Infected Mushroom
Converting Vegetarians II


4.0
excellent

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (72 Reviews)
September 30th, 2015 | 26 replies


Release Date: 09/11/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This feeling that I feel, is unreal.

For the past decade and a half, Infected Mushroom have been bringing out album after album and dabbling in their bizarre, uncanny combination of psychedelic and trance music. The original Converting Vegetarians was divided into two discs; one was based around their already established psytrance style, while the second saw the band reaching towards their more experimental side. Despite a decade-long divide, Converting Vegetarians II serves as a follow-up album, and manages to succeed in some places where its predecessor didn’t. “Animatronica” showcases the band’s (mostly) softer side, with a subdued acoustic guitar in the background and a quirky but jovial synth melody blending in alongside a murky bassline. “Feelings” follows up on this, beginning with a mellow piano solo and slowly progressing into a vibrant, sonorous mix of bass and drums, all topped off by a melodious, simple chorus. The immersion factor works tremendously here, and there’s that ever-present surreal yet vivacious sentiment flowing through the band’s veins. “Fields of Grey” is a far more bombastic, verbose track, featuring a guest appearance from Sasha Grey and a much heavier bass presence, especially towards the latter half of the song.

Converting Vegetarians II thrives most in terms of balance. While the album as a whole stretches itself out over the course of over an hour and fifteen minutes, there’s no sense of monotony or lethargy throughout the entire sequence. There’s a real impression of cohesion here, with the band never losing their balance and keeping things diverse without becoming inconsistent. If there’s anything else that needs to be said about Converting Vegetarians II at this point, it’s that Infected Mushroom aren’t giving up their crown anytime soon, and that their reign over psytrance will continue to flourish in the years to come.



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ExplosiveOranges
September 30th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream:



https://soundcloud.com/infectedmushroom/sets/converting-vegetarians-ii



bit of a toughie here. thanks to my m8 arcadius for proofreading. as always, criticism is welcome.

IHateRadiohead
September 30th 2015


342 Comments


Wait, so this band isn't a shitty forced meme?

PlatonicMushroom
September 30th 2015


727 Comments


sweet review tbh.

ExplosiveOranges
September 30th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

were they supposed to be?

IHateRadiohead
September 30th 2015


342 Comments


Army of Mushrooms was pretty much /mu/core.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2015


6676 Comments


kinda expected some elaboration on the Grey guest spot.

ExplosiveOranges
September 30th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there wasn't much to me that stood out about her vocals tbh

adr
September 30th 2015


12000 Comments


lol this band still exists

LotusFlower
September 30th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Elaboration: it sucked



The thing I always liked about Infected Mushroom was that despite the fact they're a bunch of sellouts, they always managed to keep a sense of their original sound and style in pretty much all of their outings. This album is a surprise in itself too, didn't expect a sequel to Converting Vegetarians muchless how good it was.

ExplosiveOranges
September 30th 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Elaboration: it sucked"



lol, i wouldn't go as far as to say that, but pretty much all the vocals on that track are kinda eh.

LotusFlower
September 30th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh, its low on my list if I were to rank it. It's just incredibly dull compared to the rest of this album and Grey didn't exactly help matters either.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2015


23864 Comments


nice review EO. short, sweet, and to the point. really not sure if this would be my kinda thing though haha

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2015


11589 Comments


Great rev, flows nicely. Might check this out of curiosity.

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Cyberduck
October 3rd 2015


223 Comments


Don't get the hype tbh. It sounds like what they've always done in the last years, just with lighter and not terribly impressive beats. Same cheesy vocals, same vowel effects, same digital synth vibe. It might be similar to CV 1 in approach, but not nearly as explorative and ethereal. One of the few good things about it is the minimally solid songwriting, still quite impressive production and overall cohesion, the flow is pretty well.

ComeToDaddy
October 6th 2015


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm late to the party, but I've always had a soft spot for these guys and they'll be in my area soon. Keen to give it a spin and have some fun at their gig.



One note about the review, you mention that this is a follow-up to CV1 after talking about the differences between each disc on the original, but don't really mention how it's a followup. I don't know if I'm meant to expect the experimental stuff, the same old Infected Mushroom, or if it's an amalgamation of the 2 discs. Some specifics here would be great, but it's a sweet read otherwise

Rockjocky
October 7th 2015


7 Comments


Really good review. Thanks Oranges.

Cyberduck
October 10th 2015


223 Comments


Very annoying vocal effects, don't see much of the original aesthetic at all.



Rikkukun
December 3rd 2015


176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album flows so nicely, can't take half of the tracks out of my head.

Ocean of Noise
December 3rd 2015


10361 Comments


their bizarre, uncanny combination of psychedelic and trance music


these guys didn't exactly invent psytrance...

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AsleepInTheBack
March 31st 2016


5873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was my first experience of the genre. It is safe to say i'll be exploring it after hearing this.



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