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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Record Collection
  • ASIN: B008XFA4NW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This album deserves is discussion. People love to make the quick-and-easy move of labeling artists like Frusciante as eccentric and crazy; because basically, they're too lazy or ignorant to think otherwise. When an artist makes a big step forward people praise them for it. When they make two big steps forward (so that people don't immediately fully understand the reference points) those who can't be bothered discard it as meaningless. Now that we're all very educated about 'Kid A' and the influences behind it, it's easy to forget that in 2000 that record took time to sink in (especially for fans of their guitar music) before it's very simple structure and general awesomeness became obvious. And of course many people will pretend they got it immediately. But given everything we know about John Frusciante and how intense he is as an artist, does anyone honestly believe that he has left the RHCP (a band that mean a lot to people) to make music which is random and meaningless? OK rant over.

It seems obvious to me that he released 'Letur Lefr' first because it's much more accessible and a good seduction into his new direction. Probably the best analogy of my listening journey with 'PBX' is the title itself. The first time I heard of "PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone", I thought... probably exactly what you thought. Then on reflection of the meanings of these terms, the sound of the music, and the creative processes that he'd described, it begins to make a whole lot of sense, even if it seems riskily ambitious. It's a very similar story with the music.

When you first hear 'Bike', it does indeed seem noisy, messy and very random. In actual fact it has nearly the most standard pop-song structure imaginable.
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I was really excited to see JF go in this new electronica direction. Being a huge autechre/aphex twin/boards of canada fan I was glad to hear some similar elements in this album.

I think there are some really good moments in this album but think there are too many moments that drag it down as well making this an album that feels quite awkward and doesn't flow very well.

I'll give it a 4 star as I am a huge JF fan but think the Letur Lefr EP was more favourable for me. Still listen to this album pretty regularly but definitely not his best work. However the song Rating is just incredible.
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Call me a philistine if you like, but this, to me, is a thoroughly unlikable, difficult to listen to, messy album which - if this is what he's left the Red Hot Chillis to do - I believe is a complete waste of his melodic and harmonic talents. This is obviously an experimental release, but the ridiculous drum 'n' bass style beats and the lo-fi production make it a chore to listen to. I'm a Frusciante fan, both of his varied solo work and within the RHCPs, but he has really alienated me with this one. I wish I could be cool and say that I get it, that I'm fully with him and dig his direction, but, frankly, I really don't like it and, even though there are brief bursts of likeable music, regret buying it. What can I say? It's a matter of taste, but the Frusciante on display here isn't the Frusciante I know and love. Sorry, John.
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That is not to compare this musically to Radiohead, but more moving heavily into electronic music to an extent that it is not enjoyable to listen to, some may say 'go too far up one's own a**.' I mean no disrespect to Mr. Frusciante, in fact I highly admire any artist that constantly evolves and one that does as much as John is rare. I hope this is a step into something amazing, an obscure experiment that is essential to his growth. I want to like it, I really do; but for me to, I would have to force myself to and I'm not prepared to put the time in. You can see his love for all that breaks the rules of music, his influence of 'Trout Mask Replica', and his emergence into old school synth programming. To understand the efforts he's gone to, to learn how to program, to study the mathematics involved in this complicated music, to know that every sound that is in the record: beats that are out of time (or the general understanding of timing), or sounds that don't blend- are all done purposely and with artistic intent, makes me respect the record a whole lot more; but if I didn't know that, it would be easy to assume this could be something cobbled together by someone who didn't really know what they were doing. Like outsider music, once you understand the history of the record and artist, it changes your perception of it, your ears are renewed; this wasn't enough for me though. This album didn't emotionally move me as Letur Lefr did at times. Ratiug is one of the best tracks Frusciante has written, but the sporadic, dynamic altering drums littered throughout makes me wish this was written and recorded during and earlier musical phase, with a real drum kit. Frusciante will always be the man, but this won't see regular airings for me.
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