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Each Eye A Path

Mick Karn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MK Music
  • ASIN: B000057H4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up To Nil
2. The Salmon Of Knowledge
3. Latin Mastock
4. The Forgotten Puppeteer
5. My Mrs T
6. Angel's Got A Lotus
7. Serves You Rice
8. The Night We Never Met
9. Venus Monkey
10. Left Big

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It must gall Mick Karn somewhat that 20 years after his band split up he's still thought of as Japan's former bass-player. But if it really bothered him, Each Eye A Path would be music that large numbers of people could enjoy. Instead he's followed a career path similar to that of his old singer David Sylvian (and the man who so obviously inspired them, Brian Eno) by moving from glam-rock to ambient soundscapes and, now, to slightly more discordant and atonal ambient soundscapes. Bearing all that in mind, this isn't a bad album, just a wilfully non-commercial one. "The Night We Never Met", for example, is a haunting piece of work, with Karn's slippery bass work to the fore, post-orgasmic girlies cooing in the distance and a lazy horn ensemble noodling along from time to time, reminiscent of the instrumentals Bowie and Eno did during the Low/Heroes era. Other tracks with more primitive synths and jerkier rhythms recall Eno's earlier period, around the time of Another Green World. --Johnny Black

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Only available previously via MK Music. A uniquely adventurous and evocative selection of tracks (two of which include lead vocals by Mick) written and arranged between 1995 and 1999 and finally released in 2001. Those five years spanned across several upheavals for Mick, the first being a move to San Francisco with only a suitcase and bass guitar for company. A yearning to go back to the basics of writing, without the luxury of any modern technology to record with and little distraction. The end result is very minimal in it s actual instrumentation, yet often rich by the sheer density of their use. An album of mood swings, darkness often replaced by light, melancholy thoughts by hope. Steve Jansen, apart from mixing nine of the tracks, also contributed with additional drums and percussion. Mick at his most intimate and unfettered. GUITARIST a tasteful slice of Karn s unique playing style and song construction. There are just a couple of vocals but as ever it s the bass playing that captures the imagination. His fans will be delighted with this collection. These tracks are soundscape ideas..THE WIRE Mick Karn s new solo release combines free-flowing ambient textures with vivid bass virtuosity. FUTURE MUSIC Serves You Rice is particularly noteworthy by virtue of it s unusual instrumental make-up : 13 bass guitars and an organ! Minimalist, highly original, ultimately satisfying and worthy of insvestigation.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selfish but brilliant 22 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
This wont be to everyone's taste but at the end of the day it is a work of genius. I guess Each Eye a Path is a selfish album, produced solely to please its maker, Mick Karn. But then that is what makes it purely brilliant.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed... 4 Jan 2002
By Marc
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I've always rated Mick Karn as a gifted musician, particularly as a bass player (my own instrument too), but I was disappointed by this. It has its moments, but lacks consistency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introvert album from maestro bass player 20 April 2001
By veryvery - Published on Amazon.com
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Mick Karn is a genius, IMHO. And one of the most remarkable, unique-sounding (fretless) bass guitar players around. It's been a while since he's released a solo album, and this one is a little bit of a surprise. the compositions are very introverted, and the bass is not in the foreground (unlike on "Bestial Cluster" and "The Tooth Mother"). Atmospheric, deep, mostly instrumental music; there are vocals on only two tracks (the first and third track). Mick appears to want to express rather than impress with this album. For me, the album holds the middle between Mick's earlier "Dreams of Reason produce monsters" and "Liquid Glass". My favorite piece of the album is "Forgotten Puppeteer".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, subtle and powerful. 12 April 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mick Karn's "Each Eye a Path" is a very different album, having spent the past several years immersed in collaborative efforts, Karn had been putting together material on his own without a substantial supporting cast-- Steve Jansen joins on a few tracks and there's a couple scant contributions by someone named Maya and Apache 61, but other than that, its largely a effort.

I should not that four several years I barely ever listened to this one, but either my tastes changed or my perception of this change, as its now my favorite of Mick Karn's solo records.

The piece has the feel of being very much meticulously assembled in the studio-- its a dark, mysterious record, take opener "Up to Nil", one of the only vocal pieces on the record with its croaked vocal and churning bassline, weird electronic noises in the background and a driving implied rhythm, even for Karn, its unusual.

This consistently dark mood contrasts pretty heavily against Karn's last solo effort (1995's "The Tooth Mother", which was full of energy and up-front bass), but while the last one had the best bass playing by Karn, this one's got the best songwriting-- the two vocal tracks are both superb, the compulsive rhythms of "Up to Nil" contrasts against the dark churn of "Latin Mastock" (the latter features a beautiful lead bass over piano lengthy first movement/introduction). Ditto for clarinet and keys piece "The Forgotten Puppeteer"-- coming back to the idea from 1987's "Dreams of Reason" of Mick Karn as a composer not just a bassist-- this one features no bass, but a beautiful piano passage over which delicate clarinet lines arise and recede. In fact, compositional strength is high on this one with pieces like "Serves You Rice" (an organ/bass duet) and "The Night We Never Met" being totally effecting. But for bass, check out the jaw dropping "Angel's Got a Lotus", which reminds us just how brilliant of a player he is-- its both aggressive and up front and subtle at the same time.

This album is really quite uncanny and stunning, and its full of subtlety and takes time to grow on you, but its definitely worth the journey. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Pack the Punch of his Previous Work 14 May 2004
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This album is not nearly as solid or impressive as his previous albums (Titles, Bestial Cluster, Tooth Mother) What it sounds like is what it is: a collection of tracks collected over the span of a few years and not an album conceived as a whole. The production is lackluster and most of the tracks seem like outakes, experiments or demos. Not a bad album, just disappointing relative to his prior grand pieces of work.
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