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ISAM

23 May 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • Copyright: 2011 Ninja Tune
  • Total Length: 49:57
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  • ASIN: B004WNCRMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,074 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Harper on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
from readin some other feedback on this album (1 and 2 stars - really?) i had to put my opinion out here. i'm not one for writin reviews but this album is beautiful. i was expectin somethin almost completely abstract - its not - it is a logical step on from the foley room. if you were a fan of that then this will be good for you. it is so refreshin to hear an album be a series of pieces which form a whole. turn the lights down - maybe open a bottle and let it take you off on a wee journey :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Logan on 30 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album is so exciting to listen to. This is the kind of music I long for - music that is daring, alien and spectacularly detailed, but also funky and strangely human. If intricate sound design, strange and imaginative sonic worlds and a potent mixture of childish abandon and sinister mind-bending musical workouts sound like your kind of thing, I highly recommend this release. I don't know how long it must have taken Amon Tobin to create those patches/instruments and edit these tracks - but it sounds like it must have taken a very long time. The music does not sound laboured or overproduced, though, and it'll hit you hard whether you know what's going on on a technical level or not. And even though this material is futuristic and unusual, it is not particularly inaccessible. The sound is widescreen, mesmerising and bass -heavy, many of the tracks are surprisingly humorous and playful, and I see no reason why it couldn't attract those not usually accustomed to the more skitty and experimental ends of electronic music as well as fans of Autechre, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Richard Devine, etc. An excellent and truly unique electronic album! Well done Amon Tobin for taking a risk.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE on 8 May 2011
Format: MP3 Download
It's sad that the digital release of this was early due to the illegal free download some unsavoury sort made available. However, released early or not I have been left quite disappointed by 'Isam'.

Amon Tobin's previous solo albums were always an interesting mix of sound designs, effects, layers, distortions, differing paces and general rule bending that pretty often produced melodies no other comparable artist could touch.

However, there was always that risk of pushing boundaries of listenable to just noise and coming out the winner. His most recent work as part of 'Two Fingers' was excellent too. Having to work as a team must have restrained him in the right way to produce their excellent debut album (the instrumental version is worth a listen).

For me Amon Tobin's best work has been a combination of rule bending ideas that tinker with sound design as an art-form and in the end produce some stunning melodies. When his work has gotten more involved in the sound design aspects and gone on the tangent of being pretty much just sound effects that only those in a very select crowd appreciate I don't like so much.

Sadly for me this album is mostly about the sound designs, emphasis placed heavily on stuttering, squelching sound effects with melodies being very well hidden or just not really there. I have no problem with this album being mostly slower paced work but the ratio of listenable work to noise just isn't high enough for me this time.

It's possible it just needs multiple listens to fully grow on me but I am right now on my third listen through it and each time I click play it's feeling increasingly like a bit of a chore to get to the end. Sorry.

If you are new to Amon Tobin's work this isn't the album to start with!

Note: It's currently £1 more on itunes for one extra bonus track however that 13th track doesn't really stand out as worth the extra quid.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Axtell on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
When Amon Tobin releases a new album I start to get a little excited. I don't know what it is about the man, he just manages to make consistently great albums, a rare thing for an artist 15 years into his career. A decade and a half has passed since Adventures in Foam, so can Amon still breathe new life into electronic music? Has the great innovator still go it? Yes, he is still the master innovator, but the rules have changed. Quite a lot.

Music he released 10-15 years ago is still being used in modern film and in that hour-long car commercial we love to watch on Sunday nights in Blighty (there is a cheeky nod to Top Gear in track 4). The sounds and techniques he develops now may not immediately have mass appeal, but they tend to mature over time. This album looks set to continue that trend. ISAM is a very futuristic album, one that may be a bit too ahead of it's time for many, but one that will stand the test of time like Supermodified and Out from Out Where. But unlike those albums, this album is the one that will test the fans.

Expecting the unexpected, the modus operandi of all Amon Tobin records, has become ironic in that his work is predictably unpredictable. So this album is business as usual, right? Sort of. This album seems to revel in being so different to his prior work that it seems to delight in building your expectations only to sweep the rug from under you. Out of all his work, this album mangles your expectations more than any other. But I guess we expected that. Frustrating as it first seems, I found the complexity to be mind boggling to the point where other records, his own included, seem basic by comparison.

But is this dashing of expectations a bad thing? I think not. It wouldn't be Tobin else.
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