9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2001
Apologies in advance for sounding like an NME journo, but one of the things I love about this band is their almost classical approach. Jason Pierce has themes that run through his records, and this is particularly the case with Pure Phase.
It is music that is not in a hurry for anything, and the length of some of the tracks really gives him time to explore to explore his music.
Pure Phase is not really music at all - it's simply an electronic noise which is sort of the aural equivalent of watching Blue - can you see the background changing? Are there shapes in there? Is there stuff hidden inside the noise. This track leads into Spread Your Wings, which ends with strings to make your heart soar.
Not everyone's cup of tea, and overall, Ladies and Gentlemen is probably the stronger record. But this is my favourite (possibly because it has the least jazz/orchestral noodling/crashing of the records - he does get a bit self indulgent at times)
Give it a try and see what you think. They are a great band, albeit a criminally underrated one.
on 6 December 2012
...and that theme is pharmaceutical indulgence, to be honest.
"Let it Flow" is wonderful, worth buying just for this.
Not as good as "Ladies and Gentlemen..." or "Lazer Guided Melodies" (IMHO, their masterpiece)
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2000
Pure phase is,like the title suggests, a work of purety in emotion and expression. Songwriter/singer Jason Pierce wears his heart on his sleeve and this honest approach comes across in the hazy, elegiaclly beautiful music. It kinda reminds me of 2001: A Space Oddysey, but more in feel than any actual musical similarity. If you've ever fantasised about floating around in the limbo of Orion's Belt then you really owe it to yourself to check this one out.