sometimes all of the songs’ swirling hints at something bigger and better to come, with slight increases in volume, or occasional sonic changes, but most of the time, the songs just keep on swirling ‘round and ‘round.

The album’s opener, “Cop Show,” is mostly made up of eerie synth patterns and a distant drumbeat, but certain patterns do come and go, giving the song some dynamics. Yes, it is an ambient album, so I know that dynamics aren’t exactly that valid of a thing to complain about, but if a song begins rather timidly, or with a passage that isn’t exactly sonically pleasing, what’s the harm in a song just swelling its way to something a bit more entertaining? Coincidentally, No Becoming answers this very question with “there’s no harm in that,” also known as “Paradise Life.” This song very smoothly layers already smooth-sounding sounds, and with occasional slight increases in volume, makes a truly entertaining piece of ambient music.

The next track, though, “Fantasy Hair,” is definitely the low point of the album’s density, and probably the low point of the whole album, too. It blends together clanging cymbals, a noisy guitar pattern, and very abrasive vocal samples with an unnerving lack of grace. More clutter is added to it by other strange background noises, an aspect of the album that affects other songs in a good way, examples being the police sirens in “Laced,” or the 8-bit-video-game-esque lazer noises in “Born Mistake.”

It seems like only a few songs on No Becoming truly know what they’re setting out to do and succeed though, the most notable ones being “Paradise Life” and “Emotive Cloak.” They’re the songs that swirl ‘round and ‘round in a place that actually sounds good; “Paradise Life” with its windy synths and guitar feedback, and “Emotive Cloak” with its pretty, and as the title suggests, emotive synth rhythms and a certain shaken percussion instrument in the background. Other songs on the album just seem to swirl around in a world of ‘meh,’ making little to no effort to become something better than they are. Which is sad, because as some of No Becoming implies, it’s very, very possible that they could.



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YetAnotherBrick
November 27th 2011



4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So yeah, this is pretty good. You may it like more than me, ambient fan or not. I'd recommend giving it a listen. :P

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2011



4507 Comments


Sounds cool, been wanting to give this a listen. Pos'd

deathofasalesman
November 27th 2011



5824 Comments


that is some cool album art

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2011



44205 Comments


Cool review, you make it sound so sexy.

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seedofnothing
November 28th 2011



3425 Comments


sounds good but not higher than a 3.5, prolly more like a 3, which is still good

rasputin
November 28th 2011



14540 Comments


love this, it's an easy 4/5 for me

Imploder
November 28th 2011



187 Comments


good review, your voice comes through really well.

Eskate87
November 28th 2011



959 Comments


one of my favorites of 2011

North0House2
November 28th 2011



5851 Comments


Oh wow, I can't believe I had no idea this was released this year. I guess I feel like I've been enjoying it for longer than a year...

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YetAnotherBrick
November 28th 2011



4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'd like to hear what you guys think makes this so good.

rasputin
November 29th 2011



14540 Comments


pulls off a really great atmosphere while retaining a lo-fi aesthetic. the songs themselves are quite interesting, and being a drone record any number of personal attachments could be valid. the psychadelic element is pretty tasty too.

struth
November 29th 2011



435 Comments


pussy rating eat my dick

struth
November 29th 2011



435 Comments


not gonna read this review, neg.

YetAnotherBrick
November 29th 2011



4435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lolwut ^

DeafMetal
December 9th 2011



8588 Comments


top 2011 record

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seedofnothing
December 9th 2011



3425 Comments


I need to actually listen to this again

DeafMetal
December 9th 2011



8588 Comments


our star, the sun is better than this though

lobby
December 17th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit, this was reviewed. better than a 3 though

DeafMetal
December 18th 2011



8588 Comments


thanks dude never met anyone who even knew who she was

Paracletus96
March 28th 2012



306 Comments


Where can I find this?



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