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  • Audio CD (23 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000025FFV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Dead Skin Cells", "Cerebral", "Spineless Jelly": the song titles on the second full-length from U.K. duo Future Sound of London (a.k.a. Gary Cobain and Brian Dougans) almost read like chapter subheadings from a Biology textbook. And not without reason. Evolving beyond the florid environmental techno of their previous Accelerator and the hit single "Papua New Guinea", Lifeforms concentrates on Future Sound of London's painstaking construction of tiny, crystalline arrangements of organic sound. Guest stars include Curve's Toni Halliday, percussionist Talvin Singh and guitar pioneer Robert Fripp, but you'll be as hard pressed to identify their individual contributions once they've been diced and folded into the mix. Too animated to be tagged "ambient", yet not as propulsive as earlier Future Sound of London offerings, the intricate charms of Lifeforms proliferate with repeated listenings. --Kurt B. Reighley

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bilbobagginslr@aol.com on 16 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
After listening to a previous Future Sound of London CD, and hearing them on many hypnotic video's I felt compelled to search for a CD for myself. What a CD!! The whole compelation has been put together as if sown by hand, its offers through out a continual journey into ambient extacy. It must rate for me, in the top five of all time CD's. Though not a CD for wild parties, a must for anyone who likes to relax. Enjoy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mike.hume@btinternet.com on 23 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out in 94,95. And after listening to it for almost 6 years I am still unsure under which music style to classify it, be it ambient, prog dance etc. One thing I can tell you though!!!, is that it is quite possible one of the most mezmorising albums i have ever heard in my whole life. Listen to this album at night when the house is quiet and all the lights are off and it will transport you away from all the troubles and pressures of ordinary life to a place of beauty and relaxation. I have spent alot of time listening to this album whilst driving my car at night and that is an experience I can only describe as Mezmorising. This album changed my life, let it change yours!!!!!.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes an album is made and it captures the very essence of magic. Lifeforms is one of the best examples of such a piece of music. This is electronic music, but not dance orientated. It's the kind of cd you put on when you want to explore the confines of your own head. Darkly introspective and challenging, it wont be the prefered choice of Ibiza leaning clubbers. It's far too intelligent for that. After a decade, it still stands out as one of the leading examples of mood altering electronica. Listen to it and take a journey into outerspace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. J. Guffogg on 25 Nov. 2012
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Whether or not now is the right time to splash out on this album is down to you. If you're at the stage where you are still out nailing the clubs, then you may want to hold out buying this for a few years. Everything is fairly downtempo, much more trip hop, ambient and, like an electro symphony. This definitely moves in a more orchestral way, with lots of wave like pianos, choirs and, enormous sounding string sections.

There is definitely no absence of big beats though, but think booming hip hop drums and very 90s british feeling tribal rhythms, not fast jungle breaks or four to the floor techno or disco flavours. Samples abound as do what must be original gorgeous flowing synthesisers and spaced out, beautiful guitar work. This is probably most like eno, massive attack's blue lines, gus gus' album, polydistortion and cold cut. in fact, if you like cold cut, i'd say it's virtually impossible not to like this - at least after a few listens.

But, there is definitely more here. This really is one of those perfect and uniquely innovative post modern journeys into the total fusion allowed by modern technology and the cut and paste mentality that really took hold as electronic music evolved. From a compositional view, think of this as essentially reinventing classical whilst keeping choirs and orchestras but adding, dreamy airy effects, modern synthesisers, sampling.

Essentially, this is a great album that everybody should like but if you simply prefer faster more aggressive electronics this is not for you.

If you really like the laid back aphex twin stuff like volume 1 of selected ambient works and tracks such as, Alberto balsam, just go for it. Some of the reviews here say it takes repeated listening, while it could be regarded as challenging, i enjoyed from the get go - its hard not to with something this melodic, beautiful, strange, innovative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Simper on 2 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is like nothing else I've heard, even from FSOL. I must admit I wondered what on earth I'd bought when I first heard it, but once I'd got to the end I got it. Swirls of ambient noise give way to some of the most beautiful electronic melodies you can imagine.

It's got loads in common with classical music, you have refrains that pop in and out at various points throughout the album, in fact they even sample Pachabel's 'Canon in D' in 'Domain'. This isn't a pop record. You can't just stick it on whilst you wander round the house and expect to like it. You have to actually sit down and listen to it as a whole to appreciate just how amazing it is.

Highly recommended, but the recommendation comes with a warning to expect the unexpected!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Baker on 28 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
One way or another, the early to mid '90s saw a commercial interest in ambient electronica which hasn't been seen before or since. Classics of the era appeared from Global Communication, The Orb, The KLF, Spacetime Continuum and Biosphere, each bringing something different to the table. Somewhere between these various approaches lies FSOL's Lifeforms, possibly the most impressive and essential disc of the lot.
FSOL always took sampling as the basis and start point of their music, and it is as evident here as ever. The first thing to hear on the album is a minute of unusual sounds (sampled from Ozric Tentacles, among other sources), from vocals and flutes, to nature sounds and gurgling synths. Finally, when the piece - Cascade - gets going, we are treated to five minutes of shuffling beats and airy synths. It's a beautiful opener, and the track sets the tone for the rest of the two disc, 19 track album. Unusually structured ambient techno pieces (Lifeforms, Vit) lie alongside experimental soundscapes (Bird Wings, Little Brother) and epic synthscapes (Eggshell, Spineless Jelly), all neatly woven together by the duo's vast sample library, with aeroplanes soaring over and rivers gurgling beneath. The overall feeling is exotic - aural pictures of deserts, rainforests and savannas are all painted - but the album never veers into new age redundancy, keeping a dark, sinster undercurrent running throughout the record.
It is all too easy to wax lyrical about the images that come to mind when listening to Lifeforms, but I shall limit it to saying that it is the most incredibly visual, stimulating album I have ever heard.
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