im gonna do a review of nothing lasts but nothing is lost - i use to write reviews for an ezine and i also produce so i am gonna go into a bit of depth - hope you dont mind
ok - so - easily my favourite album of last year. I listen to everything from rock, to house to drum and bass - everything except pop and country pretty much - and there is no album that is produced to such a high standard with such a range of style and craftmanship as this.
It quite simply is the ultimate musical journey. From start to finish this album seemlessly creates an atmosphere unlike anything i have ever experienced. Alot of people say that tales of the inexpresible is slightly better, easier to ‘chill’ to and slightly more quirky. And i would sort of agree. The epicness of some of the tracks in TOFE is mindblowing - but then, when you takeinto consideration that the whole of the newest album is one long epic track it puts that completely into perspective.
The album starts with plenty of energy. It builds up slowly as you would expect but once it gets going, the south american style guitar and beats create a fantastic rythem which cover pretty much the first 3 tracks. Periscopes of conciousness then slows it down a little, hard drums and an awesome vocal leads you into shmaltz herring which picks up the pace again and rolls on with typical shpong atmospherics and great little sounds bipping and blopping all over the place.
The next 3 tracks then mould together to make my favourite section of the album. It gets quite dark and intese. The bass line is emchanting and rolls superbly with the beats. This is where mr posford really flexes his filter control. The beats suddenly start warping all over the place and make mind boggling sounds. To me it sounds like a mixture of a comb filter and phaser - and ive never heard beats sound like that before!!! ON top of that, there is the crazy synth line that comes in and out of the tracks ( ithink it may even be the flute with lots of distortion and fx but im not sure) and as per usual the attention to atmospheric detail is astonoshing.
Next up comes when shall i be free - great guitar - beautiful vocal just an all round great track
im not gonna go through each track though there are just a few more points i want to make
1) the use of guitars throughout the album is immence, from the samba style in the begining, to the fantastic distorted guitar towards the end i am truely impressed by the vast range of styles they manage to emcompass.
2) The volcal filtering on the album is truely groundbreaking and has blown my mind
right, am gonna stop there as i could go on forever and disect to my hearts content, but i shouldnt - you will probably think i am mental.
All that remains to be said is that this album is a conceptual and musical masterpiece. From a producers point of view it couldnt be more mind blowing - there is no one in the digital music world who can touch mr posford!