The Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet
The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
April 19th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "...Enter into a trance, and let your mind coalesce with a spirit much more powerful than your own."

The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange, within it's content, is a regression to the familiar territories that Omar has taken us once before, but instead of desperately exploring any undiscovered methods within Psychedelic rock, we find Omar becoming much more acquainted with his Jazz influences. The album reflects an interest in mystical spirituality, displaying an enthusiasm for trancing musical elements and tribalistic percussion instruments- influences directly inspired by albums like Miles Davis' 1970, Bitches Brew.

The album opens with "Melting Chariots", a mild tempered Jazz composition. And though it does contain it's moments of elevation, it follows a more harmonious agenda than the subsequent compositions. "Melting Chariots" foreshadows the altering moods and musical directions of the album. "Sparked From The Insult List" is perhaps the essence of everything Omar was trying to accomplish with this recent effort. It presents itself as a Jazz song, but it's decorated with the flourishing sounds of ambient psychedelia. This is a common formula found in most of the album's compositions.

"Jacob Van Lennepkade II" is perhaps the highlight of this album. This is a performance embellishing with musical intensity, whether it's Omar's incendiary bombardment of grandiose guitar notes, or the excessive release of solos in the second half by saxophonist, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez. This is an orchestration flourishing with relentless energy. But the album does contain it's moments of alleviation, for example, " Fuerza de Liberacion". It's a truly anomalous piece, it has a more atmospheric touch containing psychedelic effects and subtle percussions. The track also reflects the spiritual aesthetic of the album, as the music revolves around a spoken verse by Omar that expresses itself with philosophical ambiguity.

The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange is certainly one of Omar's most interesting albums. Being the third installment in his "Amsterdam series", it was recorded during intense studio sessions that were approached as musical voyages, one were each musician pushed themselves to the limit. Individually improvising with their instruments and then fusing the end results into music. This album doesn't present any new platforms to introduce to the listener, but it does expand on past ventures and further displays Omar's growth as a musician and songwriter.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
foxxxyroxxx
April 19th 2012


496 Comments


ive never heard any of his solo stuff is all wanky and pretentious

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@silentpotato
I thought you liked psychedelic/prog music.

CarlosOrellana
April 19th 2012


11 Comments


From what i've seen he's a pretty nice guy. But, I could be wrong. Though I do enjoy his music.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Silentpotato
I really like his music, though i dont know him personally.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


3403 Comments


I haven't got to listen to this yet. I didn't know about the Amsterdam series thing, even though I downloaded the albums on my PC. Great review again! Pos.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@insomniac15
Thanks, mate. you should check it out if you have the time, its not bad.

@silentpotato
He's solo stuff is a little weird, and overly experimental at times. But I'm into that so, thats why i like it. and yeah i agree about Frances and De-loused, I love Volta.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@silentpotato
I hear you, mate. and yeah he's got more than a few bad albums, but he's got some solid stuff. Judging by your recent lists (which are brilliant, by the way) Id suggest you check out Xenophanes and Los SueƱos De Un Higado, very cohesive albums and I think you'd really like them.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@silentpotato
Oh yeah, its crazy. Like you said, some of his albums are pretty bad... but he's a got a lot of good ones. It's really hit or miss
depending on one's musical preference.

YoYoMancuso
April 19th 2012


11081 Comments


haven't listened to it yet but it sounds awesome. pos

chesse13
April 19th 2012


3181 Comments


5 fingers to this guy

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conesmoke
April 20th 2012


5217 Comments


gooby pls.

Cdot2
April 24th 2012


8 Comments


I love this album.
pos



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