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4.0 out of 5 stars Music from inner space, 1 Mar 2001
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knowledeayton (Hereford, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fixed : Context (Audio CD)
Labradford are one of those bands of whom you always know what to expect. For some bands, this would obviously be a hindrance; in their case, it's most definitely the opposite. Songs that ebb and flow and barely change, that soothe the head and melt the heart. Opening track Twenty is a case in point, being nearly twenty captivating minutes of virtual staticness, although the LP's highlight is the marvellous David.

No chance of overkill with these guys either; Fixed Context clocks in at just under 40 minutes...and not a second of it is wasted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of Labradfords music, 5 May 2005
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C. Buchanan "Quaca" (USA) - See all my reviews
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Now mostly people write reviews who totally adore an album and will be very one-sided, this review may seem that way too, but when there is not a bad quality to this album how can one critique it?
TWENTY is an 18 minute opus that changes moods 3 times over and you won't even notice the transitions. Beautiful synth sounds soar over what seems like some sort of bubbling pit (that is the best way to describe it without hearing it), a sound I feel that was made by adding some effect to the guitar. The piece continues in this vain for 5 minutes then in comes a guitar sound and the song changes again. This is definitely the strongest song of the album and strangely unlike most releases it comes at the start.
UP TO PIZMO is a guitar oriented track that is very much of Labradfords traditional sound, the guitar plays a melody with synths complimenting and adding texture underneath.
DAVID starts similarly to the previous track and follows a similar path but this time the synth begins a more dominant role as the guitar takes a back seat. Ending with some subtle white-noise and unique sequencing.
WIEN is the final song on this and a very calming sound too. Again as the prior 2 there is the unique Cooder-esque guitar sound. The shortest of all the pieces (weighing in at just under 6 minutes) it has so much space to it than the other songs that you just don't want it to end, and when it does you wish you had hit the repeat button on your stereo.
Easily the strongest of Labradfords albums and definitely a good starting point for new people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Mood-Music, 5 Jan 2007
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D. Newton (Swindon, Wilts) - See all my reviews
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Yes, `Fixed Context' by Labradford is recorded by Steve Albini and released on Blast First but this is no rock noise-fest.

Using the sparsest of guitars, percussion so minimal it sounds like your resting heartbeat and restrained synth washes the band create delicate, soothing soundscapes. Perseverance and patience are rewarded because on initial plays this record sounds insubstantial. Give it time though, and the gossamer threads of melody contained within each track emerge.

`David' is perhaps the strongest track but the 18-minute opener `Twenty' is impressive in its subtle changes of mood and direction; the atmospheric synth sounds here remind me of Angelo Badalamenti's score for `Twin Peaks'.

There is not much variety on the album but at 37 minutes long this is not a problem. `Fixed Context' is beautiful, soothing mood-music: make time and space for it in your life.
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