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on 24 April 2002
Take a little trip through the mind of Andrew Broder aka Fog. Apparently someone forgot to clue Mr. Broder in on the fact that music has genres, walls that should be left up, and bridges not to be crossed. Maybe he knows exactly what he's doing. Maybe he's watching Beck's genre-blending antics rocket him towads success and stardom and Fog has decided to follow. But for some reason I don't think so. Fog is a million times more sincere. He wears his heart on his sleave and it looks good there. The album has a beautifully cohesive feel from beginning to end, it makes you feel as though you are walking through the Fog.
Some highlights of the album:
"A Word of Advice" opens the album with MF Doom guest MCing and giving you some words of wisdom on how to live your life.
The albums first single "Pneumonia" is a tale of Fog's brush with the disease itself. Beautiful lyrics telling of silverfish, casserole quality, and revelations of life. This track would be a top 10 single in a perfect world.
"Check Fraud" is the albums next single, Broder explains this track as being about "the guilt of being wealthy". Japanese flute scratches abound.
A burst of guitar and scratched drums open "Truth & Laughing Gas" and get the second half of the album of to a flying start. This is one of the most perfect meldings of guitar and turntables accomplished to date.
The albums closing tracks of "Ghoul Expert" and "And Stay Out" showcase Broder's penchant for writing anthemic rock ballads on par with Radiohead. Fog harmonizes lovley melodies with himself and lets you slowly emerge from this murky world and back into you own.
Another amazing release from Ninja Tune and definitely a contender for album of the year. My only complaint is why did Ninja Tune remove two tracks from Fog's original independant release of the album? These tracks, "Heartcrusher" and "Just A Boy Growing Up", are beautiful pieces of the album and deserve to be heard. Let's hope Ninja releases them in the future.
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on 18 February 2013
Overall I was slightly underwhelmed by this long player as a whole. I'm hoping it will grow on me after multiple listens. Interesting sounds mostly forgotten after the initial play through.
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on 18 February 2002
Fog is not really like anything else I have heard on Ninja Tunes i.e. Trip-Hop. That is not say that is bad, but guitars?? In sound its fairly similar to DJ Shadow in that has mad samples and nice noises, so it's nice and chilled, for the most part really relaxing and certainly will be an interesting part of my CD collection. So good, but different although it does have alot of scratchings...
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