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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot
Daft is the perfect album for those interested in the Art Of Noise's early days (and arguably at the peak of their invention). Basically an amalgamation of "(Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise" and "Into Battle With" (their debut EP) Daft is an awesome collection of noise.
The stunningly beautiful track "Moments In Love" also benefits from two remixes (including the...
Published on 2 Aug 2002 by E. Courtenay

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still okay
It's the 80's. People with art and music degrees know all about dadaism, musique concrete, found sounds etc. The DJs of New York don't, but they still make music that encapsulates those forms, but makes them dance. Makes them exciting, fresh, new. Takes them out of the stuffy lectures, and makes them slap you upside the head.

Enter the Art of Noise. Classically...
Published on 30 April 2007 by Pen


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot, 2 Aug 2002
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
Daft is the perfect album for those interested in the Art Of Noise's early days (and arguably at the peak of their invention). Basically an amalgamation of "(Who's Afraid Of) The Art Of Noise" and "Into Battle With" (their debut EP) Daft is an awesome collection of noise.
The stunningly beautiful track "Moments In Love" also benefits from two remixes (including the slightly disturbing "(Three Fingers Of) Love" complete with pre-orgasmic groans).
Together with the slightly bitter 'review' from one 'Otto Flake' (this collection was released after Anne Dudley and co. had left ZTT and gone on to poppier grounds with China Records) this is a fantastic snapshot of a band at the height of their prowess.
For a complete change of direction, check out "The Seduction of Claude Debussy"
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom Of Daft., 4 Nov 2003
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Leaward Seif (The Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
For a very eccentric and English take on the sequencer and sampler this is THE SEMINAL piece of electronic music production (made when 'lemon jelly' was only a feature of children's parties). If quirk is your bag -- if for example you're the kind of chap or chapess who wonders what it would have been like if Dre or the Neptunes had in some parallel dimension been Nietzsche quoting country squires with an interest in scenic picnics and equestrian sports -- then simply send nine pounds to those awfully nice people at Amazon and prepare yourself for an absolute revelation.
What can you expect in the way of musical moments for your money?
My particular faves...
Track 3, 'Beatbox' (Diversion 1) - Musical sketches involving tennis, underwater autopan antics and tacky trumpet fanfares over implausibly humungouse 80's drum beat.
Track 4, 'Army now' - W.W.II big band music abducted by aliens masquerading as the Beverly sisters.
Track 5, 'Donna': Eastern European SW radio music; low-fi throbbing of a most pleasing nature.
Track 8, 'Realization': Sharp organ figures like shards of golden light cutting through fuzzy brown arpeggios; like a lemon sorbet on a cold clear morning in a muddy grave yard.
Track 10, 'Moments in love': Love and a spanner! Clanging metal, subtle breathy pants and a hint of medieval plain song. Ableard sends his Heloise an e-mail.
Track 14, 'Snapshot': The cheapest casio gadget you can imagine sampled into a hideously expensive state of the art 1983 fairlight makes for happy pop ditty. Last heard sampled on TLC's 'Fan Mail' Album.
15. Close (to the edit) - Dodgy starter motor fires up rock'n'roll double bass riff, resulting in punk like shouts of 'hey!' and a poetic desire to 'be in England in the summer time with my love'. Title refers to shadowy Art of Noise link to band 'Yes'.
Interesting enough, but remember this is the same group of flannel trouser wearing, royal college of music graduating back room boffins who's debut E.P 'into battle' earned them a nomination for the best new R&B act in America in 1983; yes that's right 'R&B' as in black urban music! It rather like Miss Marple wandering into the projects and taking down the bloods and the kripes over a nice buttered scone and some earl grey!
Invest in this enigma.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remaster but not true 5.1, 13 July 2007
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Marc Comfort "britmarc" (Niigata City; Niigata-ken; Japan) - See all my reviews
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Tonal quality is pretty good for 'sampling' style recording, but maybe the master tapes were only 8 tracks and this surround mix is not discrete - as I would have liked - just ambience. This could have been a showpiece 5.1 mix with sounds flying around, but sadly it isn't.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 13 Aug 2006
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This is one of the best albums by (The) Art of Noise and this SACD release gives the album full justice. Now, we can feel Anne Dudley's footsteps walking through "Memento". And "Moments In Love" has never sounded better (except for Anne Dudley's version on "A Different Light").

If you have an SACD player, this is a far superior recording than the standard CD version.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Blessed Are The Noisemakers", 11 Feb 2006
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What happens when a bunch of classically trained musicians are let loose on a Fairlight CMI?
The stuff on this album is as old I am, and although it's definitely of the 1980s, it's got that timeless feel to it. Daft presents the sublime * Love series (a favourite background for chillout radio programmes that never gets the proper playback or acknowledement it deserves); Beat Box (Diversion 1), which Krypton Factor fans would find familiar; and of course, Close (To The Edit) with its playful use of "dum" and a starter motor. Yes, these guys sample anything and everything: a ruler on the table in Who's Afraid (Of The Art Of Noise); Stravinsky-esq hits and dying gasps in Flesh In Armour and How To Kill, respectively; and US psyops broadcasts from the Grenada invasion in A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid).
The inlay notes are typical ZTT (i.e., nuts --- c.f. The Seduction of Claude Debussy and Propaganda's A Secret Wish), dominated by an essay ('one bloody opinion') written by one Otto Flake explaining where the whole Art Of Noise concept came from, and what a shame it was that they abandoned Horn and Morely 'to pursue a conventional rock career'.
So what of those musicians? They make wacky, interesting music (or 'noise shots', as the album refers to it). And this is a nice album --- something of a lesson in electronic music. If you're not up for a lesson, it's still a fun listen. If you're not into fun, it's quirky and unique. Like it says on the back of the case, 'be happy or die'.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but strangely addictive......., 11 Dec 2004
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Y. Jones "devonshire lass" (Barnstaple, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Guess what? I was only about three when Art of Noise were first formed, but I can clearly remember hearing Close (to the edit) and being completely freaked out! But about 20 years later I started listening to their stuff and it got me hooked. If you asscociate Art of Noise with tracks like Close (to the edit) and Moments in Love, then this is the album for you. Each track is totally different (and sometimes rather disturbing - check out Memento and How to Kill and you'll see what I mean).
Tracks like Donna and Snapshot are great synth tracks with a lovely rich sound. If you loved the early days of Art of Noise, then this is an essential album for you to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2014
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J. A. Lille - See all my reviews
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easy to down load one of the classics
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ART OF NOISE..."Daft", 6 Aug 2009
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Davey F (Leicestershire,England) - See all my reviews
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Really worth the money this one. If you like The Art Of Noise, then this compilation is a must! For those new to The Art Of Noise, then you won't be dissapointed with this cd.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still okay, 30 April 2007
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It's the 80's. People with art and music degrees know all about dadaism, musique concrete, found sounds etc. The DJs of New York don't, but they still make music that encapsulates those forms, but makes them dance. Makes them exciting, fresh, new. Takes them out of the stuffy lectures, and makes them slap you upside the head.

Enter the Art of Noise. Classically trained, they are able to trace the forebears of hip hop. So they make an album that nods to the big beats of hip hop, then overlays it with arty stuff. It's all very musical too. It never goes for the throat or the feet like a hip hop track, it goes for the brain. It's makes clever little wry links between classical and hip hop. My, how Debussy and Grandmaster Flash would have got along! Ho ho ho.

At the time, this was heady stuff, and it legitimised hip hop too, becuase if big brains like this lot wanted in, it must be where the action is. But because they are bascially, excuse my language, A BUNCH OF SQUARES, they still try and put bits of the worst kinds of prog in there too. And they use the Fairlight, they can't scratch, and so, listenign to it today, half of the sounds on this album sound horribly, irredeemably DATED. Sampled voices going 'dum' and 'lala', that squelchy 80's sound, oh it's horrible.

For academics today, this is a nice link between Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel and the KLF's '1987 What the F is Going on' (which is almost like a drunken Scottish parody of this album), and the three best tracks still have their moments (Beatbox, Moments and Close) but it's not essential like Kraftwerk or Felix the Housecat that's for sure.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody oath, 14 Dec 2000
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
Bloody oath. This Album is the best blues album since lional richie's new single. It is awsome for drinking beer and eating bread. These guys are too good for music. They should make nutra-grain ads. God damn i need a coffee.
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