John Frusciante
Enclosure


2.0
poor

Review

by Dan H. CONTRIBUTOR (55 Reviews)
April 26th, 2014 | 111 replies


Release Date: 04/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unfulfilling conclusion.

By looking at his albums chronologically since The Empyrean, you can see that a release as arcane as Enclosure has been increasingly inevitable. Judging by the snippets of interviews and posts on his website it was both necessary and fitting for John Frusciante to bookend his journey into electronic music by crafting his most left field album to date, with Enclosure acting as “the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years.” EP Letur-Lefr was bright and bubbly, accurately capturing the feelings of joy one might associate with grasping the basics of a musical instrument for the first time, while full length successor PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone was a more obscure affair; balancing the winsome spirit of Letur-Lefr with the esoteric nature of acid and electronic music. Whilst Enclosure was undoubtedly the logical finale to Frusciante’s electronic adventure it isn’t a satisfying one, and the special ingredient which permeates all of his previous work is frustratingly absent here.

Now there is something to be admired in a man who refuses to play it safe, after all, just where do you go after releasing four albums in a year and following it up with a progressive rock masterpiece? John Frusciante chose to lay down his guitar and delve into the obscure, to become pupil rather than master once more and experiment with a whole new world of sounds previously unavailable to him. For the notion alone he should be lauded, but the execution of these ideas over the past 5 years has been surprisingly lacklustre, and by once again failing to control the delicate tug-of-war between guitar and keyboard, much of Enclosure falls short.

Regardless of the style of music he’s played Frusciante has always crafted moments of great beauty which stir, like the second half of “Central,” the smooth back and forth on “Omission,” the organic “Murderers” or the ethereal “In My Light.” Those emotional heights are never scaled here, and though he does come close to brilliance a couple of times – most notably on “Sleep” and album closer “Scratch,” Enclosure is a largely tepid affair. Scattered drumbeats which create uneasy atmospheres are paired with synth lines which perpetuate them, and this combination is used excessively throughout. Serving only to stem any flow the songs build, they curb almost any memorable moments in the process. Where choirs were used to great effect on both Letur-Lefr and PBX, they fail to evoke anything when utilized on “Fanfare” by hiding too low in the mix, whilst his usually strong instrumental tracks also come up short, as despite its layers “Cinch” feels utterly flat.

Enclosure is a bland, unfulfilling conclusion to an ambitious learning curve, and it’s an album which all too often reminds you of just how brilliant and efficacious Frusciante can be as a musician - but never because of its own greatness.



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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2014


1058 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Very rarely write negative reviews and its a shame one of them had to be on Frusciante, but this is really boring.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2014


15292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn I was supposed to review this as a favour for Rowan, I feel slack now.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2014


10385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

At least this is better than Outsides

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aircycle
April 26th 2014


1023 Comments


:/

FourthReich
May 5th 2014


18148 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i refuse to jam this and im the 2nd biggest froosh fan on this site

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


rip froosh

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


"Damn I was supposed to review this as a favour for Rowan, I feel slack now."
you fucker Jac

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tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


it's cool jac dan is a froosher from way back and a fucking good dude and writer

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


Fantastic review but Jac promised

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


dunno why people sayin this don't have much guitar it actually has heaps he just plays from the brain not the heart and it sounds like some soulless ass robert fripp shite

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


I don't remember a single second of this

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014


15292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Should listen but I wanna hear his best stuff first

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


this is the opposite of essential yea

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014


15292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jammin Curtains right now it's some pleasant stuff

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


Shadows Collide Jac yeah

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


if by pleasant you mean 5/5 classic then agreed

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


Curtains is a solid 4

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014


15292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Figured I'd go with the 33 minute album just to get a feel for the guy's sound it's pre sweet so far I like his voice

Rowan5215
May 5th 2014


28968 Comments


That's album's pretty different to anything else he's done solo but swee yeah his voice rules

tommygun
May 5th 2014


25434 Comments


anne and time tonight are 7/5



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