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Compass: Limited Deluxe Edition [Double CD, Import]

Assemblage 23 Audio CD
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Tom Shear began constructing music at home under the moniker Man On A Stage in the late 1980's. Most of the music was very simplistic and poorly constructed, with no vocals at first but as time went on they occurred more often. While working on Man On A Stage, Tom Shear also was playing bass live for a punk-influenced band collectively known as the Advocates.

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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Import
  • Label: Accession
  • ASIN: B002IS14BQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Electronic music should sound like 12 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is brilliant. The music is mostly uplifting, electro dance but with dark, sometimes monotonous vocals which really add some atmosphere to the songs.
I'm a fan of other artists such as VNV Nation and Cruxshadows but in my opinion Assemblage 23 stand out as the vocals are better.

Every track is good, and some of the stand out tracks such as 'Spark' are truly brilliant.
I can hear influences from many other artists in this music, even going as far as Skinny Puppy...(listen to the last word of every other verse in 'how can you sleep')

But never does it feel like anything has been copied. It feels fresh and original, but sticks to formulas that work so well. A good recipe.

The bonus/remix tracks (5 of them) are all excellent too so it's worth buying the special edition if you can grab it for a similar price.

I have over 300gb of music spanning every genre you could imagine but this album is up there with my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 2 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Am a fan of assemblage 23 anyway but this is probably one of the best albums Tom Shear has done. Collapse and Spark are outstanding. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 1 Feb 2010
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Fantastic album, dark lyrics combined with great tunes, definitely worth a listen by fans of electronic music and the latest album Bruise is even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Assemblage 23 is headed in the right direction with Compass 21 Oct 2009
By Marvin L. Thomas - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I have never been disappointed with Assemblage 23 and this current album is certainly no exception. My only complaint about Assemblage 23 is that Tom Shear is only able to produce so much music. Ever since discovering the Album Failure several years ago, I have had an insatiable hunger for all things Assemblage 23.

This latest album is a triumph, from Smoke all the way through The Cruelest Year. Personally, I really enjoy Tom's signature songs about social unrest and destruction. Compass delivers a healthy dose with Smoke, How can you sleep, and Greed. These songs have a great beat all while making me feel that there is someone who at least shares my view of the world. I cannot get enough of this album.

Assemblage 23 does almost as good a job of examining the outside world as it does the introspection of the self. Alive, Collapse, and The Cruelest Year are prime examples. I could, and have, listened to those songs all day. And then there's Impermanence! A bitter sweet song reminiscent of dysfunctional relationships. So there's plenty for me to relish there.

Assemblage 23 has such a unique sound that I will always be hungry for. My advise if you like electronic music is to buy Tom Shear's stuff. It has been so hard for me to find Artists that I can really enjoy but Assemblage 23 is among the few. In closing, If I could preorder the next album right now I would without a second thought. If you are interested enough in Assemblage 23 to read this review you should buy the album, listen, and enjoy!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assemblage 23 - Compass 21 Oct 2009
By DJ Deathwish - Published on
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There's never been an Assemblage 23 album I didn't enjoy, although there have been some I enjoyed more than others. Compass definitely ranks up there among the best. This is definitely Tom Shear's most daring album to date as it utilizes many unique sounds and compositions and makes for a very diverse and compelling album. I purchased the two disc limited edition from Metropolis and the extra CD is completely worth it. It offers up two remixes and three exclusive songs, all of which are rather good, even the remixes. As a big fan of A23's work, I was more than pleased by this latest offering, there are plenty of floorkilling DJ tracks, a wonderful ballad and each and every song stands on its own. Impressive to say the least.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep 'em Coming, Tom! 21 Oct 2009
By G. Loyd - Published on
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Similar to the previous reviews, I discovered Assemblage 23 several years ago on Rant Radio and instantly became a fan of "Failure." Besides having a great and unique sound, Tom's lyrics have always been what's really made me a fan. His vocals have really taken off over the past few releases with a much more confident vocal track. The latest edition to his discography "Compass" is yet my new favorite. Each track has a unique sound and message unlike a lot of EBM artists. I for one am looking forward to the Compass tour!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album - Very possibly the best A23 yet! 13 Nov 2009
By BorkBorkBork - Published on
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I have enjoyed every Assemblage 23 album, but I have not enjoyed them equally. While I found Storm and Meta to both be very good albums, I found that when I wanted to listen to A23, I usually reached for Defiance, and to a lesser degree Failure and Contempt, first. I expected my reaction would be much the same with this album.

I was pleasantly surprised, however. While it is undeniably the Assemblage 23 I know and love, I feel like there's some real growth here. Tom extends his vocal range here quite a bit, which differentiates the songs nicely. The lyrics combine the introspection of most of his previous work, but with a few more songs pointed at the external world (in the vein of Madman's Dream on Meta).

The music also sounds different, but I can't really put my finger on how, exactly. All the pieces of each song seem to fit together more cleanly, and convey a bit more feeling than previous efforts. And while the overall sound seems a little brighter, it never crosses the line into poppy, and doesn't clash with or overpower the lyrics. In general, the whole effort just feels more mature and well crafted than previous albums.

My biggest complaint with electronic music as a whole is that it can at times tend to feel flat and lifeless. A23 as a whole, and most specifically with Compass, completely overcomes these problems, injecting some real feeling into the proceedings.

All in all, I suppose the biggest indication of success in an album is how much one listens to it, and I have been unable to stop myself from listening to this album repeatedly, which is pretty much the highest praise I can give. I honestly think it has displaced Defiance as my favorite. Definitely highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One dream that's worth defending. 25 Oct 2009
By Dal - Published on
There are only a handful of artists that I'll go out of my way to support, and A23 are one of them. I first got into A23 when I heard the song 30KFT, and it tore me to pieces with it's honesty and it's beauty, that was when I realized I had to listen to more from Assemblage 23. I've got every single album by them and Compass is probably one of my favorites. If you like well composed electronic synth based music, and you've never heard A23 give this album a try, and if you like this album pick up any of his older work as well. I didn't think he could surpass his last album, Meta, but he totally did, not saying that it was a bad album, he's just THAT good at what he does... I'd say go with the Deluxe addition because the additional songs are well worth it.

In the end, A23 does something to me that hardly any band has ever done to me before.. These songs make me really think about life and loss and love.. They make me think of how well I know the people I share my life with. How many days pass by when I don't even wonder what might be going on in their lives? Or if they really know what is going on in mine? Or is everybody really so empty? Am I empty? These are the questions I ask myself while listening to Assemblage 23.
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