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Perdition City


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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jester
  • ASIN: B00005MKX9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Now here is a CD you must stop and listen to, even if you think wooah that metal stuff's not for me...
I swear that if you're interested in electro, jazz, pop, metal, atmo, techno, this is something you must own.
At first it has been seen as a "drum n bass"album, which it is not. It is actually a collection of tracks exploring the urban -postmodern- universe we live in. It's a lot of electronic sounds over synth spheres, trip-hop sometimes, beautiful always. You also have one track and a half that have Garm singing along. And if you're into metal you'll know that man is the most impressive singer in metal ever. If you're not into metal then you just have to know that his voice is soft but powerful, expressive and perfectly mixed.If you need a cd to chill out at night in front of your window, try this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dave on 27 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ignore metal, or reviews in metal magazines. Ignore Ulver's previous work, or their link to Arcturus. This is nothing to do with any of those things. Think Trip hop - Massive Attack, Portishead - and you're probably closer to the mark. But even that doesn't exactly convey the strange, part-minimalist, part-jazz, part-dance that you'll get with this album.
Not to let that put you off. Perdition city opens with some amazingly dirty sax playing, and heads onwards from there into swirling electronics. Throughout, clips of sounds, speech, engines and god alone knows what else drift in the background, making you think that perhaps this is the sound of those empty cities. There are few vocals - and those that do appear are mostly indistinct, with the exception of the largely spoken final track.
This might sound like some insane jumble - but, as with DJ Shadow and his contempories, the simple parts make for a form of music rarely heard. 'Lost in Moments' recalls Talk Talk, with faint vocalisations over sax and piano, 'Porn Piece' has the claustrophobia of Mezzanine. 'Hallways' is a simple repeating piano chord, but one which builds like Rob D's clubbed to death into massive beats (and is just as good). 'Tomorrow never knows' is another dark electronic workout. 'Future sound of music' is perhaps the best piece on the album, building from atonic bleeps into a monster of deep bass and choral keyboards. After this, 'We are the dead' is almost non-music, a couple of repeated chords with spoken words and random noises in the background. 'Dead city centres' compliles about nine different themes into one track, going from weird high pitched noises into 40s film music, into a saxophonist playing free jazz... 'Catalept' is a short piece of violins over beats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Batista-Pedro on 31 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Perdition City by Ulver is one of the most intriguing albums I have listened to in some time. On the cover is says 'music to an interior film' and like all good products it does exactly what it says on the tin. Listening to this album for the first time (late at night with headphones) I found that the music really did feed my imagination and provoke an emotional reaction. In places it does sound like a soundtrack, the use of the saxophone in the album opener 'Lost In Moments' sounds remotely similar to the dark jazz aspects of the 'Lost Horizon' soundtrack for instance. There are almost no vocals on this album but dont let that put you off. Having listened to this album many times now I cant imagine how any vocalist could improve the tracks on here. This album is about massive soundscapes and conflicting emotions- quiet yet intense, simple yet mysterious Ulver has created something truly unique and exciting. My favourite track on this album is 'The Future Sound Of Music' and I can only hope and pray that the prophetic title proves to be true.
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