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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... ambient music is often overlooked - but no less beautiful for all that - the Cathedral Oceans series, 5 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Codex (Audio CD)
John Foxx's ambient music is often overlooked - but no less beautiful for all that - the Cathedral Oceans series; three albums with Harold Budd; My Lost City; collaborations with Robin Guthrie and Theo Travis. Ghost Harmonic is one of his best so far - rich, warm analogue synths and violin; darkly textured and increasingly addictive with every play. I have a feeling this slow burner is going to be increasingly recognised as a standout in ambient music in years to come.

Semi Detached
Semi Detached
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkest - and possibly best - yet, 2 April 2015
This review is from: Semi Detached (Audio CD)
Brilliant lyrics, a great mix and light and dark tracks. 'The Fall' and 'Bloody Hell Fire' are probably my favourites but there's plenty on here to love. A new chapter for Blancmange. Lots more to come I hope!!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of Foxx, 25 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Metadelic (Audio CD)
At last, a compilation hat delves into warm, lyrical side of Foxx's music. Much as I love the cold automat, what makes Foxx unique is that there is a quiet depth and diversity to his catalogue from icy electronic music to the music of cathedral oceans; from Ultravox's early swagger to the blue skies and summer hazes of the Golden Section and beyond. CD2 finally documents early BBC sessions and extended 12 inch versions on CD. The promos on the DVD are of their time for sure but retain a certain charm. It's the music though that really tells the story here.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant third album, 18 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Evidence (Audio CD)
I love this album - the darkest of the 3 by John Foxx & The Maths. But don't take my word for it, this release has been enjoying some wonderful reviews from the UK media:

'Foxx's creative fires still burn white hot.' 4/5 MOJO

'His best music since the glory days of Ultravox and Metamatic.' 4/5 UNCUT

'A collection of possibilities; attractive angles and alternative futures.' THE QUIETUS

'This is probably Foxx's most superior post-Ultravox album to date. Long may his creative renaissance continue.' BBC MUSIC

'Evidence is the kind of timeless electronic album you can dream inside.' 8/10 CLASSIC ROCK

'Foxx's legacy has come to be revered. Foxx's third album with The Maths provides plenty of evidence why.' THE WIRE

'Escapist, dreamlike; glowing with sprawling analogue paranoia.' 8/10 BARCODE

'Another terrific lesson in analogue synth magic.' 8/10 VICE MAGAZINE

'John Foxx & The Maths are poets of electronic music and this release remains vibrant throughout.' ARTROCKER

'Dark and unsettling.' 4/5 CLASSIC POP

'Simmering in exquisite fashion.' 4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR

'Foxx's compositions exert a compelling fascination.' 4/5 DAILY MIRROR

'This Dark Lord of Synth still wields fearsome power.' Q MAGAZINE

'An album that hangs together beautifully.' 4/5 VIVE LE ROCK

The Shape Of Things
The Shape Of Things
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff, 25 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Shape Of Things (Audio CD)
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. '

'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

'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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Torn Sunset
Torn Sunset
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ambient beauty, 11 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Torn Sunset (Audio CD)
Gorgeous - in a word. Travis' rich, liquidy playing flows through the album while John Foxx goes in search of melodies within the big swirl. It's intelligent, intricate stuff that rewards each listen.

Golden Section ( Deluxe Edition)
Golden Section ( Deluxe Edition)

4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic psychedelia from 1983, 1 May 2011
Although The Golden Section wasn't as good as Foxx's first 2 solo albums, Metamatic, or The Garden, ideas still flowed thick and fast. Twilight's Last Gleaming is one of his finest songs and Annexe is a brilliant B-side now included in this 2 cd edition. Ghosts On Water, Endlessly, Someone, A Woman On A Stairway, Sitting At The Edge Of The World - all great tracks. Intelligent, ambitious, melodic and with a nod to a future that would eventually include The Stone Roses and The Chemical Brothers, this is a flawed but enjoyable album, strengthened by an impressive second Cd of B-sides, out-takes and previously unreleased songs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year!?, 23 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Interplay (Audio CD)
This is the first collaboration between electronic pioneer John Foxx and analogue synth collector and musician Benge. Apparently they started working together with the intention of making ambient or Krautrock-styled instrumentals but they ended up writing a whole batch of songs with old synthesizers and drum machines. The weird thing is how fresh and modern it sounds in lots of ways. It's like a classic take on the likes of Telekon (Gary Numan) or Travelogue (The Human League) but with a contemporary twist. And the artwork is beautiful too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering electronic music, 15 May 2010
This review is from: Metatronic (Audio CD)
For fans of electronic music, this album is a must. I think the most impressive thing about it is that it reveals some great music from the 90s and last ten years that Foxx has created - From Trash, Never Let Me Go, Broken Furniture, Automobile -fantastic stuff.

Cathedral Oceans I And II
Cathedral Oceans I And II

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between Dead Can Dance and Eno, 15 Oct. 2009
I've gone back to these albums after not listening to them for a while, and I was pleasantly suprised at how good they are. Cathedral Oceans has some beautiful moments but the darker Cathedral Oceans 2 is even better. In the wake of listening to John Foxx and Robin Guthrie's Mirrorball, I can see the links now between Cathedral Oceans and things like Dead Can Dance, and in some ways the whole 4AD ethos. Also, there's a track called Cathedral Oceans on Foxx's new spoken word album, Quiet Man, which opens up new perspectives on the music. I can't think of many other artists where there's so many connections between things and yet such diversity in the styles of music that he's experimenting with. But it's great because your experience of the music grows and changes each year.

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