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The Shape Of Things CD

John Foxx And The Maths Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metamtic
  • ASIN: B006VV1PGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Psytron
5. September Town
6. Unrecognised
7. Modreno
8. Falling Away
9. Invisible Ray
10. Vapour Trails
11. Buddwing
12. Tides
13. Astoria
14. The Shadow Of His Former Self
15. Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) (Featuring Matthew Dear)
16. Where You End And I Begin (Featuring Tara Busch)

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LAST FEW COPIES OF THE LIMITED DOUBLE CD Shape Of Things is a collaboration between Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). The latter is best known for his 2008 album Twenty Systems, which was described by Brian Eno as a brilliant contribution to the archeology of electronic music. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed Interplay album (2011), was recorded and mixed at Benge's studio in London. Like Interplay, it's the sound of analogue synthesizers and drum machines - and on one track feedbacking guitars played by Foxx himself. There's a raw, experimental edge to much of the material on the new album, which is linked together by a series of instrumentals. Although not overtly autobiographical, the tone of the songs is a lot more reflective and emotional than their previous work. Many of the lyrics explore feelings of loss over opportunities and lovers missed - possible futures that remain unlived. The electronic music created out of machines built 30 or 40 years ago creates an atmospheric, rough-edged accompaniment for this set of feelings and atmospheres. It's both analogue and forward-looking; echoes from the past but also still futuristic - a strange push and pull that mirrors the words perfectly. For the new shows Foxx and Benge will be joined on stage by two performers who are also solo musicians in their own right - Serafina Steer (Keyboards, Bass) and Hannah Peel (Keyboards, Violin). John Foxx formed Ultravox in the 70s and has worked with a wide range of artists including Brian Eno, Xeno & Oaklander, The Soft Moon, Krautrock producer Conny Plank, Paul Daley from Leftfield, Cocteau Twins guitarist, Robin Guthrie and I, Robot director Alex Proyas. Paul Daley (Leftfield)

BBC Review

Dennis Leigh is 63. His alter-ego John Foxx is, however, ageless. As alien-handsome as he was 35 years ago while inventing synth-pop with the first line-up of Ultravox(!), this Lancashire-born cult hero of electronica has, at various points, been a photographer, video director, graphic artist and designer of book jackets. But something always pulls Foxx back to his singular and hugely influential music, and his marking out of a territory involving analogue synths, discreet metallic rhythms, pop-meets-classical tunes, urban dystopia, and a feel of European existential angst and detached alienation from a world of humans he doesn’t understand – or perhaps understands only too well. Like many an 80s synth maestro and 70s post-punk, Foxx has stuck to his sonic guns, and seen the world inevitably come back around to his way of thinking. He has never seemed so relevant, nor sounded so modern, as he does in 2012.

Counting collaborations, compilations and live albums, The Shape of Things is Foxx’s 45th long-playing record… and this despite a 12-year hiatus from music between 1985 and 1997. The guy has a serious work ethic for a robot aesthete. Working with the youthful probably helps, and his latest band The Maths revolve around young producer, drummer and synth geek Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards, who gets equal pictorial billing on the CD’s inner sleeve, and surrounds Foxx’s elegant, gently angst-ridden croons with tinkling Kraftwerkian melodies and dark Korg and Moog undulations. Foxx’s metallic guitar shreds Falling Away, and a wistful doomed romanticism replaces his youthful obsessions with burning cars and underpasses. Small but telling shots of worldly wisdom abound: "They say talk is cheap/But I never found it so," Foxx gently insists on Talk and its Matthew Dear-assisted bonus revamp, Talk (Beneath Your Dreams). "The things that change our lives / Often walk in unrecognized," he muses on Unrecognised, amidst an album where fascinating possibilities continually disappear into doorways and down dark alleys, leaving the man in the stylish grey overcoat (a man this sad yet gorgeous could only be wearing a stylish grey overcoat) doomed to immaculate loneliness.

The Shape of Things is, by some margin, Foxx’s best album since Metamatic, the 1980 solo debut that has become one of modern electronica’s sacred touchstones. This is partly because, like fellow travellers Gary Numan and David Sylvian, Foxx never allowed himself to be dragged in the 80s nostalgia circuit for the want of anything better to do. But it’s also because, unlike everything else on Earth, synthesizers don’t age. These ancient gizmos sound as much like the future as they did in 1980, and so does the fantastic Mr Foxx.

--Garry Mulholland

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... great job of mister Foxx and Benge... 14 Oct 2013
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Great synth sounds and amazing music, coming from excellent musicians... highly recommended for those who enjoy music while retro and forward ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 25 May 2013
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love it lots of fresh ideas and tunes, highly recommended.

it has a mix of fast melodies and slower more ambient sounding tracks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Analogue Synths are Alive and Kicking!!! 21 Dec 2012
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Once again a brilliant cocktail of analogue synthesis from one of the original synth masters of the late 70's and early 80's.
This album will take you back to those days whilst still sounding fresh today.
Top tracks in particular - The Shadow of his Former Self and Unrecognisable just to quickly name two.
The guy's a genius!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to old school electronica 1 Jun 2012
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I have followed John Foxx in his incarnations with Ultravox (didn't like them as much after he went) and also as a solo artist, and found his picturescapes really interesting. If you listened to parts of "The Garden", you could see where things like "Cathedral Oceans" and the subsequent albums came from. Ambient, surreal and beautiful. But I missed the 'old' John, the one who gave us "Metamatic" and "The Golden Section" and tracks like "Running Across Thin Ice With Tigers" or "Twilights Last Gleaming".

Having signed up for newsletters from his record company, I got an email for "The Shape of Things" - checked a few reviews and comments were suggesting it was a return to the old school electronica so I bought it. "Interplay" was an excellent album, and "The Shape Of Things" certainly didn't disappoint me at all. There is the expected mechanical element to the music, very reminiscent of his early work, but there is more depth to it now - then again, technology has come on over the 30 odd years he's been around and he knows how to manipulate his creations to perfection.

If you want to take a look at how Dennis Leigh is getting on, check out [...]and try the album. Not sounding too bad for a 63 year old.............
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4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S OKAY BUT DOESEN'T KNOCK ME OUT 25 Mar 2013
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This new one from John Foxx Is very challenging for me to get into - it just seems to be kind of a weird, off center kind of recording that is way different from his early material which I love. But I have only given it 3 or so listens so hopefully it is a grower. Of course, Metamatic is just in a league of it's own...
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