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The Life and Times of Phoebus Brumal


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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 23
  • ASIN: B0001E5T2O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Fila's are some sort of a miracle. It's hard to comprehend where those mega-producers get their ideas from - I mean they throw their stuff at the masses as if it's lying in their backyard. Yet every release is full of twists and turns that sound fresh and new and in a way unheard before. 'Pheobus' is another masterpiece...

...although it had to grow on me. At first I expected it to be a bit laid back. Well, although it's definitely downbeat it's not dozy a la K&D Hanging out somewhere, resting your limbs, listening to some meditative beats - forget it! This album will have you on your feet flippin' away! Especially the first third of the album is devoted to fat drums and screaming guitars with 'Blowhole' being some sort of a climax. After that it goes into smoother waters...

My personal favourites are the pieces with blaring brass (namely 'Thatched Neon' and the ambient smasher 'Uberboff'). 'Madam Levefre' is one of the funkiest pieces of music I've heard this year.

Review

Filas back and it rocks! -- Shiba, Discogs, July 01, 2004

encompasses Fila's multi-dimensional ability to experiment with myriad diverse styles & sounds. -- Last. FM, 2004

nothing on this album is quite what it seems
-- Soul Seduction

one of the strongest full-lengths in dance music this side of the millennium -- AllMusic, 2005

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Already owning the majority of Fila Brazillias back catalogue inlcuding various mix and compilation excursions I purchased this album as soon as it was released on Amazon.
The previous release - Jump Leads, received mixed reviews from Fila fans mainly due to the fact that they had used vocals (shock horror) on some of their tracks. Had nobody heard their quality remixing of tracks like Radioheads 'Climb up the walls'?. Obviously not. Overall though Jump Leads was a fairly downbeat affair.
The Life and Times of Phoebus Brumal (LTPB) is on the otherhand a more upbeat affair and the starting track kicks off with a beat which rarely drops throughout the album. However, this is Fila Brazillia we are talking about here and the quality of each track is brilliant. Some of the tracks do include vocals so those of you who dissapproved of the vocals used on Jump Leads may want to steer clear of this one.
I do prefer the more downbeat stuff from Fila, but having said that this album provides a funky, uptempo lift if that is what you are looking for.
Keep it up boys!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Johnson on 22 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised to read a few folks did not groove to this new release. Now, if this is the first CD you have ever purchased of Fila, then certainly go buy Maim That Tune and Power Clown, and see what all the hype is about. For any true and longtime fan of Fila, how can you not like this? Sure, it is a little more upbeat than the standard Fila fare, but the tracks are all strong, and well produced. I count one dud on the whole CD, and even that is debatable. Did you check out the screaming guitar on Blowhole? or the heavy bass and drum lead-in on La Boulangerie Digitale? This track simply rocks and rates up with their best. Want something down? try the last track In the Kingdome of Sound. You don't like this? Are you crazy? For all those whining about how this new release is tripe, quit buying new Fila releases and just keep replaying Main, Mess, Black Market...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon J. Whight on 3 Feb 2005
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I think everyone found the previous release, Jump Leads, a bit TOO smooth for their liking. I have to admit, I'd been snapping up all Fila releases up until that point but just wasn't feeling it.
Seems like Phoebus Brumal is the complete anti-Jump Leads. The slick smooth funk is out the window, to be replaced by some seriously perky upbeat tracks. The mood of the album is similar to the uptempo disc of Brazilification 2.
Plenty of energy and vibrancy in all of the tracks on offer, however I still don't have those special stand out moments as when I'm listening to Maim That Tune, Powerclown or Braziliafication 1, but I'm glad to see that these guys are still firing these albums out AND contantly changing and shifting their sound.
Perhaps not the album to initially start your Fila collection off with, and trust me once you get hooked you will be building that collection, but a worthy return to form after a wee dip.
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