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  • Audio CD (18 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00005UUXF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Word Of Advice
2. Smell Of Failure
3. Pneumonia
4. FuckedupfuckFuckup
5. Check Fraud
6. Hitting A Wall
7. Fool
8. Truth And Laughing Gas
9. We're A Mess
10. Staring At The Dashboard
11. Glory
12. Ghoul Expert
13. And Stay Out

Product Description

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Andrew Broder aka Fog started to make this album with one simple question on his mind. Is there more to using a turntable to make your music than as a vehicle for showing how good you are at playing the turntable? The answer is complicated, but it’s also beautiful, as well as funny, sometimes sad and, in its own sweet, downbeat way, sort of uplifting. Or to put it another way, the answer can be yes.

As influenced by post-rock, folk and blues as much as hip hop, Broder has aimed to make a record which moves you, rather than just making you bob your head and your mind revel in the technique. It’s a risky strategy, leaving Fog open to all manner of snide asides, but we think he succeeds admirably.

This is still a cut and paste album but it also uses guitars and Broder’s singing to make a unique sound. It’s a record of such single-minded strangeness that it’s not clear if anyone will ever catch up, or even what there is to catch up with.

Enough. Listen and learn? We can’t even describe what Broder is doing, so we’ll leave him to talk you through a few choice moments: "‘Check Fraud’ is covered in dust. ‘Smell of Failure’ is a blustery Minnesota winter wind. ‘Pneumonia’ is mildew-encrusted hope. ‘We’re a Mess’ is deep-sea country-hopeless. ‘Glory’ (featuring genius Dose One) and ‘And Stay Out’ are quitters anthems. Oh, and ‘Ghoul Expert’ contains the best line I ever wrote ‘Hello filth/ You’d be proud/ Tonight I gave the ‘I don’t want to weird you out’ speech.’ Add anything you want to add."

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Two turntables and a microphone--and, a box load of old synths, a guitar, a four-track recorder and a crate of truly weird vinyl: that's the way it is with Minneapolis-based hip-hop project Fog. Forget all that equipment a second, though, because this is a one man band--the creation of Andrew Broder, a hip-hop fan frustrated by the genre's limitations, and determined to explode them. He came to Ninja Tune's attention through his ties to hip-hop surrealists cLOUDEAD, and this, his debut album, has much in common with that group's pioneering work: eerie soundscapes, feverishly weird turntable scratching, lyrics that walk the tightrope between genius and pretension and a total disregard for anything approaching formula.

The gorgeous "Pneumonia" is a bare, confessional strum-a-long that could almost pass for a ramshackle early work by Badly Drawn Boy, while the likes of "Truth And Laughing Gas" come on like a punk-rock DJ Shadow, ripping up atmospheric beats and spitting them back in a riot of splintered breaks and wild scratch gymnastics. Dose One of cLOUDEAD even crops up with a guest lyric on "Glory". This is indie-rap as it should be done. --Louis Pattison

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Take a little trip through the mind of Andrew Broder aka Fog. Apparently someone forgot to clue Mr. Broder in on the fact that music has genres, walls that should be left up, and bridges not to be crossed. Maybe he knows exactly what he's doing. Maybe he's watching Beck's genre-blending antics rocket him towads success and stardom and Fog has decided to follow. But for some reason I don't think so. Fog is a million times more sincere. He wears his heart on his sleave and it looks good there. The album has a beautifully cohesive feel from beginning to end, it makes you feel as though you are walking through the Fog.
Some highlights of the album:
"A Word of Advice" opens the album with MF Doom guest MCing and giving you some words of wisdom on how to live your life.
The albums first single "Pneumonia" is a tale of Fog's brush with the disease itself. Beautiful lyrics telling of silverfish, casserole quality, and revelations of life. This track would be a top 10 single in a perfect world.
"Check Fraud" is the albums next single, Broder explains this track as being about "the guilt of being wealthy". Japanese flute scratches abound.
A burst of guitar and scratched drums open "Truth & Laughing Gas" and get the second half of the album of to a flying start. This is one of the most perfect meldings of guitar and turntables accomplished to date.
The albums closing tracks of "Ghoul Expert" and "And Stay Out" showcase Broder's penchant for writing anthemic rock ballads on par with Radiohead. Fog harmonizes lovley melodies with himself and lets you slowly emerge from this murky world and back into you own.
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Overall I was slightly underwhelmed by this long player as a whole. I'm hoping it will grow on me after multiple listens. Interesting sounds mostly forgotten after the initial play through.
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1 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
Fog is not really like anything else I have heard on Ninja Tunes i.e. Trip-Hop. That is not say that is bad, but guitars?? In sound its fairly similar to DJ Shadow in that has mad samples and nice noises, so it's nice and chilled, for the most part really relaxing and certainly will be an interesting part of my CD collection. So good, but different although it does have alot of scratchings...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A warm and murky trip through the Fog. 28 April 2002
By geezhoppa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Take a little trip through the mind of Andrew Broder aka Fog. Apparently someone forgot to clue Mr. Broder in on the fact that music has genres, walls that should be left up, and bridges not to be crossed. Maybe he knows exactly what he's doing. Maybe he's watching Beck's genre-blending antics rocket him towads success and stardom and Fog has decided to follow. But for some reason I don't think so. Fog is a million times more sincere. He wears his heart on his sleave and it looks good there. The album has a beautifully cohesive feel from beginning to end, it makes you feel as though you are walking through the Fog.
Some highlights of the album:
"A Word of Advice" opens the album with MF Doom guest MCing and giving you some words of wisdom on how to live your life.
The albums first single "Pneumonia" is a tale of Fog's brush with the disease itself. Beautiful lyrics telling of silverfish, casserole quality, and revelations of life. This track would be a top 10 single in a perfect world.
"Check Fraud" is the albums next single, Broder explains this track as being about "the guilt of being wealthy". Japanese flute scratches abound.
A burst of guitar and scratched drums open "Truth & Laughing Gas" and get the second half of the album of to a flying start. This is one of the most perfect meldings of guitar and turntables accomplished to date.
The albums closing tracks of "Ghoul Expert" and "And Stay Out" showcase Broder's penchant for writing anthemic rock ballads on par with Radiohead. Fog harmonizes lovley melodies with himself and lets you slowly emerge from this murky world and back into you own.
Another amazing release from Ninja Tune and definitely a contender for album of the year. My only complaint is why did Ninja Tune remove two tracks from Fog's original independant release of the album? These tracks, "Heartcrusher" and "Just A Boy Growing Up", are beautiful pieces of the album and deserve to be heard. Let's hope Ninja releases them in the future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Fog MASTERPIECE 7 July 2007
By Tyler Hacke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I decided to write this review because these other two idiots had such horrible reviews for such an absolutely brilliant piece of musical genius. This record is subtle, yet moving. Songs like Pneumonia and Check Fraud stand out in particular. I absolutely can't get enough of this album and anyone who would call it a "horrible" record either has only given it a brief listen (every listen you discover amazing new subtlties and nuances) or is a total review hack. This, along with Ether Teeth and 10th Avenue Freakout are the best of Fog (I wasn't a huge fan of Ditherer however) and they will be appreciated by anyone with taste. Once again, this record deserves praise, and it saddens me greatly to see bad reviews like the two above on Amazon. Get this one, you will not be dissapointed.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
not for those expecting more ninja tune fanfare 11 Mar 2002
By akronym - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to accept what we don't understand. if exprimental music is what you are interested or you enjoy all means of music, this is for you. Andrew's Fog is very dope, featuring mf doom???? and dose one!!!! If you are a Cloudead fan, an anticon fan, or a fan of out there music than listen. but it's definitely not recycled bossa nova trip hop, which ninja tune has been known to release. It's beyond definition.
Fog - Fog 25 Feb 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The forward-thinking blokes at Ninja Tune give us the self-titled debut by Fog, a Minnesotan who blends hip-hop rhythms with indie-rock sensibilities. Fog actually shares a musical affinity with fellow hip-hoppers cLOUDDEAD, and although Fog veers away from MCs, they deliver with some impressive turntable work. The "try anything" attitude is refreshing, especially in this age of stale and predictable hip-hop, and the indie-rock vocals and guitar of "Pneumonia" contrast the slightly off-kilter drum rhythm. "Check Fraud" and "We're a Mess," likewise, deconstruct down-home ditties into something more than the sum of their stratches. But the aesthetic isn't yet fully formed throughout, however; there are a few tracks with too many moments of aimless doodling (or worse, electric guitar solos like on "Hitting a Wall"), as if he had temporarily run out of ideas or, like on "Ghoul Expert," those ideas are unfocused. (The solo on "Truth and Laughing Gas," in comparison, actually leads to a climax.) But the haunting "Staring at the Dashboard" and the saddening "And Stay Out" both speak to what Fog does well.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
it's gettin' foggy... 19 July 2002
By Aaron Pause - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
just saw these guy's in boston last monday and what i want to know is, where the hell was everybody else! i know it was a monday but what else did you have to do that was so freakin' important...well the small crowd added to the intimaticy of this wonderful group...they played as though hundreds of people showed up instead of the ten plus...you could easily tell how wholeheartedly devoted they were to their unique sound (which any discription would fall far short from what was being produced, so i won't try)...please check this fantastic group out, you won't be disappointed...
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