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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point it out, 8 Jan. 2006
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Point (Audio CD)
Japanese avant-pop-trippist Cornelius (real name: Keigo Oyamada) had a hard act to follow after 1997's "Fantasma," an electronic masterpiece. But "Point" doesn't disappoint -- it's more experimental, spacier and almost hypnotic, a twist of rock, experimental electronica and dreampop.
"Point of View Point" may be the highlight of the album -- sharp guitar strums overlaid by some intermittent blasts of drums, an eerie bright hum and "left/right/left/RIGHT!" It's lush, sunny and memorable, and the sort of pop that sticks in your head -- in a good way, like a trippier version of the Beach Boys or Beatles.
There's a wildly different sound in "Smoke's" a bouncy funky groove and "Drop's" a strummy pop. Shifting the tone is "Tone Twilight," a dreamy slow pop song with an ambient touch. Then Cornelius does an about-face in "I Hate Hate" with a spray of abrasive electronics leading to some aggressive, bombastic electro-rock.
Rock. Trip-hop. Ambient. Blues. Lounge jazz. Funk. All are woven into this album, along with some wicked vocal samples and a sprinkling of experimental sound effects. All of this to apparently illustrate Cornelius's thoughts on nature and machines, clashing and yet musically intertwined.
The guitars and drums are absolutely brilliant -- one moment they're bluesy, then bombastic, then gentle acoustics. Laid over the basic bones is an array of electronic music -- the wavy wails of "Another View Point," discordant spray in "I Hate Hate," or sparkling blips of "Brazil." But Cornelius knows when to put the electronics in the backseat and just let the instruments take over.
He also takes it one step further by laying in samples like falling water or singing birds. The birds especially show up in the two-song cycle of "Tone Twilight Zone" and "Bird Watching At Inner Forest," which sound like a rainforest soundtrack. And the vocals are inobtrusive. It's not hard to hear them, but the vocals are so submerged in the mix that they sound almost like another instrument.
Cornelius shows again that he's a master of avant-pop in "Point," a worthy follow-up to the outstanding "Fantasma." Beautiful, eerie, and fiery, this is a definite keeper for indie-electro fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point by Cornelius is f'ing unique - and motherf'ing sublime, 26 Feb. 2002
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If you really like to reference your music, to comparasion shop, then Point by Cornelius would be Beck meets Felix Da Housecat meets Aphex Twin in a pop music exemplified by The Beach Boys. But! Point is f'ing unique, and motherf'ing sublime. Modern Art fans think Fluxus sings, in tune. Poetry types think Haiku takes on Concrete in Sumo. But! best of all, DON'T think - listen, be uplifted. Cornelius might have Art School writ large all over, but it works in some sweet, sweet tantalizing harmony. He has a peerless Pop sensibility - more accessible than, say, other Arty Popsters, Talking Heads at their momentary, momentous best. My advice - buy this album, But! Don't tell anyone, keep it lowkey, as it is one of those jewels amid the Brown Stuff of life you'll want to keep all to yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adorable, 7 Feb. 2002
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This album has it all for me. It has influences from the electronic masters of Kraftwerk to Air to Squarepusher to the bossa-nova of the 70s. Awesome!
It's sound is distinct and fresh inspiring you to get up and swing your hips as well as laying down and think about the origins of life.
Cornelius is for me the album of 2002, I can not see anyone topping this. The production is flawless, absolutely flawless!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for words - just listen to it, 28 Feb. 2002
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Think of the genius of Jason Pierce (minus all his angst) mixed with Beck's finer moments, flip things over to a wacked out Japanese cartoon world, and you're some of the way there. Some of the way.
It's hard to pick stand out tracks on such a fine album, but Drop (the current single) probably nudges it. To describe it makes it sound like the cheesiest of ambient tracks ever, but it rises well above the rest. Trickling water sounds and plops (or drops I guess) don't just pass by in the background, but actually form a section of the mid-tempo rhythm, Kiego's mumblings doing the rest. Whack this on, close your eyes and relax. For me, the second stand out track comes just after this in the form of Another View Point. This really does kick some serious ass: A great thumping baseline with guitars that wouldn't seem out of place on a Buckethead album. Crank this up and watch people jump around.
There's even a bit of Thrash for you metalers out there.
Basically, it would be a crime not to buy it. But as the "music fan from Cardiff" says - keep it shtum!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mor e of the same from Cornelius 'superb', 21 Jan. 2002
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Another great album from Cornelius. If you liked fantasma then you will not be dissapointed. From the crisp production to the sheer inventiveness of the songs this is a treat anyone who likes something a bit different. If you are interested by Chord structures/melody structures then purchase today. Soon to be Huge!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Point of View, 29 Jun. 2012
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Another album from the magical sound wizard from space by way of Nakameguro, Cornelius, "Point" is a fresh-sounding cocktail of interesting electronic noises, the kind of rock-styled music you'd be proud to take home and introduce to the family, and sounds from the natural world.

It starts off with the mysterious and tricky "Bug (Electric Last Minute)" which is a short introduction track with acoustic guitars and electronic distortion sounds, as if the titular bug has affected the magical Music Machine which Mr. Cornelius presumably uses to construct all the music he comes out with and caused it to become all glitched out.

"Point of View Point" could probably be considered the title track of the album and it's one of the more easily recognised Cornelius songs. (who can't recall that stoned-out dude warbling it in the street from the Sensuous Synchronised Show trailer?) Like pretty much everything Cornelius has to offer, it's one of those binaural sensations that really has to be experienced alone with a pair of good headphones.

My favourite track is "Bird Watching at Inner Forest" which unsurprisingly features the sound of birdsong. It's at once calm and exciting, mellow and up-beat, and really enjoyable.

Honorable mentions go out to "Drop", which tempts the listener with its infectiously funky chorus; "Another View Point", probably the most 'Fantasma-like' track from the album; and "I Hate Hate" with its earnest hard-rock stylings.

"Point" is like the mature older brother of the wildly successful "Fantasma". Buy it if you like music. Language isn't a barrier, particularly when every song has been translated into English for your reading pleasure within the booklet.

P.S.: I guess I should warn you about the incredibly high-pitched tones towards the end of the last track - don't come crying to Cornelius if your neighbour's dog goes mad and attacks a bunch of people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another View Point, 28 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Point (Audio CD)
Keigo Oyamada - aka Cornelius - has a curious sound that is at once lush and acoustic, but proudly synthetic and occassionally a little sterile. His mix of funky house, beach boy harmonies, garage rock and other electronic ephemera feels somehow both spontaneously breezy and painstakingly intricate. The digital production is so fine, so digitally clean you could eat off it, but is imbued with warmth and colour. At his best, on 'Brazil', Cornelius creates a perfect fusion of pop and electronic abstraction that points (no pun intended) to the future. At others, like the hypnotic groove of 'Drop' it is hard to gauge whether it is just a nice idea repeated over and over. Arguably you have to be in a suitably sedate and sunny mood to appreciate songs like this, to let them wash over you. As the Amazon review states, Cornelius seems to take - with a little tongue-in-cheek - some of the cliches of ambient music and imbue them with poppy playfullness. Sometimes, as on the closer 'Nowhere', it strays too close to the Cafe Del Mar chill-out it purports to be more sophisticated than, while elsewhere he even manages to make rainforest effects sound fresh.

Arguably - while the mood of the album carries nicely as a whole - there aren't enough truely stand-out tracks to make this a classic, but it is an engaging and atmospheric listen all the same. If you want something equally colourful and inventive from the land of the rising sun, try ooioo's psych-rock masterpiece Gold and Green. Alternatively, you might enjoy the breezy vibes of Damon Albarn's Mali Music, Bent's 'Everylasting Blink', or much of Fila Brazilia or Homelife's quirky output.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SUPERB!, 9 Sept. 2002
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I was recommended this album by a friend & being the trustingsort that i am, i ordered it & was surprised....no, STUNNED by the quality & diversity of this record.
From the word go, it grabs the attention of the listener & keeps you coming back for more.It's acoustic, electronic, harmonious, intricate, delicate but also powerful, it has everything you could possibly want from a record, its like NOthing you will have heard before!
I cannot recommend this album enough, for fans of rock, techno, breakbeat & swoony songwriting. Mainstream it is NOT! Everybody, and i do mean EVERYBODY should listen to this album at least once.
What else? hmmmm......this...........IS.............GENIUS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How is this album not more well known?, 19 Feb. 2011
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Richard Preston (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
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Absolutely sublime album with an almost breathtaking mix of musical styles from heavy metal to bossa nova, brought together with such deftness that it seems like the most natural mix in the world. Brilliantly produced; truly music straight from the heart.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornelius crossing the genres, 15 Feb. 2002
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Peter Cooper (Louth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Point (Audio CD)
Daft Punk's "Discovery" was probably the most innovative electronic album of 2001.. now for 2002, it's Cornelius' turn with "Point"
Unlike his French counterparts (Daft Punk, Air, St Germain et al), Cornelius uses electronics on real life sounds, short snippets of drums and voice to create a dizzying mix. So while many of his songs may have a structure familiar to Daft Punk fans, the overall sound is amazingly fresh.
After a brief introductary track containing numerous odd sounds, the album launches with 'Point of View Point', a collage of bossa-style chordal-voices, snappy drums, and acoustic guitar. Each part on its own is dull, but mixed together becomes as entrancing as any flurried Philip Glass piece.
The highlight of the album is the single 'Drop'.. It starts with the sound of water dripping everywhere, a bass drum, a guitar chirping away, and Cornelius cooing in the background. It then launches into a 'Gypsy Kings meets Daft Punk' style latin-dance-patter. Hard to define, wonderful to hear.
'Another View Point' is a Jamiroquai-esque funk instrumental, but with Cornelius' now-familiar cooing voice throughout.
The second highlight of the disc is 'Bird Watching At Inner Forest,' which starts off with a scene of birds cooing and chirping.. somehow Cornelius takes this scene and integrates the bird chirping into an intense electronic bossa-nova groove, with Cornelius providing yet more cooing and Japanese vocals. But, this is a bossa-nova track at heart, but with a techno style production.. yes folks, this is original stuff.
Other interesting tracks are the electronically-voiced 'Brazil' and the heavy-metal thrash 'I Hate Hate'.
So we have electronica/latin/bossa/metal and ambient styles on this disc.. Cornelius is truly crossing the genres, and this disc will delight any open-minded music-lover.
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