grinning cat LP Import
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UK 2 LPs, few lite sleevemarks on discs
Top Customer Reviews
A very relaxing album that is still interesting and challenging.
It is based loosely around the story of Alice in Wonderland, hence the title. The theme is quite fitting listening to the abstract, dreamy music.
Compared to his previous outing, this album is quite different in a number of ways. Although it retains his individual sound, this time a lot more piano and broken guitar riffs can be heard, rather than deep reverbed synths. On some tracks such as 'Card Nation' and 'Fearful Dream', the track even decends into a strange tribal drum pattern, which I didn't personally like too much. I think Susumu should stick to what he does best, layering beautiful sounds as in 'King Dragonfly' and 'Lapis Lazuli'.
The album does however, as you'd expect, contain some classics. 'Flying Cat' is the best track I have heard all year. Maybe not as perfect as his first, it's by Susumu Yokota, and therefore still light years ahead of anything you've ever heard!
A bit more heavy on the percussion than the previous album, 'Grinning Cat' is nonetheless a very good album. It pursues the same themes and sounds as 'Sakura'.
'Sakura' will always be in the minds of people, so when this album is being discussed it will always be in the former album's shadow. I feel this is a shame as it stands alone itself as a great album.
In simple terms, if you enjoyed 'Sakura' then you will very much enjoy this.
This CD is something for special occasions where nothing else will do. The textures created demand your full attention quite simply because your brain cannot comprehend what it is listening to. Some tracks are simply beautiful while others create an unusual image in your mind's eye. Overall, the music is nothing like you've ever heard before and this is why it deserves a five star rating.
Buy this CD if you are a true music lover who is not afraid of unmanufactured music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though very cheap I did expect cd to play all tracks. Not so 2 tracks unplayablePublished 19 months ago by stem ginger
I bought this album having heard "King Dragonfly" - a wonderfully exciting & atmospheric mix of bustling electronica drum-beats, insidiously repetitive chants, and slightly "off... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2006 by nicjaytee
I wish to change my review of this album a year ago and now I prefer this album to Sakura! Like all his ambient albums it takes time and Grinning Cat is just perfect. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2005 by Johan De-silva