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4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, yet addictive stuff, 18 Sept. 2003
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This review is from: Absinthe (Audio CD)
Fans of Aphex Twin's ambitious 'Selected Ambient Works Vol II' should check this album out if they can track it down. Championed by Mike Patton (whom he has worked with in the past), Naked City are maverick saxophonist John Zorn's 'ambient' project. I use the term 'ambient' very loosely here - most of the music is certainly not what you would call 'relaxing'!
Eschewing any attempts at song structure, rhythm or meter, Zorn and cronies have created a sonic assault on your eardrums quite unlike anything you will have heard before. Some of the tracks are almost noise, whilst others are so sparse as to make you wonder whether there is actually anything going on in them at all.
It isn't easy listening. In fact, at times, its downright difficult. But any fan of experimental music should give it a go. Its definitely a 'mood' album. I have to be in the right mood to listen to it, but when I've had a bad day, I can sometimes stick this on and it really chills me out.
Intrigued? You will be, when you listen to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tried the drink? now try this., 16 April 2008
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Michael Dalgleish "MdD" (Staffordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This is full of Colour, texture rich and warm and unsullied by melody. The opening track is the perfect invitation to continue. The music is found in the layers- there are no tunes in here. It is presented intertwined veiled and revealing, the overall effect is bottomless and very warm.
There is enough in this album to keep you listening for years, I should know because I have done so for over ten years now. Perhaps if you are new to Naked City, this could be your way in, there is none of the harshness that often characterises this genre.
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