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VINE VOICEon 27 January 2018
Hard to add to what previous reviewers have said about this masterpiece which I now own on virtually every format know to humanity except to say this is the finest wine presented in a golden chalice. Music to drown in. It is a journey of constantly evolving ambient sounds . Never boring, it grabs your attention and demands to be heard . This is fine work , capturing the spirit of the early 90's but never ever sounding dated . A stark contrast to their recent output which is all carpet slippers and cocoa and sounding right at home on 'Hearts of Space'.
'Lifeforms' is an essential purchase and sounds mind- blowing on vinyl.
Do yourself a favour .
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on 25 November 2012
Whether or not now is the right time to splash out on this album is down to you. If you're at the stage where you are still out nailing the clubs, then you may want to hold out buying this for a few years. Everything is fairly downtempo, much more trip hop, ambient and, like an electro symphony. This definitely moves in a more orchestral way, with lots of wave like pianos, choirs and, enormous sounding string sections.

There is definitely no absence of big beats though, but think booming hip hop drums and very 90s british feeling tribal rhythms, not fast jungle breaks or four to the floor techno or disco flavours. Samples abound as do what must be original gorgeous flowing synthesisers and spaced out, beautiful guitar work. This is probably most like eno, massive attack's blue lines, gus gus' album, polydistortion and cold cut. in fact, if you like cold cut, i'd say it's virtually impossible not to like this - at least after a few listens.

But, there is definitely more here. This really is one of those perfect and uniquely innovative post modern journeys into the total fusion allowed by modern technology and the cut and paste mentality that really took hold as electronic music evolved. From a compositional view, think of this as essentially reinventing classical whilst keeping choirs and orchestras but adding, dreamy airy effects, modern synthesisers, sampling.

Essentially, this is a great album that everybody should like but if you simply prefer faster more aggressive electronics this is not for you.

If you really like the laid back aphex twin stuff like volume 1 of selected ambient works and tracks such as, Alberto balsam, just go for it. Some of the reviews here say it takes repeated listening, while it could be regarded as challenging, i enjoyed from the get go - its hard not to with something this melodic, beautiful, strange, innovative.
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on 15 December 2016
The music is amazing - the titles of the songs - like a vertical pig - ? - sounds funny even if I do not get it. But again, the music is fantastic, more on the relaxed side and with wonderful sound arrangements. Really nice.
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on 16 July 2015
One of my all time fav cd's. Surreal, dark,odd, strange and beat based. PERFECT for me! I am afan of FSOL anyways but I think that this has to be my top pick from the boys. If you are open minded to new sounds then give this a try you may be pleasantly surprised. In some ways I compare it to cult sci fi movies as it has that quality and oddness.
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on 5 May 2011
I borrowed this from a library about 10 years ago, played it and didn't get it.
The second time I was completely hooked. Once it's in your head you're stuck with it and it's fabulous. Not quite chill-out, electronica or anything else but has a completely organic feel, synths or not.
Whatever it is, I love it. It not at all like Papua New Guinea (which is also one of my all-time favorites), but take a risk. It just gets better and better the more you play it.
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on 8 April 2018
Great cd love the music
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on 18 November 2015
I like the unusual and this is unusual alright but not the sort of album one would listen to on a daily basis.
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on 22 June 2015
1,82 L for shipment is reasonable, 3,6 L is an abuse, please consider maintain the charge of 1,82 L
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on 3 March 2016
Very chilled "trancy"
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on 12 August 2015
Still sounds fresh after 20 years. Great chill out ambience from FSOL. I remember listening to this with friends after university. About time I had my own copy... Recommended.
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