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Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

16 Feb 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1992
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1992
  • Label: London Records
  • Copyright: 1996 Slash Records
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  • Total Length: 1:07:53
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  • ASIN: B003A85QSU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,665 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
In a word, Failure's third and final album is stunning. A sprawling collection of textural, melodic and spacey rock songs, Fantastic Planet is unlike any other record i have heard.
Just like Failures other albums Comfort and Magnified, Fantastic Planet draws you in with its odd collection of alternative rock songs with a pop sensibilty. Also like the other albums, Fantastic Planet is a rich and densely produced, with brilliantly strange chords and guitar effects, and off kilter melodies which make it as unique as it is catchy. Ken Andrews' vocals are wonderfully understated, but still manage to capture so much emotion, especially through his and Greg Edwards' unusual lyrics. The record is partuclarly good in that there is no one single song which is below the level of excellant, meaning it can't be enjoyed in its entirity, despite its length.
Essentially, Fantastic Planet and the band Failure are criminally overlooked, producing powerful, beautiful music. Anyone who is looking for music which challenges you, as well as touches your emotions, Failure is a perfect choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Pinheiro on 21 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Failure had been around for a few years before they released an album that truly unleashed their potential. While there first album contained some powerful, messy guitar that really worked with the dark songs, the typical Steve Albini job gave the album an atmosphere that was not supposed to be. Magnified was better, but they still hadn't quite mixed the odd guitar parts with a more accessible spacy alternative rock feeling perfectly. Obviously, Ken Andrews ambitions were getting more thirsty after listening to the prog metal that was getting bigger at the time, like Tool. Andrews decided to produce Fantastic Planet himself and give it a concept, and one that is truly heartbreaking. Many people seem to believe that the songs on this album are about love, but in fact, it would make perfect sense for every song to be about Heroin.

Saturday Saviour opens with a fairly typical grungy riff, and turns into the bands most catchy and accessible song at this point, leading you to believe that maybe the band wanted a wider audience. The song is catchy and decent enough to have done fairly well on rock radio, but sadly, this was not to be. The next song, Sergeant Politeness, is also pretty simple, not as catchy, but has a tighter riff and a more heartfelt touch. The first two songs are pleasant enough, but it's nothing to compare to what's to come.

Later on the album, as the user gets more reliant on heroin, his life becomes crazier and more depressing, as do the songs. The Nurse Who Loves Me (famously covered by A Perfect Circle) is a good case that there are love songs on the album, but in my eyes, the nurse is a dealer who delivers to all the other guys. Of course, the irony is, Nurses are supposed to help you out but the user believes that heroin is helping him out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on 19 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Failure's third and final album is widely held to be their classic, one of the finest albums of the 90's, or even of all time. I can't argue against this as I have owned it for ten years and it is still the one album I would gladly run into a burning building to rescue. It's basically mesmerizing, atmospheric and frankly beautiful. To pick apart each song wouldn't do justice, but the songwriting is genius. No overwrought emotion or sentimentalism, and it all makes for an incredibly powerful, disturbing and touching experience. I implore you to read some of the reviews on amazon.com because if I started now I could go on forever. Believe me, so many people cannot be, and are not, wrong.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "soulsearchingsun665" on 31 July 2001
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This album is full of textures and layers of sounds. The album flawlessly moves from poppy sounds to harder more alternative musical flavours. This album is very guitar-heavy and the songs rely greatly on the guitar and odd tunings which highlight the experimental side of Failure. This album has to be listened to from beginning to end and unlike so much disposable music out there somewhat forces the listner to work at understanding the music which will make the album extremely enjoyable in the long run. A worthy musical investment. I would suggest every guitarist listen to this album to learn about odd chords and interesting guitar noises.
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By Eoghan88 on 6 July 2014
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From start to finish this album really does it for me, the production quality is outstanding which really says something considering they did it themselves and it was only their second self produced title.

The album is broken up into sections with segues. These aren't just throwaway little jingles though, they are well created instrumentals and are among my favourite parts of the album. I particularly love how Segue 1 is an extended outro to Sergeant Politeness and I hardly ever listen to one without the other.

The tone of the album shifts toward the end into a slower more melancholy mood and to listen to this album all the way through as was intended is a joy. Interesting chord progression, subtle sound effects throughout and great production values, it is without a doubt one of the best albums I have ever had the pressure to own. I'm only sorry I went for the digital not hard copy. May have to rectify this in the future!
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