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5.0 out of 5 stars Just better and better
Unlike some of the previous reviews, I think this album has surpassed Tobin's previous albums. The album is striking and so rich with sound. Every listen really gets better and better. Original and very good music with a great dynamic and intensity.
Published on 31 July 2007 by SHEI

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's called the "Foley Room" for a reason...
Unlike his other work, this is less accessible and more avant garde than you might expect. Amon Tobin uses a much wider range of samples and effects than in his earlier work (hence the reference to the foley room) but somehow it's still trademark Tobin: lots of big beats, heavy bass and effects-laden soundscapes. As a hardcore fan, I was initially doubtful about it but,...
Published on 7 Jan 2008 by DaveW


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5.0 out of 5 stars Just better and better, 31 July 2007
This review is from: Foley Room (Audio CD)
Unlike some of the previous reviews, I think this album has surpassed Tobin's previous albums. The album is striking and so rich with sound. Every listen really gets better and better. Original and very good music with a great dynamic and intensity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amon Goes Organic, 10 April 2007
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This review is from: Foley Room (Audio CD)
Everyone seems to agree that Tobin is some kind of genius but that his albums are erratic. I know several people who've become disappointed with him over the last few releases. He seems so obsessed with the detail of sound manipulation that he loses sight of the compositional form. Although his best stuff is light years ahead of, say, Four Tet, Aphex or Boards of Canada, he lacks the focus that has made their music accessible. He also seems obsessed with distancing himself from the cinematic jazz chill out genre (which he practically invented) & feels the need to swamp his music with headbanging big beats. He probably sees this as loyalty to his hardcore rave roots & keeping up with the hip hop / computer games kids, but it sometimes comes across as a kind of bombastic heavy metal. Track 2 here (Esthers) is an example - a monstrous headcrunching riff interspersed with spacey cod exotica soundscape - a bit like Led Zep circa Physical Graffiti! (I once read an interview in which Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck declared themselves big Tobin fans). But surely Tobin should be aiming higher? The cover namechecks Astral Weeks - now that should be the standard!

Having said all that, Foley Room does mark another intriguing development. Stand out tracks for me include Killer Vanilla, Kitchen Sink, & the closing 4 track sequence. The live group/environmental sampling sources makes for a more organic feel - check out the Kronos drones on track 1 (Bloodstone) or the harp & twangy guitar combo on track 6 (Horse Fish). Certainly the variety & complexity of both textures & rhythms on Foley Room are pretty stunning and (to disagree with a previous reviewer) are shown up best on those "experimental" tracks like Straight Psyche where Tobin gives his music space to breathe & develop. And the album really "grows" after several listens. To sum up: if you are at all interested in Amon Tobin or contemporary electronica you should definitely get Foley Room - but you may like some tracks a lot more than others.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folley room?, 12 Mar 2007
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M. J. Axtell "Jimmy Luxury" (Exeter) - See all my reviews
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After having been a devoted Tobin fan for some years now, I still find it difficult to get bored of his music. Once I have finished listening to one album, I will quite happily listen to one of his others until I circulate them all. And then I start again. I do have a favourite, Permutation, but finding a favourite record by Tobin is so trivial as all his work is unbelievably good. There is no other artist that I can do this with. And this one will help extend the loop further.

Its always a special event for me to get his new albums, and here it is, his 7th album (if you include Adventures in Foam and Chaos Theory), and still this man refuses to make a sub-standard record.

Trying to compare this album to any of his other albums, or indeed any other albums full stop, is like comparing chalk to cheese in which one can run the hundred metres fastest, although there will be some people out there that will compare this to Chaos Theory. Maybe it should have been called Chaos Hypothesis.

Tobin is taking us for a different ride with this album. For hardened Tobin fans, a few things will be clear from the start. He's making more of an effort marketing-wise with this record with the new website and the packaging of the album, the tracks are a lot shorter and there are more of them, the album is his shortest to date, and it comes with a nice DVD to give you an insight into how he went about making the album for those that care. Oh, and it has been made in an entirely new way (for him, at least) where he has gone out with a sound engineer and recorded found sound and musicians to construct this record as opposed to creating it from just other records.

Is it any good? Yep. Its a fantastic album. Its quite easily the best thing I have heard this year so far, and I think its unpretentious noise-mongering at its finest, especially for those who like noise. Those that found his music a little innaccesible before should have a (mildly) better experience with this one and those that loved his work before will find something just as unsettlingly brilliant about this album. It will also appeal to those people that are interested by the creative process and want something a little richer in their aural diet and like being challenged by their music.

It is in essence quite a dramatically dark record, but this is what Tobin does best, and I wouldn't ever want him to change this. Its very spooky and confrontational in places, very quiet and subdued in others, and just an all round excellent electronic record period.

Althouh dramatic and dark, just like his prior outings, this record does lack an ingredient that was also missing from the Chaos Theory album (for good reason), and that his his sense of fun and mischief that made Permutation and Supermodified such classics to me. There is nothing as cheeky as Nightlife, or beautifully chilled as Natureland, or immensely daft as 4 Ton Mantis, but what this album does have is a bigger presence than either of those albums and I hope that is reflected in it's other reviews and sales.

So go buy the soundtrack to Amon Tobins mind. Even if it isn't this record you buy, at least check some of his work out. Music will never sound the same to you again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's called the "Foley Room" for a reason..., 7 Jan 2008
This review is from: Foley Room (Audio CD)
Unlike his other work, this is less accessible and more avant garde than you might expect. Amon Tobin uses a much wider range of samples and effects than in his earlier work (hence the reference to the foley room) but somehow it's still trademark Tobin: lots of big beats, heavy bass and effects-laden soundscapes. As a hardcore fan, I was initially doubtful about it but, after a few listens (and you will listen a few times, it's that intriguing!) it still pushes the right buttons for me. Not on a par with my favourite Tobin album (Bricolage), but he's bravely trying to push the boundaries and, for the fact that he has done something genuinely different and (just) pulled it off, I salute him. "Foley Room" is not recommended for newcomers though - if you want classic Tobin, go for Supermodified or Permutation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love amon tobin and want his babies, 8 Aug 2007
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no really i do cos i bet that when they scream and yell they so in the most hypnotic melodic manner, how does amon tobin keep managing to produce fine album after fine album and if thats not annoying enough his live shows are to die for.

foley room is amazing in sound and in concept, every listen reveals a different recorded sound its incredible, the tunes are awesome as always, the soundscapes are as epic as always, simply go out and buy this.
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