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Surrounded By Silence

Prefuse 73 Audio CD
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Guillermo Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73 is set to release his first album in nearly two years, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, available worldwide April 14, 2009 on Warp Records. The album will be available in CD and digital formats. Ampexian's first single, "Preparations Kids Choir" will also be available of the forthcoming EP, The Forest of Oversensitivity, due out Summer ... Read more in Amazon's Prefuse 73 Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ind
  • ASIN: B0007INYYO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Said All I Need to Say About Them Intro - Prefuse 73,
2. Hide Ya Face - El-P, , , Ghostface Killah, Prefuse 73,
3. Bad Memory Interlude One - Prefuse 73,
4. TV Versus Detchibe - Tyondai Braxton, Prefuse 73,
5. Expressing Views Is Obviously Illegal - Prefuse 73,
6. Pastel Assassins - Alley Deheza, Claudia Deheza, Prefuse 73,
7. Pagina Dos - The Books, Prefuse 73,
8. Silence Interlude - Prefuse 73,
9. Now You're Leaving - Camu Tao, Prefuse 73,
10. Gratis - Pedro, Pedro, Prefuse 73,
11. We Got Our Own Way - Kazu, Prefuse 73,
12. Mantra - Tyondai Braxton, Prefuse 73,
13. Sabbatical With Options - Aesop Rock, Prefuse 73,
14. It's Crowded - Claudia Deheza, Prefuse 73,
15. Just the Thought - Masta Killa, Prefuse 73,
16. Correcion Exchange - DJ Nobody, Prefuse 73,
17. Hide Ya Face [Reminder Version] - Prefuse 73,
18. Morale Crusher - Beans, Prefuse 73,
19. Minutes Away Without You - Prefuse 73,
20. Rain Edit Interlude - Prefuse 73,
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen up Pharrell 24 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
After an initial lot of hot bother over his One Word Extinguisher LP, it was starting to seem that Scott Herren's (aka Prefuse 73) distinctly jarring style of spasmodic hip hop had nowhere left to go. His last set of releases and remixes indicated that his music was running out of things to say except show off that impressive programming technique. One reviewer was wondering if it was now just a pre-set on his computer. In short, he was becoming a victim of his own innovation.
Or at least he would have been, had he not moved to Barcelona, met the singer Eva Pueylo and made some sweet, sad Catalan songs under the alias of Savath and Savalas. The albums he made under this guise (Aprop'at and Manana) had no bearing on his Prefuse methods. This seems to have totally reinvigorated his Prefuse work, and given him a chance to see it from an outside perspective, perhaps to get less overwhelmed by those juttering beats and to let the melodies shine through more, to think more about song writing in an old fashioned sense.
I say all this because this is exactly what Surrounded by Silence sounds like. It is an excellent record. Even better than One Word Extinguisher, which in comparison seems limited in scope. Prefuse has got the big guns out for this LP, and must be determined that his sound be heard by a wider audience. Just look at the collaborations: Ghostface, Masta Killah, GZA, TY. Big hip hop names who clearly have an appreciation for Prefuse's methods (not so surprising, a glance at One Word's sleevenotes show that Destiny's Child are fans of Herren's music).
But this is not just a celebrity guest record. Herren has clearly put a lot of hard work and emotion into this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top CDs of 2005 at the mo 21 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
This has been one of the joys of the year for me. Repeatedly finding its way into my CD player, I've not got bored of this album at all. In fact, with each listen it gets better and better, sounding fresher and more brilliant the more I hit the play button.
I like to think of this as hip hop as seen through the eyes of Autechre's Gantz Graf machine. The opening few tracks of the album treat you to some intricate splintered samples that fly around your ears. Expertly produced so that it doesn't sound like a jumbled mess, the Prefuse 73 mastery of samples comes from a different school of thought to the seamlessly slick RJD2 and DJ Shadow. Samples fly in like ricocheting bullets, tearing through in reverse before timestretching away into the distance. I love the way the tracks crash into each other, almost like when you flick round radio stations quickly to be confronted by a bit of country and western before a crackle of static occurs and switch to another genre hits you. Its sometime surreal but highly compelling, it has the cLOUDDEAD ideal that any noise is worthy sample material and it can be treated in any way Mr Prefuse sees fit. Things like taking the 'groany moany' adlibbing from a vocalists singing and piecing it together in a bizarre rhymic melody, classy and original. Plus you get the perfect split between the instrumental experimentalism and the slightly more straight laced MC led tracks featuring the likes of Aesop Rock.
With the sun starting to make its presence known, this is a perfect album for the summer vibe. It has the ability to hold your attention from album beginning to album end, catching you up in soaring walls of sound and laid back grooves. A top one this and no mistake.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F*** the biters 24 Mar 2005
By C. Flora-Tostado - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I never expected to be saying this, but this is already my favorite GSH release. Even better than the delarosa+asora discs and vocal studies. May even be his least revolutionary step musically, however the energy felt from listening is unmatched in Scott's repertoire.

The strengths really occur during his collaborations with other artists. That really isn't an enlightening statement since almost the whole disc is collaborations, however, the energy and creativity that results when these brilliant artists come together propels this album into something truly special. When you're done with these 21 songs that's exactly what you'll know you're holding: something special.

I am afraid that this album isn't likely to get the cred it deserves though. The sad fact is that Scott has never had more eyes on him after his last Prefuse album got so much publicity. I know this album will be well received for those introduced to this style of music for the first time, but i dread the hardcore fan backlash that will cry Scott went pop. No not "pop" music, but the fact alone that this record will get huge exposure.

The reason for this lunacy is the fact that Scott uses the same hip-hop skeleton as his other Prefuse outings and those familiar with his work will recognize the Prefuse flavor immediately (there are even a few sounds in here borrowed from his earlier work). If you think this album is any less than One Word Extinguisher because the emotional weight is absent, you're just missing the whole point.

alright, i'm over that...

This is truly a remarkable album.

The artwork in the booklet is a nice metaphor for the album. On the outside the package almost looks like the dark back alley version of a jay-z video. The Hollywood production is cast in deep contrast and we're left with a creepy, almost menacing version of the flashy production we're used to in hip hop mainstream these days. That same contrasting light reveals the unevenness in the model's upper right arm and we're exposed to all the flaws (and a scar) that would normally be hidden.

Scott's barely visible in the pictures himself, but as a presence over the music he is the photographer - never seen, always present. In the music contained here he is woven into every nook and cranny, he is the contrasting flash, the lens focus, the head-chopping crop artist...

Scott develops his greatest snapshot portrait of hip hop here and in the process proves that all the mainstream music around him just adds up to silence.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rather huge mixed bag, but ultimately rewarding 5 Jun 2005
By Max - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever since his first album "Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives", Scott Herren, the man behind Prefuse 73, really sounded like the man that would change the way hip-hop music is perceived, mostly focusing on the musical aspects of it and merely using the MCs as a chopped and diced musical instrument part of his monster-like musical creations. When I heard One Word Extinguisher, I was blown away. Even though it was less complex than its precessor, it contained enough digital trickery and emotion to satisfy a programming nerd or just a well-minded music fan. It was definitely one of the top albums of 2003.

On this latest album, Prefuse 73 takes quite a different approach. Even though the track listing still bears the Prefuse 73 signature with that there are 21 tracks (with some of them being shorter interludes), where things mostly change is with the collaborative aspect of this album. While the previous albums had guest appearances (such as MF Doom, Sam Prekop, Diverse, Mr.Lif and others), there are guest appearances everywhere on this album, the most notable being Ghostface, El-P, Tyondai Brazton, Claudia Deheza, The Books, Aesop Rock, Masta Killa, GZA, DJ Nobody, Beans, Broadcast and... well, you get the picture. This makes for an eclectic, yet hard to stomach album. Mostly because there's so much music in there that it becomes dizzying. It really is impossible to get a proper opinion of that album on only one listen.

The cooperative aspect of the album, as said earlier, gives mixed results, but the collaborations that success here really do propel the album high upwards. "Pastel Assassins" is a wicked tune, featuring trailing loud snare accents all over the place enhanced by the vocals of the guest vocalists. "Pagina Dose", featuring the Books, is a quite entrancing little number, featuring exotic sounding guitars and some chopped vocals over Prefuse 73's signature drum beats. "Gratis" would be most likely Prefuse 73 at his best, mixing his trademark glitchy beats with nice melodies as well as some unexpected turns through its running time, such as the massive jazz workout happening near the middle of the piece whereas the closer song "And I'm Gone", which somehow managed to feature 3 guest appearances at the same time, is a terrific showcase of psychedelia mixed over some nifty jazz drumming.

However, the collaborative aspect do show it's failures mostly in the rap songs' department. Whereas Prefuse 73 did manage to make and produce some good straight-forward rap songs on his previous albums (Black List and Plastic being the most noteworthy picks), most of the songs here fall flat due to Herren trying to satisfy his guest vocalists rather than to satisfy himself. Hide Ya Face, for instance, is a rather annoying song in which neither Ghostface or El-P manage to stand out in a good way, delivering completely off-beat, insipid rhymes complemented by El-P shouting "Hi-hi-hide-hide ya face!" once in a while. Luckly, the instrumental remix that comes after sheds some better light on the rather ill single song. The other biggest offender would be "Just The Thought", which mostly suffer from a similar fate, having it's MCs spilling some really sloppy dialogue over the somewhat intriguing production.

"Now You're Leaving", featuring MC Camu on the vocals, almost sounds like a straight R&B tune that almost eschews Prefuse 73's glitchy approach altogether, but at least the vocals do add up to the song and this fellow has a quite pleasant voice, as well. Aesop Rock, who already appeared on Prefuse's first album, is back on "Sabbatical With Options", a quirky, yet fun tune that do feature some humor. "Moral Crusher" with Beans would have to be the better rap collaboration on the disc, with him delivering interesting rhymes and a rather charismatic voice. It's a shame that this song just acts like an interlude as it's just 1 minute long.

While Prefuse 73 might have been a bit over-ambitious with this album and certainly could have got removed some fat off his album to make it more packed and organised, removing some of the embarrasing moments and some of the songs where Prefuse 73 just recycles previous ideas of his former albums and do little else (such as Silence Interlude's use of One Word Extuinguisher's opening fanfare and his rewrite of his song "Detchibe" that results in the track "Ty Versus Detchibe" featuring Tyondai Braxton) would result in a great album. As it stands out now, it's a bit uneven, but there are enough great moments through this CD to keep you listening all the way through. If you're a Prefuse 73 fan, this album will sit nicely on your CD collection alongside your other CDs and newcomers might enjoy that album, as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 17 Oct 2006
By Zack Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've owned this album for a long time and listen to it very, very often. I love it. The various songs on this album have changed the way I listen to music. A must-have.
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 23 Nov 2013
By Paul Strickland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm dissapointed in this album. It consists of a mash up between different artists, and is a complete and utter mess to listen to. This album is next to impossible to DJ with. There is no consistency, or rhythms to play around with on the mixing tables. If you are going to listen to Prefuse, try uprock narratives, or one word extinguisher. Surrounded by silence is a crash and burn folks.
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence 2 Mar 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On SURROUNDED BY SILENCE, Prefuse 73 takes a much more aggressive approach to hip-hop than on his earlier album. Certainly, vocalists have a more expanded role. Though the sound is much thicker -- listen to the layers of hiss on "Ty Versus Detchibe" or the multitude of instruments on "Expressing Views is Obviously Illegal" -- not all the lyricists, especially cliche boastful ones like on "Hide Ya Face," helps his cause much. (On the other hand, the vocal-less version of "Hide Ya Face" sounds like it could have come from Herren's Savath & Savalas project.) The female vocalists on "Pastel Assassins" adds a note of calm in an otherwise busy track. Kazu Makino (from 4AD's Blonde Redhead) offer her ineffably sad vocals to "We Got Our Own Way." And the banjo twang on "Pagina Dos" is impossible to ignore, as are the mournful horns on "Gratis." "Minutes Away Without You" carries in the emotion. The final track, "And I'm Gone" is wonderfully dense, almost chaotic, but it suits the album well. Surronded by silence? Not likely.
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