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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024N9E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This U.K. duo's landmark ambient techno album Lifeforms (1994) explored lush jungle vistas. Its follow-up opts for a much darker urban nightmare motif that makes it an ideal soundtrack while reading William Gibson. Progressive rockers by any other name, FSOL are highly respected innovators who rate with Orbital as the genre's leading exponent. --Jeff Bateman

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I would give this 4.5 stars. This album is probably the darkest and most introspective album I have, and the textures - and atmospheres - it creates are mind-blowing. I prefer the upbeat tracks like "Dead Cities" and the big beats of trip-hop "Yage" and "My Kingdom", I guess because the more ambient ones are to me slightly counter-active in that they are too dark to be relaxing like most ambient dance music. This album is really scary to fall asleep to (esp. track 5) and at times is pretty melancholic but sans depressing which is good. Dead Cities is definately an album as opposed to a collection of tracks, since (not meaning to sound pretentious!) the continuous and complementary moods it creates as an LP are as important as the music in any given track.
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Really, how in the world do you describe a piece of music like this?
it is tricky, as the Future sound of London manage to create a musical adventure quite unlike anything else, and though made in 1996 it is timeless stuff, that production wise if you told me it had been created 50 years in the future, I'd believe you.
genre wise, it's kind of difficult to place anywhere- with the sound being more of a continuous journey through various soundscapes,both subtle and gentle and then angry, beat riddled and aggressive.
I'm really not too sure about how the tracklist works out, I am thinking that maybe the whole album is set out more like a symphony, and each well 'part of a track' is like a new movement (There are sometimes upto three tracks inside a track...)- confusing? well yes, I was tearing my hair out trying to figure it all out!
Dead cities, as it seems to be, is a journey through a cold desolate world perhaps set in the future or maybe now, it expresses the attitudes and feelings of people and situations that may be very well be apart of everyday life in a 'dead city' it melodically conjures up anything and everything and creates a fairly dark and depressing mood, But it is friendly and uplifting in places, perhaps showing the ray of hope in a world that doesn't seem to have any left...
musically you will hear quite a variety of stuff here, from the sounds of children playing in a park right over to sad, wailing gothic choirs, from lush saxophone sounds to exotic Greek instruments, as I said before, there are gentle and friendly moments in this album, but mostly it's often chilling and sinister, with a lot of the sounds being quite horrifying, (the sound of a child whispering "Make me believe I'm not going to die..." in a hushed demonic tone is frightful!
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i am listening to this cd right now as i write this review. and i will be when you read this. its a testiment to human achievement pure and simple. that after 6 years this album has still not aged in the slightest and is so rich and varied is incredible.
this album is an ambitious ride into dark ambient music. purposful and sometimes up-beat, it has been the inspiration in works for orbital as well as global communications '76. 14'. also featuring a sample of lawrence fishburn in the ace 'dead cities' track!
funky, moving, evil, morose, compeling, uplifting, sad.....an absolute masterpiece
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FINE TWISTED BREAKS N CHILL TECH ACID Not too complicated then! :)) As it kicks in it's rough and hard with samples of RUNDMC and oldskool rockin beats tearing up and slamming down with surreal other worldy soundscapes from the galaxy. As it progresses it simmers a little get's ambient and lush then takes you back up with more slammin acid breaks. Its a roller coaster of dark fun. You can see where The chemical brothers may have been influenced as it does remind me of their stuff. Well worth buying if you are a bit of an underground nutter. Who knows where it might take you?
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Dead Cities is a magical CD, an album that ceases to be music and instead metamorphosizes itself into what you find it to be. I wish I could explain what makes this CD so wonderful, and I wish that the other reviews were able to do it as well but alas, this is a CD that refuses to take credit from anyone but the person listening. The reason why this CD cannot be explained is because it is a human odyssey and each of the tracks on this CD leaves a different mark for each single listener, every time it is listened to. The only help that any review could offer is this - if you like introspective and personal music or if you are a fan of ambient music, this CD is for you.
There are only five CD's I could not live without, and this CD is one of them. Every time I listen to this CD and its never-ending textures I love it more, and find myself believing that I wouldn't be the same without it... this is simply one of the greatest musical triumphs of the whole 20th century - take the challenge and see if you agree!
As well, pick up Lifeforms - on a quiet and relaxing night, listening to Lifeforms and Dead Cities back to back makes for a night that becomes just as interesting as anything you could have done outside of home...
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This album is a testament to advanced creative thinking. It always was ahead of its time, and i think it still is almost 8 years on. Nothing else exists that sounds anything like this.
Having been an FSOL fan for much of my life, i have never been compelled to write anything about them. Til now, mainly because of the fact that they are still going strong and their music is just as lush and atmospheric as it was a decade ago.
Where to begin. Dead Cities is the only record i have ever sold, probably due to the fact that it was seriously creepy, disjointed and a little bit worrying, especially when accompanied by the artwork, which was a little too apocalyptic for my tastes when i was 15 years old and still listening to Apollo 440.
What a pleasant surprise it was to reaquire this record 6 years on since parting company. FSOL don't make music like most people do. Their live show is a testament to that. It can only be described as a living, breathing soundscape (anybody with the Lifeforms EP will recognise this), which changes frequently and evokes all kinds of emotions, from fear to joy. The attention to detail is quite staggering, the only other artist that springs to mind with such vision is Amon Tobin.
Daker techno moments surface with Herd Killing and We Have Explosive, which are probably the most accessible tracks on the record. Lesser known gems include Vit Drowning and Yage, a stunningly beautiful section of four tracks which include Everyone in the World..., My Kingdom, Max and Antique Toy. This particular section of the album is the backbone of it, where the rest of it fleshes it out perfectly and provides cohesion.
The closer is a gem. Just when you think all is said and done, FSOL have one last thing on their mind.
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