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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edsel Records
  • ASIN: B002OHD752
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I remember feeling slightly disappointed when I first bought this album, though I can't for the life of me remember why now. Over the last couple of years, I've listened to this more and more and now it ranks as one of Foxx Favourites.

John certainly wears his heart on his sleeve for this one and his Kraftwerk influence/aspirations come to the fore. The thing is though, and don't tell the Dynamic Duo from Dusseldorf, this album is a hell of a lot better than Tour De France Soundtracks which came out in the same year. All the usual Foxx elements are there, tales of the city and the loneliness of living in one.

There are some incredible tracks here, highlights for me are Cities Of Light, Night Life and the incredible Camera. He does have his tongue firmly in his cheek for Invisible Women, which certainly bears a passing resemblance to Underpass, but doesn't deserve the hysteria from other reviewers.

This album is remarkable, personal and minimal.
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By A Customer on 12 May 2002
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Although some people are never going to like John's style, the criticisms levelled at the previous album ('Shifting City'), eg. that the beats are outdated, certainly don't apply here. John and Louis have pared the sound down to a timeless Kraftwerk-Numan-Foxx simple beauty. I've only had a few listens but A Funny Thing, Camera, Cities of Light 5, Uptown/Downtown and The Falling Room are all original and great. Invisible Women and Quiet City aren't so original but they're an excellent reworking of familiar themes. Way to go, guys.
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All the write-ups I've seen of Foxx's new CD mention a return to the Metamatic days. But to me this CD sounds fresh and new, not cold like Metamatic but full of lush, fragile melodies set over a base of germanic proto-Kraftwerk beats, Travel being a good example. Camera is beautiful and sad even if I keep thinking of Cher's vocals on Believe. Are there any other artists who sample themselves so outrageously as on Invisible Women? Cities of Light is upbeat and full of wonder, hardly the post-apocaliptic world of Metamatic or The Garden. There is a hint of the Cathedral Oceans in the sampled voices and especially the synths on the last track Quiet City. A fabulous, mature piece of work for modern city living.
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By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2002
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John Foxx's releases tend to be few and far between but whilst they remain as good as this new title, they will be worth the wait. Foxx again joins with his cohort Louis Gordon to bring us a dramatic album which turns the everyday (driving your car, an air-flight, looking through a photo album) into dramatic poetic music. John revisits his love of analogue synthesisers to present a soundscape full of energy and tension.
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2002
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Having literally just unpacked this CD and sampled every track,I am convinced that the track Quiet City is the 21st century equivalent of the track The Garden.A mixture of the textures of Cathedral Oceans with a Metamatic feel has produced in my opinion one of the greatest songs John,and of course Louis,has written.An absolute gem.
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Without a doubt his best work since 1980. Excellent tracks include, the Falling room,Quiet city and Invisible women which draws an obvious influence from Underpass. The work is less clinical than Shifting city and places John back in his rightful place as a shining star in the field of the synth scene.
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Edsel have always done a great job with Foxx reissues, and have decided to 'swamp' the market with a batch of more recent material previously issued on Metamatic (often in limited editions). This is no exception, as fans get: 2 CDs (more on that later) plus a beautifully expanded booklet (the original was simply a single fold-out). It's good to see the lyrics plus additional images.

The original album is an interesting shift from Foxx of old to the more industrial sounds of "Crash & Burn" and "From Trash", all with Louis Gordon ably assisting. As it was only released in 2002 it was already well-mastered, ofcourse (John would not allow anything shoddy to come out with his name on it).

So, the 2-CD expanded version offers us a 2009 'version' of the album (a tad longer) and the 'original' release plus 2 extra tracks from the time. The 2009 version includes 4 alternative mixes in its 11 tracks, and the write-ups indicate John remixed the album himself. I'm not sure what I was therefore expecting, but I am a bit disappointed that aside from the 4 different tracks mixes listed the rest of the album sounds, ahem, identical to the original release.

Oddly the original was digitally mastered at Serendipity studios by their named engineer, whereas it appears all the material has been mastered (again) by someone else at a completely different studio. As such this makes it very dificult to spot any differences John may have applied, when compared to the original Metamatic release.

Maybe its just the mastering that's different, as I have carefully listened to 2 faves ("Funny Thing" and "Falling Room") and have yet to spot any differences in the overall mix quality. I'm hoping someone else can spot, and review, some!
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The body of work produced by Foxx and Gordon over a decade or so is almost all excellent, and this is perhaps one of their best. True, musically this does owe much to Krafwerk pioneers, but also acknowledges their influence on both musicians here.

The present two-disc release is a curious choice - the two discs don't differ by much. But the content throughout is top quality, and this is a good place to start with Foxx and Gordon.
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