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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... great job of mister Foxx and Benge..., 14 Oct 2013
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Great synth sounds and amazing music, coming from excellent musicians... highly recommended for those who enjoy music while retro and forward ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great, 25 May 2013
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chris wray (BROUGH, EAST RIDING United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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love it lots of fresh ideas and tunes, highly recommended.

it has a mix of fast melodies and slower more ambient sounding tracks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Analogue Synths are Alive and Kicking!!!, 21 Dec 2012
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Once again a brilliant cocktail of analogue synthesis from one of the original synth masters of the late 70's and early 80's.
This album will take you back to those days whilst still sounding fresh today.
Top tracks in particular - The Shadow of his Former Self and Unrecognisable just to quickly name two.
The guy's a genius!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to old school electronica, 1 Jun 2012
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I have followed John Foxx in his incarnations with Ultravox (didn't like them as much after he went) and also as a solo artist, and found his picturescapes really interesting. If you listened to parts of "The Garden", you could see where things like "Cathedral Oceans" and the subsequent albums came from. Ambient, surreal and beautiful. But I missed the 'old' John, the one who gave us "Metamatic" and "The Golden Section" and tracks like "Running Across Thin Ice With Tigers" or "Twilights Last Gleaming".

Having signed up for newsletters from his record company, I got an email for "The Shape of Things" - checked a few reviews and comments were suggesting it was a return to the old school electronica so I bought it. "Interplay" was an excellent album, and "The Shape Of Things" certainly didn't disappoint me at all. There is the expected mechanical element to the music, very reminiscent of his early work, but there is more depth to it now - then again, technology has come on over the 30 odd years he's been around and he knows how to manipulate his creations to perfection.

If you want to take a look at how Dennis Leigh is getting on, check out [...]and try the album. Not sounding too bad for a 63 year old.............
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S OKAY BUT DOESEN'T KNOCK ME OUT, 25 Mar 2013
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This new one from John Foxx Is very challenging for me to get into - it just seems to be kind of a weird, off center kind of recording that is way different from his early material which I love. But I have only given it 3 or so listens so hopefully it is a grower. Of course, Metamatic is just in a league of it's own...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intelligent music from Foxx, 30 May 2012
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This is one of John Foxx's best albums. He does seem to have hit top form with his new collaborator Benge. But don't listen to me - the press have said it all. Mojo, Q, Record Collector, Uncut, Artrocker, Vice, FACT and many more all seem to love this album as much as I do!

'Perfect synth pop.' 5/5 Artrocker (Album of The Month)

'The Shape of Things is consistently absorbing, as good as any of Foxx's early-80s benchmarks.' 4/5 Mojo

'Foxx has rediscovered his musical touch. It's the man who triumphs over the machines.' Q Magazine

'He has never seemed so relevant, nor sounded so modern, as he does in 2012.
The Shape Of Things is, by some margin, Foxx's best album since Metamatic. ' BBC Online

'The Shape Of Things is an absolute triumph.' 4/5 FACT Magazine

'More introspective but no less gripping than last year's Interplay'. 8/10 Vice Magazine

'His most startling, contemporary-sounding music in years.' The Quietus

'There's an aroma of Bowie's seminal Low here. Another great LP from John Foxx.' 4/5 Record Collector
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff, 25 Mar 2012
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Love this album and great to see it getting such fantastic reviews too:

'From exultant motorik to giddy Depeche Mode-like synth pop to the macabre
'Talk', The Shape of Things is consistently absorbing, as good as any of
Foxx's early-80s benchmarks.' 4/5 Mojo

'He has never seemed so relevant, nor sounded so modern, as he does in 2012.
The Shape Of Things is, by some margin, Foxx's best album since Metamatic. '
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'This is a record of utopias and dystopias, perfect synth pop. It's also an
entirely human record though: the common theme that emerges is one of
corrupted memories: failed relationships are visualised as futures that
never came, while even the most robotic of tunes feature traces of blue
skies and ocean.' 5/5 Artrocker

'With such an intense creative zeal at the moment, John Foxx is continuing from
strength to strength.' 5/5 DMC World

'By the power of JG Ballard's Roland Juno standing under an autobahn flyover
in Berlin in 1973 in the cold war rain wearing a fedora - it's a new John
Foxx album! Having gone through 360 degree electro rehabilitation recently
(with the help of East London analogue synth archivist Ben `Benge' Edwards)
Foxx has not only rescued himself from being a footnote of 80s night
nostalgia but has re-established himself as a synth pop artist of note and
proto hauntologist. More introspective but no less gripping than last year's
great Interplay.' 8/10 Vice Magazine

'The Shape Of Things is rooted in the classic electronic pop tradition but
sounds thrillingly contemporary.' FACT Magazine

'A retro-futurist show of bubbling electronics and dolorous laments.' 7/10
Uncut

'There's an aroma of Bowie's seminal Low here, especially on 'Unrecognised'
which comes fuelled by techno bubbles, striking synth lines and a
mournful vocal invoking loss. Another great LP from Foxx.' 4/5 Record
Collector '

'This is an album packed with proper tunes as well as atmosphere. Foxx's
vocals might sound as detached as ever, but he also demonstrates an ear for
an infectious melody on 'Tides' and the elegant 'Vapour Trails', which catch
him slotting neatly into a gap between Gary Numan and David Sylvian.
Electronic music, currently enjoying another resurgence, owes him a
considerable debt but it also feels eerily like an album very much about the
now rather than an album about the past.' 3/5 The Arts Desk

Over 30 years since his first excursions in the field, John Foxx is still at
the very top of his game; his collaboration with Benge and The Maths has
crystallised all that experience and craft into some particularly special
pop music.' 8/10 DIY

'The electronic pioneer shows how it's done. Foxx's talent for melody and
lyrics hasn't left him, and songs like the almost folky 'September Town'
and the stuttering waltz 'The Shadow Of His Former Self' are in a direct
line from 'Europe After The Rain' and 'The Quiet Men.' Anyone tempted by
recent electronic music and who wants to see it done by one of its
originators would be well advised to nip by here.' 7/10 Classic Rock

'Foxx is a man whose creative touch paper has been well and truly lit in
the last two years. The Shape Of Things is an incredibly assured piece of work,
machine-like in its execution but revealing a soulful, tender exterior that we do
not often seen from the former Ultravox man. It suits him well - and on this
evidence further rewards will soon follow.' 4/5 Musicomh. com

'The Shape Of Things is full of emotion, intensity and avant-garde twists.'
8/10 Hi-Fi Choice
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANALOGUE SYNTH HEAVEN, 10 Feb 2012
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THE SHAPE OF THINGS BY JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS IS THE SUPERB FOLLOWUP TO LAST YEARS REALEASE INTERPLAY WHICH RECEIVED WIDE SPREAD PRAISE AND DESERVEDLY SO. HERE WE HAVE WHAT I WOULD CALL PART TWO IN THE STORY WHICH AGAIN COMBINES VIVID WRITING SKILLS ALONG WITH EXCELLANT MUSICIANSHIP. JOHN FOXX IS A COMPETENT AND EXPERIENCED MUSCIAN BUT HE HAS OVER THE YEARS COLLABORATED WITH OTHER MUCISICIANS SUCH AS LOUIS GORDON TO GIVE US GREAT ALBUMS SUCH AS THE PLEASURES OF ELECTRICITY. WITH INTERPLAY AND THE SHAPE OF THINGS HE HAS JOINED WITH ANALOGUE SYNTH MASTER BENGE AND TOGETHER THEY ARE PRODUCING MUSIC WHICH RESONATES ACROSS MUSICAL GENRES SUCH AS 90'S INSPIRED DEEP ELECTRO - TECHNO MUSIC THROUGH TO EARLY SYNTHESIZER BASED MUSIC FROM THE 80'S AND LATE 70'S. THEY HAVE ACHIEVED THIS IN A WAY THAT MAKES THIS MUSIC VERY MUCH IN KEEPING WITH OUR TIMES BUT OFFEREING A RETROPECTIVE VIEW INTO THE PAST. THIS ALBUM COMES AS A TWO DISC SET THE FIRST OF WHICH FEATURES FOXX GIVING VOCALISATION TO SEVERAL TRACKS INTERSPERSED WITH SHORT INSTRUMENTALS. THE TRACKS REAR VIEW MIRROR AND A SHADOW OF THE MAN ARE REALLY WELL CONCEIVED. THE SECOND DISC CONTAINS REMIXED VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM THE INTERPLAY ALBUM THE HIGHLIGHT OF WHICH HAS TO BE THE EXTENDED VERSION OF INTERPLAY WHICH IS SUPERB. THIS IS A WORTH WHILE PURCHASE TO ADD TO ANYONES COLLECTION OF JOHN FOXX MATERIAL BUT I FEEL IT'S APPEAL IS WIDER THAN HIS OWN FAN BASE. THIS ALBUM DOES HAVE A DARKER FEEL THAN THE INTERPLAY ALBUM HOWEVER THIS THE NATURE OF THE MAN - EVERCHANGING AND EMOTIVE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mint, 1 May 2013
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