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Lifeforms [CD]

Future Sound of London Audio CD
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Cascade 5:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ill Flower 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Flak 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bird Wings 1:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dead Skin Cells 6:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lifeforms 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eggshell 6:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Among Myselves 5:520.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  2. Spineless Jelly 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Interstat0:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vertical Pig 6:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cerebral 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Life Form Ends 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vit 6:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Omnipresence 6:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Room 208 6:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Elaborate Burn 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Little Brother 5:130.99  Buy MP3 

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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
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Life changing and Beautifull. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars high quality ambience 18 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest electronica album. ever. 25 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
in places it's upbeat (Lifeforms). in places it's scary (Vertical Pig). in places it's beautiful (Dead Skin Cells). in places it's hypnotic (Cerebral). in no place is it bad, filler, or even remotely unenjoyable. impossible to listen to one or two tracks without wanting to put the rest of the 90 minute double-cd on, this is truely a masterpiece
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Returned to this from years ago 5 May 2011
By Geeb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this from a library about 10 years ago, played it and didn't get it.
The second time I was completely hooked. Once it's in your head you're stuck with it and it's fabulous. Not quite chill-out, electronica or anything else but has a completely organic feel, synths or not.
Whatever it is, I love it. It not at all like Papua New Guinea (which is also one of my all-time favorites), but take a risk. It just gets better and better the more you play it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking stuff 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 27 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is music to lose yourself in. As with all FSOL music it's very freeform with a huge amount going on - little noises and voices which you only notice after a few listens are everywhere. The way to listen to it is to lie back with the lights off and allow the music to transport you into its world, and for the most part its world is beautiful. However, even now, after hundreds of listens, there's a moment in 'Among Myselves' (towards the end of the first CD) which goes right through me - a voice says (sampled from somewhere, I've forgotten where) 'I can hear myself, I think I'm a bit afraid. They were drowning me', followed by the most horrible, violating noise. Truly this is more frightening and shocking than anything off FSOL's 'Dead Cities', despite that album's much harsher sound. And though 'Lifeforms' would be great without it, I would argue that this one moment elevates it above any accusations of 'throbbing on the spot', as I heard one reviewer put it. Otherwise it's gorgeousness all the way. Similar in tone to '76.14' by Global Communication but much more loose and unpredictable, it's a work of genius that stands up against any electronic music of the time and is one of my favourite albums. This is a must if you're into this sort of thing. And if you're not, then this might be the album to convert you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica's 'White Album' 23 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
A sprawling double-helping of the finest that synthesisers and samples can offer. Like listening to the life on the ocean floor, or perhaps in the densest rainforest; this album is to take in at a long sitting. The melodies are there, the beats are huge; but by making them analog, organic, the sounds haven't dated one bit. This album could have been released anytime between 1976 and 2006, and we'd all still agree it's 'of its time'. In fact, the 'life' in the recording is the most interesting thing here. It's sound is a musical parallel to a wildlife documentary!

At once dark and uplifting, I remember one review from 1994 which described this album as 'having its own DNA'. I agree entirely; this is synthesised, organic, analog life, and it wraps around your speakers with its green, evolving branches. Let it develop!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best FSOL?
I have been listening to this great recording for nearly two decades. In that time it hasn't become tired or weathered. The test of time has shown this recording to be superlative. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anil K Solanki
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
I have had this cd on constantly now since i got it thats 12 hrs a day for over a month now i think. says it all if you ask me buy and love it
Published 15 months ago by Gary Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and surely a modern, electronic classic.
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. I. J. Guffogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing I'd ever heard before.
Courtesy of a flatmate I first heard this way back at uni. (Ta Windy.) I'll admit I didn't quite get it at first. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by BigRichie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of 90s ambient
One way or another, the early to mid '90s saw a commercial interest in ambient electronica which hasn't been seen before or since. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by Mr. R. Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes
A colossal waste of my time and money at the time. This is one of the worst albums i've ever bought. First album had some glorious moments. The lead off single from this was okay. Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by PHIL RICHARDS
4.0 out of 5 stars its still got it
i got this today.this is timeless music.its been a while since i heard this.15 years old and still sounds as good as the first time. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2009 by Shane Paul Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars FSOL lifeforms
Absolutely brilliant, i had forgoten how good this record is. If you remember FSOL then this is a must have.
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by moose
5.0 out of 5 stars An electronica classic
It's pretty much all been said here about this wonderful album. Disc 1 alone would be enough, but to add a more chilled second disc to compliment the first is just too good. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by Robster
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a work of Genius!
I bought this album when it first came out really on the strength of Papua New Guinea and i still play it more often than any other CD i have in my collection. Read more
Published on 27 May 2006 by Sj Winteringham
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