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A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure

13 Mar. 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 13 Mar. 2001
  • Release Date: 13 Mar. 2001
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 2001 Matador Records
  • Total Length: 46:18
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  • ASIN: B001MT1WT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,469 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
For anyone whose interest in music extends a bit beyond the norm this album makes for essential listening. Using samples taken from medical science (most prominently plastic surgery) Matmos have created an album that is both conceptually and musically strong. From clinically tight beats and cut ups to emotive and organic sound structures this album remains listenable at all times, with a great ear for rhythm and melody. If you are a fan of the music of warp records or are keen to try something off the beaten track you must but this album. You will not be disappointed. This album is a work of genius.
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i bought my cd of this release a year or so ago - wanting to hear what all the media fuss was about in the more "intelligent" music press. US duo - matmos are certainly inventive with this cd based on surgical procedures, recordings of which pepper the various tracks. so far so clever. tracks ultimately fall in the in crowded clever clever brigade for people who want to show off to non-aficianado friends some "avante-garde" contemporary music..

as a big fan of forward thinking , inventive muasic - both electronic or otherwise "a chance to cut is a chance to cure" ultimately fails to move me, semi-impress perhaps for a few listens, but the overriding impression is 180 IQ students impressing each other , without adding any genuine emotion or soul (with a small "s") . Autechre may be deemed soulless also (wrongly), but are legends in the electronica field for fearlessly pushing the boundaries + mouse on mars - combine the ideal balance that the matmos guys are aiming for ,but fail. that of cerebral,humourous,inventive electronica. "a chance to cut" misses the mark..

a miss.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 26 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
So who/what are Matmos? Let's look at the sleeve of 'A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure': writing far too small to read without an arc-lamp and Jodrell Bank, and strange pictures of forceps, stanley-knife blades and a woman with a mutant eye. Maybe that's significant. The back of the cd case has a bit of bacon, two kidneys and a tapeworm (dissected).
The whole package design looks like the title-sequence of Cronenberg's 'Dead Ringers', but there's nothing clinical about the sound. Being antiseptically procedural doesn't rile a Matmos.

'A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure' is electro-music, pre-occupied with the clanking and hissing of the (strangely inspirational) operating theatre. It's easy to deconstruct, deadly simple to lay down its parts. It's the sight and sound of fresh, shiny blood being washed down a gleaming white china sluice. "Now count down with me ..10, 9, 8..." Sharp as a suture needle, surgically spirited etc. In a phrase: It is the machine that goes "PING!"

So who/what are Matmos? They're slightly Can in a dementedly experimental phase; slightly Kraftwerk in a 'everybody-eventually-descends-from Kraftwerk' sense, and mightily, 23 Skidoo - that 'Seven Songs' masterwork raises it's truculent head yet again, over and beyond what-we've-dared-NOT-to expect.

'Memento Mori' is the tale of a toothbrush rattling in it's beaker, then someone serenely constructs a rabbit-hutch. I had a rabbit called Harold and I wept for weeks when he died. Is it you Harold? Is it really you...?
'Spondee' is one of those toddler education aids. Hear a word, press a button, bit of disco. Surprising.
So who/what are Matmos?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is largely constructed from samples of plastic surgery operations performed in California. So you'd expect the music to head off in the direction of Coil, Nurse with Wound or Scraping Foetus of the Wheels. But instead most of it is quite light and poppy and not dissimilar to recent work by Mouse on Mars; slightly kitch, catchy tunes (sort of) and nice shiny surfaces. Locating the sounds of plastic surgery - and thus plastic surgery itself - within the parameters of superficial throw away popular culture is, I suppose, the point and makes for an intriguing listen. I have really enjoyed playing the CD, one or two others that I have it played it to, whilst enjoying the sound, have found it gross. You choose.
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