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  • Audio CD (25 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: High Wire
  • ASIN: B000G1ALSE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strange Procession
2. Want
3. Doges
4. Darker Room
5. Rock Paper Scissors
6. Tangerine
7. Light Star
8. Pond
9. Silverized
10. Pasadena (Pt. One)
11. Pasadena (Pt. Two)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 18 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
An ambitious album of contrasts, that showcases Michael Brook's wide-ranging musical vision. Here he is at the helm orchestrating a rich array of sonic colours and textures into an often profound album. I have long enjoyed the artist's collaborations with U Srinivas and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and this album covers some of that same ground, whilst exploring further into luxuriant territory. There is the fathomless singing of the Bulgarian Classical Choir and the Cosmic Voices Choir Of Sofia, and the might of the Bulgarian Studio Orchestra, Djivan Gasparyan's desolate duduk, Claude Chalhoub's phrasing on violin.

Some of the spaces are peopled by individual voices: "Pond" features Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and sounds like a step further down their shared path, out into ideas just beyond Night Song; Lisa Germano and Paul Buchanan sing lead on "Want" and the title track respectively, the album here veering into a more mainstream - if downcast - rock vibe; Ben Christopher sings briefly on the epic, detached drift through space of "Pasadena"; and a recording of Richard Burton reading extracts from Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood" is set to music on "Darker Room".

Michael Brook's infinite guitar roams through these soundscapes, a dark presence moving sinuously, sometimes I am reminded vaguely of Mike Oldfield, though the comparison seems tenuous on closer inspection, there are even unexpected traces of Hank Marvin in there. I like his use of the quiet between notes, it is as if they too are created by strings on his guitar, pieces of negative space. At times this journey takes on the feel of a soundtrack to some extraordinary movie yet to be conceived, or some chapter in the life of the listener still over the horizon.
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By Andy Long on 10 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I nearly missed this. I haven't seen any reviews. Michael Brook continues his release of fine albums. The music is varied and well played, and although I prefer his instrumental stuff, the vocals (particularly Paul Buchanan) are excellent. He continues to be one of the most underrated artists.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kan Cheuk Wa on 11 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am waiting this album almost ten years.

It is so interesting, it is not something very world or ambient.

But it is very pop.

I don't know why i use pop on this album.

But when i listen this album, I think it is not the past Michael's style.

It have more song.

It still very atmosphere and you can have a picture when you listen this album.

His trademake infinitie guitar is everywhere, but use in the pop way.

Michael has ask many musican to join and make the album more colour.

It is a nice album.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
sublime razors' edge 1 Aug 2006
By ironman of sand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a longtime and loyal fan of Michael Brook. I believe him to be a brilliantly innovative and creative musical force. I was extremely excited when I heard he was coming out with a long overdue solo release.

'Cobalt Blue' is still one of my all-time favorites and his collaborations with Nusret Fateh Ali Khan and Djivan Gasparyan are equally powerful and compelling offerings. All masterpieces.

Brook has such a unique way of structuring his compositions, and when coupled with his experimental sonic approach it's just breathtaking. So many unpredictable and engrossing sounds, but not in a self-important way. It is very mindful of the vast expressive sea in which he swims in.

Upon repeated listenings within the past few days, I have to say that that "RockPaperScissors" is very captivating and engaging. Though I also enjoyed it upon first listen, I somewhat agree with the other review below that it didn't fully sink in upon first listen. I'm glad it didn't. I usually find that the greatest work - music that penetrates deeply and lasts over time - usually has to possess this enigmatic quality. Michael Brook has captured it in spades.

I also read the critical review and see that person's point; the album at first is a bit wide in its scope. Yes, it is representative of Brooks' entire oeuvre, but in the best of ways. Even Brook describes it as a 'travelogue'. In the end, it absolutely adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, and thus, it is great art.

However, I don't believe that the particular reviewer who wrote that review allowed himself the pleasure of repeatedly listening to this sublime recording. There are many layers here, both sonically and vibrationally (if you know what I mean), which cannot possibly be absorbed in one or two surface listens. It is also important to be in the 'right' environment and headspace to openly receive this type of reverent music.

Having heard "RockPaperScissors" now seven or eight times I fully 'get it'. It truly is a masterpiece. In some ways better than other previous albums, but only time will tell.

Though I love the entire collection of songs, highlights for me are: "Strange Procession" is classic Brook, with abrupt changes in tempo and haunting guitar notes. "Doges" is a polished and primal ethno-trance sure to pull you into the jungle muse. The title track, "Rock Paper Scissors" even works for me; Buchanans' voice works perfectly with Brooks' sonic weave . "Light Star" perfectly builds into crescendos with the assistance of a surprising contrasted Bulgarian chorus. Again it totally works, very well I may add. "Silverized" is my favorite; it's just gorgeous and terribly beautiful. It reminds me a bit of Eno & Lanois' "Deep Blue Day" from "Apollo" soundtracks, which may simulataneously be the most inspiring and deeply sad song ever recorded.

I only hope we don't have to wait another 14 years for Brook to come out with another solo recording. He is far too gifted and amazing to just allow those he works with to take centerstage. Shine on Michael Brook! Thanks for all of your creative energy, it is very appreciated.

P.S. For those who may be interested, check out an interview NPR had with him on Sundays 'Weekend Edition' (July 30, 2006). Nice insight and very humbling indeed.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wow. 8 Aug 2006
By Jody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard Mr. Brook on Weekend Edition, thought he sounded like a great guy and I wanted to support him and his new album he spoke so eloquently about. RPS, as I call it now, came a couple days ago, and this might be a bit cheesy, but I believe this album to be magical. Somewhat a musician myself I am amazed at the seamlessness and gorgeousness of transitions every time I listen to any piece on this record. Brook very masterfully goes from electric guitar to an orchestra to a Bulgarian choir and it's so great that 1. I wish I had written it and 2. why doesn't everyone put a Bulgarian choir on their album!? It's just really beautiful. I can't even pick my favorite piece because honestly my answer changes every time I listen to it.

Supposedly this new album is a slight departure from previous works, if other online reviews are to be believed, and if it is, it is a departure to beauty and lushiness and exquisite detail that is so very worth listening to.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Really really beautiful 28 July 2006
By Tayst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time I listened to this new album I quite liked it but wasn't blown away. A fellow Brook fan told me to give it one more listen and as I did I was fascinated by a billion details that I'd missed on the first time around. I was amazed and yes, blown away. It's a gorgeous piece of work ---- Tangerine in particular. It's all stunning, really.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bold, Beautiful, Haunting 25 Oct 2006
By M. Penland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So compelling is this CD that on the rare occasions when the house empties, the first thing I do is turn on RockPaperScissors. It requires closer attention; one listening and you are entranced-at least I was. Then it resonates within you. Oh, Tangerine is so sweet and haunting. The Bulgarian Orchestra, Bulgarian Classical Choir, the Cosmic Voices- wow, it adds such a large dramatic sensation. I Loved Richard Burton doing Dylan Thomas in Dark Room. Bold, Beautiful, Haunting.
Not Michael's best 22 Feb 2013
By Michael J. Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Overall RPS is a good listen but it is not Michael's high water mark. For my taste Mr. Brook excels in the cerebral atmospheres he creates and the fertile ground he lays for other artists to play in. The lyrics for the title cut, which to me is the low point on the disc, are nothing short of puerile and the Resurrection of Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn for some background vocals is dubious at best.
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