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2.0 out of 5 stars Why?, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: A New Kind of Man (Metamatic Live) (Audio CD)
Well, I wrote a long, detailed, review giving a track by track rundown of what is wrong here - and of course, my computer crashed.

So here is the short version. I have been a fan of Foxx's early works since the day they were released. I bought them on vinyl, and then on CD. Metamatic is an extraordinary piece of work.

I bought this CD partly based on the three positive reviews. None of them asked the question: "why"? But I was willing to let that go. I was curious, at the time of writing the original album costs HALF of what this version costs, so why buy this instead of, or as well of, that original album?

Now I know, and sadly the answer is that this isn't a worthy effort. I don't have an answer to why - why essentially remake the original album? Is it simply a monument to a retro tour?

The problems? The sound mix of Plaza loses the lead synth line. Foxx's voice is not up to it (maybe through extensive touring) and he clearly should have pitched the vocal lines an octave lower. His harmonies with Gordon are awful. He introduces ridiculous affectations in his vocal lines ruining tracks like "He's a Liquid". There is a laughably long wait for the "encore" to begin where we get to listen to handclaps for what seems like forever. The booklet is lame, I'm far too old to be impressed by black and white pictures - what excuse for having a single fold out booklet with NO text in the middle to give us some context?

At best, this is a pastiche of a collosal work. I was looking for a why - why do this? What is added? What value is there? For a tour this was, no doubt, a good move. However, for an album it was bad. In the end I'd have preferred him not to simply attempt to replicate the original, but to add something to it - adding some "la la la's" (no, I'm not kidding) to the end of a track just sounds silly.

And yes, I know this review will get criticzed and marked down as unhelpful. I counter by saying - it's important that potential buyers have a good idea of what they're getting into. Three glowing reviews don't tell the whole story, a balance must be struck. This is not a worthy release, and frankly just buy - or play if you already have it - the original album, it'll pay far more dividends than this bookend/momento.
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Initial post: 20 May 2013 09:40:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2013 09:40:54 BDT
Neil says:
I'd agree for the most part but would add that live albums in general lack the urgency of the original works. ANKOM isn't a total wasted effort though; as a tour memento it isn't too shabby and there is a raw vibe to the analogue synths on display here. My main concern with Foxx output as of late is the sheer amount of releases; mostly compilations of some sort that do include previously unreleased material to draw the punter in. Couple that with the many variations of Maths material and it all costs a small fortune. Personally I'd rather Foxx and peers like Numan stuck to mainly new material and stopped rehashing older material via deluxe editions, remixes etc. It reeks of profiteering and a distinct lack of originality...
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