The Flashbulb   Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
4.1
excellent
Ranking: #45 for 2008

 Full ReviewRatings (360) Give your Rating

4.5 superbElectric City EMERITUS | May 18th 08

For me, the first word that comes to mind when listening to The Flashbulb's Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is Immense. Thirty some odd tracks of music ranging from hard rock, abrasive electronica, ambient soundscapes, drum solos, gorgeous piano ballads, spanish guitar suites, and whatever else The Flashbulb (aka Benn Jordan) decides to incorporate, Vacant Life commands attention, respect, and above all, admiration. As a bipolar individual, Jordan's album varies in emotions from dark to euphoric to frantic, all the while maintaining a feeling of fluidity. It helps that Jordan's musicianship is ace in all forays from percussion to guitar to electronics, as his expertise is apparent in tracks like "Steel for Pappa", "That Missing Week", and pretty much any other track off the record. Also, the amount of intricacies on this album is mind boggling. Jordan uses samples throughout Soundtrack to provide the key atmospheric element to several points in the record, the most obvious being the death-pondering theory in "Kirlian Voyager". From start to finish, Jordan delivers a record that needs to be heard, and since he pretty much asks you to pirate it (he torrented it himself), what's stopping you from picking it up? Soundtrack to a Vacant Life is an essential release for anyone who likes music.

6 Bumps | Bump

0.0 rasputin | May 12th 09

Artificial, lifeless, synthetic, and painfully dull.

1 Bumps | Bump

3.5 greatMartianKyo | May 22nd 08

Great album, got it solely based on a user opinion here on sputnik.
Should get a prize for most aptly named album.

The short songs, don't really distract from the album's focus. The varied themes from piano pieces to isis like instrumentals (Kirlian voyager) and squarepusher like beats (that missing week), all fit well. An emotional album really takes you for a ride.



1 Bumps | Bump

5.0 classicRisodo | April 29th 18

What can i say of a work as dense and at the same time as simple as "Soundtrack to a Vacant Life"? Flashbulb is a very skilled artist, and i really refrain myself from any definition to establish this album in my life. I always use these songs for moments of reflection, study and reading within my ideological field, and i will always be very grateful for the existence of this album.

Bump

5.0 classicdingophone | January 22nd 13

Incredibly expressive, emotional, and gripping. Many of my favorite songs from The Flashbulb come from this album including Kirlian Voyager, Swollen Trees, I Believed In God, The First Rain And You, When the Sky Ends, and Suspended in a Sunbeam. Fantastic work, second to only Kirlian Selections in my book!

Bump

0.0 Eliminator | June 22nd 10

it could always be better, but it is still not as gay as relapse. or recovery.

Bump

3.5 greatRevengeSoldier | June 10th 09

The way I look at this album is; so many tracks, so many textures, so much imagination.
Basically, I feel that The Flushbulb has put together a very varied and distinctive album, with tracks leaping from genre to genre everytime it reaches the next one.
For those who aren't aware, Ben Jordan has bipolar disorder and it almost certainly channels his music into something so varied, yet so beautiful.

Bump

3.5 greatgozeneboshi | November 22nd 21
3.3 greatgiving 4 reviews to albums only 3 people in the world have heard STAFF | July 30th 21
4.0 excellentJack Mancuso CONTRIBUTOR | April 18th 21
5.0 classicShartHarder | March 21st 21
3.5 greatIlNotta | November 9th 20
4.5 superbLassusFaultier | October 20th 20
4.5 superbdeathofasalesman | July 14th 20
4.0 excellentEarlgrey79 | April 10th 20
3.5 greatHarlequinRolodex | March 29th 20
3.5 greatPunchforPunch | June 28th 19
3.5 greatGreem | January 25th 19
3.5 greatoccasionally rates above 3.5 | November 21st 18
4.5 superbXXMurdaBeatzXX | November 5th 18
5.0 classicashen386 | September 29th 18
4.5 superbdanielito19 | June 26th 18
5.0 classicsightoftheshore | June 14th 18
4.5 superbClaystation | June 11th 18
5.0 classicneoconprick | February 13th 18
4.0 excellentfluffyclouds | December 9th 17
3.0 goodNrap | September 4th 17
5.0 classickevbogz | September 3rd 17
4.0 excellentYour Favorite Lurker | April 28th 17
4.0 excellentEphemeralEternity | April 9th 17
3.5 greatp4p | March 12th 17
3.5 greatWolfe | January 7th 17
3.5 greatelemunt | September 28th 16
4.0 excellentelch21 | April 4th 16
5.0 classicmrblondface | March 11th 16
4.5 superbPochi948 | March 4th 16
4.5 superbHurtBoa | February 11th 16
4.0 excellentPowderedHammer | February 4th 16
3.5 greathesperus | January 16th 16
5.0 classicfedericogambato | December 15th 15
5.0 classicuser user | November 13th 15
3.0 goodValkyrion | October 5th 15
3.5 greatPavera | September 30th 15
2.5 averagetmthycnnlly | August 20th 15
4.5 superbFroot | July 26th 15
4.0 excellentcrankstrap | May 13th 15
2.5 averagejearoslawve | April 5th 15
4.5 superbGyromania | February 3rd 15
4.5 superbTitanEurope | January 28th 15
4.0 excellentbenmarka | October 23rd 14
5.0 classicStarchild9 | October 13th 14
4.5 superbbokeh | September 23rd 14
4.5 superbKoopahKnight | September 4th 14
4.5 superblukebeauch | July 27th 14
4.5 superbmryrtmrnfoxxxy | June 8th 14
5.0 classicGedacht | May 28th 14
4.0 excellentdjunior | May 5th 14
4.0 excellentdelarivasweep | April 14th 14
3.0 goodwanderlust | April 13th 14
3.0 goodthis is the best album that i\\\\\\\'ve (n)ever heard in my entire life. | April 12th 14
4.0 excellentWiosna | March 29th 14
3.5 greatReductant | February 26th 14
4.5 superbKralle | February 17th 14
4.5 superbmortifierftw | January 22nd 14
5.0 classicinsanedrexl1 | November 30th 13
4.0 excellentExothermicTitan | November 13th 13
3.5 greatchitownflip | October 21st 13
4.5 superbkurukuru | October 19th 13
3.5 greatChrisjon89 | September 24th 13
5.0 classicDoncaMatic | September 16th 13
3.5 greatbreadstick | September 13th 13
4.5 superbComeToDaddy | August 8th 13
4.0 excellentJoeTheStrange | August 1st 13
4.5 superbJeremyVee | July 23rd 13
4.0 excellentVinVal | May 28th 13
2.5 averageDotcommy | May 14th 13
4.5 superbtragic.details | March 29th 13
4.0 excellentEaglesBecomeVultures | March 29th 13
4.0 excellentInterlude | March 19th 13
4.0 excellentdarthbarf801 | March 16th 13
4.5 superbLandpaddle | January 30th 13
5.0 classicTheCatsAss | January 14th 13
4.5 superbcompromisedreality | December 24th 12
5.0 classicLowStandards | December 5th 12
3.5 greatILJ | November 15th 12
3.0 goodAspenshadow | November 5th 12
4.5 superbJennifer22 | November 5th 12
4.5 superbceddy78 | October 26th 12
3.0 goodYou Are My Everlovin' | October 21st 12
4.0 excellentzimbronec | October 16th 12
3.5 greatkabster | October 6th 12
3.5 greatKennyTarpon | September 20th 12
4.5 superbymr | September 6th 12
4.0 excellentDeath2Squishies | August 26th 12
5.0 classiclelementhenene | July 23rd 12
3.5 greatTheCrocodile | July 21st 12
4.5 superbOneOverCosine | July 20th 12
4.0 excellentDonFarofa | July 17th 12
4.5 superbCorporateRape | July 9th 12
3.5 greatWolfe | June 13th 12
4.5 superbCrimsonKangaroo | May 31st 12
4.5 superbKlekticist | May 28th 12
4.0 excellentjorsh | May 7th 12
4.0 excellentRail | May 3rd 12
5.0 classicgervin | April 12th 12
4.5 superbSymmetry7 | April 5th 12
3.5 greatWhiteOwl | March 24th 12
3.5 greatGapwick | March 19th 12
3.5 greatTorii | March 11th 12
4.5 superbYahtzee37 | March 6th 12
4.5 superbDummit | February 21st 12
4.5 superbcyalily | February 21st 12
4.0 excellentAnthracks | February 18th 12
4.5 superbSabertoothMonocle | February 12th 12
4.5 superbsteventon | February 9th 12
3.5 greatMcP3000 | February 7th 12
3.5 greatCrisStyles | January 18th 12
5.0 classicfsharptrit0ne | January 15th 12
4.0 excellentgeorgerififi13 | January 9th 12
3.5 greatJekub | January 4th 12
4.0 excellentiSkane | December 30th 11
4.5 superbWoodhouse | December 24th 11
4.0 excellentPentagon | December 16th 11
5.0 classicBrainfeeder | December 14th 11
4.0 excellentSleaper | December 4th 11
3.5 greatilikeforests | December 4th 11
4.0 excellentRev | November 7th 11
4.0 excellentCowsCanFly | October 28th 11
5.0 classiclayersmeng | October 23rd 11
3.5 greatSpherallic | October 14th 11
4.5 superbTanMan | October 14th 11
4.5 superbemptyblackbox | October 3rd 11
4.0 excellentKatzenjammer | September 30th 11
5.0 classicjerk001 | September 28th 11
4.5 superbStrangerofSorts EMERITUS | September 27th 11
3.0 goodbab808 | September 10th 11
4.5 superbRainbowDash | September 8th 11
4.0 excellentsin69 | September 6th 11
4.0 excellentvakuola | September 5th 11
3.0 goodmgnplz | July 31st 11
4.5 superbtelebyrd | July 29th 11
3.5 greatBanderwocky | July 13th 11
4.5 superbDave S. M. | July 13th 11
4.0 excellentsehguh | July 12th 11
4.0 excellentArtVandelay2 | July 10th 11
4.5 superbgosk8n | July 10th 11
3.5 greattvaurio | June 20th 11
3.5 greatsalival13 | June 5th 11
4.5 superbcrazyhobo17 | June 1st 11
5.0 classicRikkallstrom | May 29th 11
4.5 superbomarbongo | May 19th 11
3.5 greatMarcelloFerrierra | May 7th 11
4.5 superbMaskari | May 2nd 11
4.0 excellentmvood | April 19th 11
4.0 excellentWashboardSuds | April 8th 11
5.0 classicGhoztking | April 1st 11
4.5 superbMonsterpoptart | March 26th 11
5.0 classicratedrsuperstar | March 25th 11
3.0 goodArtinuis | March 19th 11
4.0 excellentletsgofishing | March 19th 11
4.0 excellentpatrickfannon | March 14th 11
5.0 classicirv | March 14th 11
4.5 superbNihildum | March 13th 11
3.5 greatGLaDOS | March 9th 11
4.0 excellentspreadeagled9 | March 3rd 11
4.0 excellentMr Fahrenheit | February 12th 11
4.5 superbscissorlocked | February 1st 11
4.5 superbcrazyblinddude | January 30th 11
4.0 excellentCelestialDust | January 22nd 11
3.5 greatSergeantGore | January 16th 11
4.5 superbkshskang | January 15th 11
4.5 superbRowdy | January 8th 11
4.0 excellentMunsuLight | January 8th 11
4.0 excellentoccer | January 1st 11
4.0 excellentsapienalien | December 19th 10
5.0 classicNostigex | December 15th 10
4.0 excellentSpottedTrout | December 13th 10
3.5 greatmusicConsumer | December 9th 10
4.0 excellentBenedictVII | December 9th 10
4.0 excellentDeathcar | December 4th 10
4.5 superbdarthbarf | December 3rd 10
4.0 excellentX3ni92 | November 25th 10
4.0 excellentPsilocyanide | November 24th 10
3.0 goodliledman | November 21st 10
4.5 superbAids | November 16th 10
5.0 classicHankHillsAcidTrip | November 15th 10
4.5 superbxopethx | November 14th 10
3.5 greatCalexico | November 13th 10
4.5 superbDyst | November 13th 10
4.0 excellentgrotto | November 8th 10
4.0 excellentFoursmallhats | November 1st 10
4.5 superbmerriweather | October 28th 10
4.5 superbBluRain | October 17th 10
4.0 excellentjulllleess | October 13th 10
5.0 classicBudheim | September 27th 10
4.0 excellentHeysatan | September 23rd 10
4.0 excellentManic_ | September 23rd 10
5.0 classicindefinicy | September 15th 10
4.5 superbmadcavalry | September 12th 10
4.5 superbBlueW | September 12th 10
3.5 greatMisterCharles | September 7th 10
5.0 classicchuckpoo | August 25th 10
4.0 excellentImpossibleInfluence2 | August 25th 10
3.0 goodArizonaBay97 | August 24th 10
5.0 classicRandall6058 | August 22nd 10
4.0 excellentComfortablyDumb | August 16th 10
4.0 excellentMevz | August 13th 10
4.5 superbLegham | July 26th 10
1.5 very poorsquirrielle | July 20th 10
4.0 excellentvisinoz | July 7th 10
4.0 excellentIsoas | July 1st 10
4.0 excellentjrowa001 | June 30th 10
4.0 excellentgondrong | June 14th 10
4.5 superbEverythingEvil2113 | June 11th 10
4.0 excellentameypv | June 9th 10
4.5 superbMarsygra | June 9th 10
4.5 superbdeadsye | June 8th 10
4.0 excellentAima | June 8th 10
4.0 excellentPuddlesPuddles | June 6th 10
3.5 greatgansosgrandes | June 1st 10
5.0 classicManipandy | May 22nd 10
4.5 superbShadow17 | May 13th 10
3.5 greatEverAdrift | May 12th 10
3.0 goodJash | May 6th 10
4.5 superbSkimaskcheck | May 3rd 10
3.5 greatTheAppleseed | April 29th 10
4.0 excellentelephantREVOLUTION | April 8th 10
4.5 superbRashandarei | March 20th 10
4.5 superbsexpoi | March 4th 10
4.0 excellentForgettableSam | February 16th 10
3.5 greatNach0 | February 15th 10
4.5 superbtables | February 11th 10
4.0 excellentmetal666pwns | February 1st 10
2.5 averageSkyler | December 30th 09
4.0 excellentjingledeath | December 4th 09
3.0 goodsplurge | December 2nd 09
5.0 classicpride | December 1st 09
3.5 greatpatisasian | November 30th 09
4.0 excellentfarglesnuff | November 25th 09
4.5 superbMawt | November 22nd 09
5.0 classicLargaxian | November 21st 09
4.0 excellentDis_Con_Nec_Ted | November 17th 09
4.0 excellentBlindsided | November 9th 09
4.0 excellentPaperTigers | November 6th 09
4.0 excellentstlbadger | October 22nd 09
5.0 classicRicven | October 18th 09
3.0 goodrepeatdefender | October 8th 09
4.0 excellentCeziria | October 7th 09
3.0 goodnodnerB | October 3rd 09
4.5 superbnychicano | September 16th 09
3.5 greatjoplinpicasso | September 5th 09
3.5 greatpunk rocker69 | September 4th 09
4.0 excellentindustrialjunkie | August 17th 09
4.0 excellentcam | August 11th 09
4.0 excellenttomr4 | August 11th 09
4.0 excellentModock | August 8th 09
4.0 excellentArC | August 4th 09
3.0 goodbreesuschrist | July 25th 09
4.0 excellentLions | July 23rd 09
5.0 classicWimplo | July 7th 09
5.0 classicGibTG | June 28th 09
5.0 classiclauriej | June 26th 09
4.5 superbTracedInAir | June 25th 09
4.0 excellentthirstymoose7 | June 20th 09
4.5 superbshizm | June 19th 09
4.5 superbziroth | June 13th 09
5.0 classicbeastman168 | June 13th 09
4.0 excellentiranscam | June 1st 09
4.0 excellentProphet178 | May 28th 09
4.5 superbshaheen4444 | May 25th 09
4.5 superbzuzek | May 21st 09
4.0 excellentTheWhiteAfrican | May 20th 09
4.0 excellentMatt Wolfe EMERITUS | May 13th 09
4.5 superbBaphomet | May 7th 09
2.5 averageIsItLuck? EMERITUS | May 7th 09
5.0 classicpo0ty | May 4th 09
4.0 excellentCaptain North | April 13th 09
4.0 excellentshindip | April 11th 09
4.5 superbabbyczach | April 6th 09
3.5 greatNYdubber | April 2nd 09
5.0 classicRandomCrazyGuy | April 1st 09
4.0 excellentAcre | March 21st 09
4.0 excellentmshrooms | March 10th 09
3.5 greatMerkaba33 | February 26th 09
3.5 greatUnderachiever | February 21st 09
4.5 superbLiveForMusic | February 20th 09
3.5 greatCrimson | February 15th 09
3.5 greatabsurdismwine | February 9th 09
4.5 superbindustrialjunkie92 | February 5th 09
4.5 superbFattyKnee | January 26th 09
4.0 excellentYotimi | January 26th 09
3.5 greatGrundley | January 25th 09
4.0 excellentAhyoukids | January 20th 09
4.0 excellentdankeyes11 | January 16th 09
5.0 classicSk0rpi0n | January 14th 09
4.0 excellentYouAreMySilence | January 14th 09
4.0 excellentMattFine | January 10th 09
4.0 excellenttehlzrviking | January 8th 09
4.5 superbCirca4life | January 7th 09
4.0 excellentEndlessClockwork | January 6th 09
4.0 excellentslaythesocialists | January 4th 09
3.0 goodjomyers | January 3rd 09
4.0 excellentpubliustheman | December 22nd 08
4.5 superbaerial | December 22nd 08
4.5 superbzenblade | December 22nd 08
4.0 excellentfrank_franks44 | December 21st 08
4.5 superbZoo | December 19th 08
4.5 superbfireaboveicebelow | December 17th 08
4.5 superbchrisonsputnik | December 16th 08
4.0 excellentYazz_Flute | December 12th 08
4.0 excellentscottayboy | December 3rd 08
4.0 excellentconvergejd | November 29th 08
4.5 superbAmnesiacR | November 27th 08
3.5 greatHyperbore | November 27th 08
4.5 superbtinathefatlard | November 21st 08
4.5 superbrisbo | November 18th 08
3.5 great204409 EMERITUS | November 12th 08
4.0 excellentAlexTM510 | November 12th 08
4.0 excellentemmanuelhellfracture | November 11th 08
3.0 goodredundantme | November 7th 08
3.0 goodhatehatehatehate | October 31st 08
5.0 classicBurn2Burn | October 30th 08
4.0 excellentthegodparticle | October 23rd 08
4.5 superbjoshm1894 | October 21st 08
4.0 excellentBsmith7 | October 16th 08
4.0 excellentWirertragen7 | September 26th 08
5.0 classicGenrelessIndieDan | September 23rd 08
3.0 goodbadtaste | September 22nd 08
5.0 classicninjuice | September 18th 08
3.5 greatOblivioncry | September 17th 08
3.5 greatAggravatedYeti | September 12th 08
3.0 goodsitandtalk | September 9th 08
3.5 greatCuban Pete | September 4th 08
3.5 greatpoweroftheweez | September 3rd 08
4.5 superbBallsToTheWall | September 1st 08
4.5 superbSnackaryBinx | August 31st 08
3.0 goodDocSportello | August 30th 08
5.0 classicNOTINTHEFACE | August 24th 08
4.0 excellentbrandtweathers | August 23rd 08
3.0 goodIanBandeau | August 19th 08
3.0 goodIluvatar EMERITUS | August 17th 08
3.5 greatStreetlightRock EMERITUS | August 17th 08
4.0 excellentXSebbyMcMuffinX | August 8th 08
4.5 superbforeverendeared | August 7th 08
4.0 excellentgasmaskman | August 7th 08
4.5 superbGoku | August 7th 08
5.0 classicSHOOTME | August 2nd 08
2.5 averageyellowbelliedfreaks | July 25th 08
4.5 superb2icguitardude | July 6th 08
4.0 excellentTheQuestion | July 5th 08
3.0 goodIai EMERITUS | June 30th 08
4.5 superbRedSky | June 30th 08
5.0 classicMikesn EMERITUS | June 29th 08
4.0 excellentMrKite | June 14th 08
4.0 excellentjredmond | June 8th 08
5.0 classiczaki151 | June 5th 08
4.0 excellentHxSxB | May 25th 08
3.5 greatMassiveAttack | May 23rd 08
3.5 greatnatey | May 12th 08
4.5 superbDoppelganger | April 30th 08
4.5 superbbarbarian | April 22nd 08
4.5 superbFlawedPerfection EMERITUS | April 15th 08

Give Your Opinion on Soundtrack to a Vacant Life


You have to be logged in to rate this album Login | Create a Profile

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy