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Romances

30 Nov 2004

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  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Invocations
2:52
2
Pitie Pour Mes Larmes
5:30
3
Aubade
11:16
4
L'absent
3:02
5
Crepuscule
4:08
6
Viens, Les Gazons Sont Verts
6:58
7
Seule
2:57
8
Pensee Des Morts
4:35
9
Nuit Silencieuse
3:18


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov 2004
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2004 Ipecac Recordings
  • Total Length: 44:36
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00261LQMW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,342 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is the guy in the review below on about? 29 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is ablum does exactly what it says on the tin, it is a romantic avant garde album from the master of the genre. Mike Patton is truely a work of art, his ideas in music have changed the way a lot of people think and he is forever pushing the boundaries. This album is no exception.
Initally this album doesn't feel like much, but on repeated listens (and I really mean repeated) you get so absorbed by the stuff on here. I bought this CD when it first came out that was over 6 months ago and I am still finding elements to this CD that I just didn't see or get before.
If you like a challenge and enjoy avant garde this one I recommend. For fans of Icelandic indie music as well, the same kind of washing feeling is all over this album. Plus kaada is bloody good, I love his strange popness. This one won't change your life but you have some good fun with it!
one word: Genius
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romancing 25 July 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A few tracks into "Romances," you'll probably find yourself asking the question: What movie is this from? With all that gothic ambience and sudden ups-and-downs, it sounds like the soundtrack from a surrealist vampire flick. As a result, it's a pleasant if unexceptional listen.

To some degree, it's what you'd expect of Fantomas frontman Mike Patton, when he collaborates with Norwegian melting-pot master Kaada. The opening song is a dense, built-up colossus of ghostly vocals (either high and creepy or deep and foreboding), weird synth and over-the-top organ. It sounds like Patton and Kaada are trying to scare you with the woo-woo effects.

That flavour sticks around in lesser forms in the songs that follow, which generally pair ambient effects, bells, steel guitar, electronic wibbling and some seriously sad songwriting. Patton is more restrained here than in his main band, and he is able to croon in a suitably mournful manner.

Despite the dark tone, there is some unexpected hilarity in "L'absent," which sounds like the Polyphonic Spree misplaced their meds. I've never heard "la la la" sung with such gloom. And "Pitie Pour Mes Larmes" mixes in hymns, uplifting pop with that ambient sound and some heavy crashing drums. Just try to classify that!

"Romances" is an interesting listen while it's actually on, but with at least half of each song made of gothic ambience, it feels somehow incomplete and insubstantial. A few songs have a solid sound to tap into -- such as the opening song "Invocations" -- but most of them meander with lots of creepy sound effects.

It is a pretty listen, though, with some solid instrumentation in the form of bass, steel guitar, drums, and clarinet, with multilayered washes of sound sweeping over it all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Fasctinating, and Weirdly Romantic 11 May 2005
By Robert Clifford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I would consider myself a semi-fan of Mike Patton's past work. I've loved albums such as Mister Bungle's California, but found much of his music to be self indulgent and clever, rather than inspired. Romances blows my mind, however. Overall, this work would probably best be described as a collection of soundscapes rather than songs; and within this context it suceeds brilliantly. Throughout this album layer after layer of shimmering instrumental and evocative vocal tracks create of mood that can only be described as dreamy, sensual and yes -- romantic! In fact, what Patton & Kaada may have produced here is the most bizzare makout album of all time! If you're looking to rock out stay away from Romances. But if you're in search of something different and could use a soundtrack for getting hot and bothered with the coolest and weirdest significant other possible, I highly recommend this album.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly romantic 10 May 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A few tracks into "Romances," you'll probably find yourself asking the question: What movie is this from? With all that gothic ambience and sudden ups-and-downs, it sounds like the soundtrack from a surrealist vampire flick. As a result, it's a pleasant if unexceptional listen.

To some degree, it's what you'd expect of Fantomas frontman Mike Patton, when he collaborates with Norwegian melting-pot master Kaada. The opening song is a dense, built-up colossus of ghostly vocals (either high and creepy or deep and foreboding), weird synth and over-the-top organ. It sounds like Patton and Kaada are trying to scare you with the woo-woo effects.

That flavour sticks around in lesser forms in the songs that follow, which generally pair ambient effects, bells, steel guitar, electronic wibbling and some seriously sad songwriting. Patton is more restrained here than in his main band, and he is able to croon in a suitably mournful manner.

Despite the dark tone, there is some unexpected hilarity in "L'absent," which sounds like the Polyphonic Spree misplaced their meds. I've never heard "la la la" sung with such gloom. And "Pitie Pour Mes Larmes" mixes in hymns, uplifting pop with that ambient sound and some heavy crashing drums. Just try to classify that!

"Romances" is an interesting listen while it's actually on, but with at least half of each song made of gothic ambience, it feels somehow incomplete and insubstantial. A few songs have a solid sound to tap into -- such as the opening song "Invocations" -- but most of them meander with lots of creepy sound effects.

It is a pretty listen, though, with some solid instrumentation in the form of bass, steel guitar, drums, and clarinet, with multilayered washes of sound sweeping over it all. And Patton's mournful wails are suitably creepy, just the sort of thing you'd expect in a haunted castle, abandoned palace, decrepit opera house, or something of the sort.

"Romances" is not exactly a revelation, but it is a moderately entertaining piece of gothic ambient music. Patton and Kaada could have done better, but at least they did well enough.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boardering hallucination 15 Mar 2006
By Mark Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album, because I'm a big fan of Mike Patton's work with Faith No More, Bungle, Fantomas, and Tomahawk. I know Patton is a complete nut. However, I was not familiar with John Kaada at the time of my purchase. Even though, I'm very familiar with Patton's other work, what this album had in store was very unexpected. It is possibly the creepiest, trippiest, most intriguing album I've ever heard. It is not for your average listener, by any means. This is the type of music that will take hold of one's mind, give extremely vivid hallucinations of what is going on, and wrap around the brain, squeezing it into insanity. There are abrupt dynamic and instrumentation chnages that will either confuse the hell out of you, or make you more and more curious as to what will happen next. Buy this album if you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster. It is one of the most interesting soundscapes in my collection. I personally love it. Most probably wouldn't know what to think of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patton and Kaada=amazing musicians 10 Dec 2004
By Matthew S. Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible album, its so layered with sounds and beauty, it would be hard to break all the sounds up and dissect them. My favorite tracks are pitie pour mes larmes, aubade, seule, pensee des morts. Parts of Aubade could be on Disco Volante and Dead Goon when the main section is over. Listen to this with the lights out with quality headphones and youre in for a quality time. NOw the question is, to get into the romantic mood, would you listen to this or Lovage...hmmm, for true love, I would say Patton and Kaada. For wild...you get the drift.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album 18 Jan 2005
By A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A great release. Kaada and Patton are in perfect form here. Not only is the album about literal romance (Kissy-kissy/I'll love you forever/Where did our love go? and so on), it is also about creative romance -- of musicians with music, and of musicians with other musicians. From Simon and Garfunkel and Rogers and Hammerstein, to Time Rice and Lloyd Weber, to a number of other composing duos whose names I forget at the moment -- playful homage is paid to all, while at the same time the totally unique duo of Kaada and Patton give us something we've never quite heard from either one of them (or anyone else) before.

Contrary to what some mediocre minded music mavens may say, this does not need a little spike, nor is it by-the-numbers Bungle. The people (you know who you are) who keep insisting on the latter have got to get over this delusion already, move on, get a new tic, reset the needle, etc., etc.

This is great music. Buy it. Listen to it. You'll enjoy it for years to come.
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