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Empty The Bones Of You
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2008
...which isn't to say Clarence Park is bad, it's not, it's excellent. It's just that this is incredible.

Here, Clark has really found his vein. 'Holiday as brutality' is an immense tune, stunning. Everything else just feels right. Intelligent, engaging, challenging and beautifully contructed. The beats are measured nicely against the melodic content, the soundscapes are enveloping...

It's also a classic example of why physical releases are so much better than MP3's. The artwork is jaw-dropping, it's a fabulous experience grabbing this from the rack and pressing play...

This is IDM as polished as it come, and I love it. Well done, Chris.
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on 12 January 2004
At first listen the album is almost frustrating. You get hints of superb and complex melodies which burst in and out of the songs. The opener 'Indigo Optimus" is beautifully detailed and builds up into an spine tingling cruscendo. On first listen I was particualrly excited at this but after four or five bars it cuts out rather awkwardly and is slightly dissapointing. But after each subsequent listen it only adds to the beauty of the track almost teasing you. This concept seems to ring throughout the entire album and you get used to it.
"Holiday as Brutality" is one of the stand out tracks; dark and detailed. What amazes me is the offkey notes which seem to fit so well together. The beats are amazing also, each bar slightly different.
The two opening tracks tend to be more structured and following these are the more experimental electonica which improve with every listen; eerie and dreamy and tend to move from loud to quiet. With each listen the melodies tend to become more and more apparent and this only adds to the enjoyment of the album. The beats are amazing also, blending rhythms and time signitures but somehow still fitting them together.
"Umbilical Hut" I found was the most listenable track to those who find it frustrating. A gorgeous light combination of bass and xylophone with an unusual but fantastic melody arrangement.
The closer and perhaps my favourite song, "Gob Coitus" has an awesome gritty bassline which is cut up throughout and moves into perhaps the most mind blowing build up to an outro I have heard. This is the part which sticks in my head after every listen.
An album as detailed as this is always going to be a difficult listen at first but the more you get your teeth into it, you realise that Chris Clarke is definately up there with the rest of the warp greats. Sheer Genius!
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yep i broadly agree with the other reviewer -Chris Clark clearly knows his IDM , Autechre et al + "empty the bones of you " does have some excellent + inventive tracks with a whole host of clever programming tricks , layers + beats BUT the momentum + inventiveness just isnt maitained with several tracks from mid way onwards starting to sound far too sluggish, samey + lack lustre.

so far - i much prefer his later "Growls Garden" EP for its far more uptempo , evolved + more varied styles. and the bass line on the title track is THE dirtiest ! but Empty is disappointingly downbeat / too "noir" for me.

good in places, but not startling.. go for Clark's "body riddle " or "growl's garden" EP instead. or Clark's big influence: Cristian Vogel 's "dungeon master" which is a masterpiece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This album's tremendous! I havn't heard 'Clarence Park' yet, but thanks to this album I'm gonna! The album's full of skittering beats and huge, epic noise, and is reminiscent of other Warp artists like Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin. A must buy for any fan of electronic music. The Warp roster just keeps getting better!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2004
I probably got more mileage out of this CD that anything else I bought last year, at any rate. This is on-your-own, dark and quiet room, chunky-headphone music that will trap you for an hour and not let you out. Some of the most graphic and engaging sounds you might hear for a while.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2006
Chris Clark is, I think, one of the finest electronic musicians in the world today. His production and compositional skills are absolutely first-class and although clearly influenced by warp legends past and present this does not compromise the uniqueness of this album. The tracks, and the album as a whole, evolve beautifully, juxtaposing technoesque workouts against sweeping ambient soundscapes that leaves the listener stunned. This album has an emotional content unmatched by any other electronica album I have heard (although aphex's SAW is a serous contender). And yet the consistency of this album surpasses even aphex. All in all a deeply satisfying listen, sometimes beautiful, sometimes hard and frenetic, but always extremely intelligent and finely crafted electronica. I love it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2004
I bought this having been captivated by the sound of the second track "holiday as brutality". This is the stand out track by far and a great piece of techno hence 4 stars!
Mr Clark is a talented man but this recording seems a tad disjointed; almost as though he is experimenting with several styles and can't decide which one to major in.
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