Amon Tobin
Permutation


4.5
superb

Review

by Cigaret USER (2 Reviews)
April 16th, 2009 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I guess I just really love the way it sounds.

Well ladies and gentlemen as we all know Mr. Amon Tobin from Brazil makes the amazingly great and fascinatingly good drum n bass electronic music that is just as catchy as it is moving and haunting. Permutation is a paranoid, dark album, complete with samples from David Lynch films and jazzy breaks and samples. I would be lying if I said I knew much about Mr. Tobin except for the fact that he is a man who makes electronic music and he is in fact Brazilian. But, of course, I know that Permutation is one of my favorite albums and should be given a listen by anyone who is interested in any sort of music at all.

And of course the fascinating album begins with a track known as “Like Regular Chickens,” which as you all know is a reference to the Mr. David Lynch film called Eraserhead yes it is. It’s a schizophrenic track, ladies and gentlemen, and quite enjoyable as well, but not quite as enjoyable as the following track “Bridge.” You see, this is one of the better tracks on Permutation, and in fact one of the jazzier ones. It has the most infectious drum beat, yes it does, and it is difficult to listen to without nodding one’s head. “Switch,” which is remarkably well done, takes the jazzy feel of these early tracks even further.

Now Permutation is an album for the nighttime. Whenever I listen to it I feel like I should be driving very fast in a very expensive car in the middle of the night with a cigarette burning in the ashtray (though I don’t smoke of course) and my bright lights blazing in front of me of course. This feeling especially starts to kick in during track number three known as “Reanimator,” a track that kicks your ass right at the two minute mark and makes you want to shake your head back and forth. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Permutation is an incredibly atmospheric work that takes a bit of time to fully sink in, and is best experienced with closed eyes, I suppose.

Now despite the fact that it is quite strange in some ways, Permutation is a wholly accessible album. Whether you’re into the drum n bass or not, chances are you can find parts of Permutation that you love. The intricate beats and the perfectly placed samples are often hypnotic, adding to the somewhat mysterious and eerie atmosphere of the album as a whole. Everything is just as it should be here; none of the tracks go on too long and all are perfectly produced and tweaked to perfection, and though it has an established sound throughout, it never wears out its welcome by becoming samey or overdone. A good example of this is “People Like Frank,” which, though being quite strange even for this album, fits in perfectly with the other eleven tracks and simply feels like an extension of Mr. Tobin’s own style. I have great respect for the man for being able to do all of this seemingly effortlessly.

So I suppose it would be very wise of everyone who hasn’t experienced Permutation to experience it, as it is certainly worthwhile. It is also a good idea to first listen to some of Amon Tobin’s earlier records to fully appreciate Permutation.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
rotterdog
April 16th 2009


489 Comments


good review, yes it is of course.

Cigaret
April 16th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you very much.



And everyone should listen to this album.

Cigaret
April 16th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah I dig this the most.

Cigaret
April 16th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah Supermodified is great as well. I guess I'll always just like this better because I heard it first or something.

karina
April 16th 2009


165 Comments


So I heard you like Amon Tobin. And Dubstep.

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 16th 2009


3741 Comments


well this review

FistfulOfSteel
February 2nd 2010


895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wrong album art

Slipping Away
May 14th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha I was just looking at this, bout to get another one of his albums and already got foley room, is this a good one to go with next?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah i'd get it, personally I think its his best album

Slipping Away
May 14th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool I'll do this next, I'll probably just end up getting them all though so it doesn't really matter

Slipping Away
June 1st 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well fancy seeing you here silent, was about to comment in the supermodified thread but there isn't one...guess I'll have to get this next because that one and FR are just about my most played albums over these past couple days

Dryden
June 1st 2010


13551 Comments


is this viking metal

Slipping Away
June 1st 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is just about the best viking metal you can buy Dryden

aok
May 18th 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if i was ever trying to pull off some kind of heist, i'd definitely be playing 'bridge' on repeat

aok
May 25th 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oo something just clicked =)

Piglet
August 24th 2011


7833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sounds like a fucking great album.

clercqie
August 24th 2011


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ It is. Get it



Tobin's a beast

aok
August 24th 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tobin's such a beast

aok
August 31st 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[dorkiness]heard 'bridge' in the latest episode of weeds playing in the background. after a cursory glance through google, i've deduced i am the only one.[/dorkiness]

Manic_
August 31st 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol don't feel bad i noticed it too. during the police station scene i believe



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