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  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00000J7MN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Am In The World With You
2. Telema
3. Prado
4. A Little Asphalt Here And There
5. This Sandy Piece
6. Tomorrow
7. Greenwich
8. Cars
9. She Loves Animals
10. Die Dinge Des Lebens
11. Das Blau Und Der Morgen

Editorial Reviews

Track 8 on To Rococo Rot's The Amateur View has the nerve to borrow its title from Gary Numan's most famous song. Although their "Cars" isn't a cover of that "Cars," it manages to be every bit as catchy, turning a semaphore beep, a sing-song xylophone figure, and a watery six-note bass line into an unlikely pop confection. On the rest of the German trio's third album, they stick to what they usually stick to: a lulling update of the pastoral instrumentals created 25 years ago by their fellow countrymen Cluster. The result is an attempt to recreate the random beauty of nature in the realm of the unnatural. The 11 tracks on The Amateur View sound less composed than stumbled upon within the depths of the band's machines. It's as if To Rococo Rot, microphones and tape recorders in hand, simply happened upon the digital equivalent of birdcalls, burbling streams, and rustling leaves, then delivered to your stereo system the Y2K version of an Environments record. If you've never had the patience for nature walks, it'll probably seem like a bore. But if flora and fauna are your idea of a good time, check out the new wilderness. --Jeff Salamon

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Intelligent Electronic Music July 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
While borrowing certain experimental sounds from the likes of Autechre, these German lads nevertheless manage to make music immediately listenable, immediately enjoyable, and unquestioningly excellent. This album is the happy medium between frosty chill-out music (Global Communication, Aphex's ambient stuff) and intense drill-press music (Solar X, Autechre). From the first track, "I Am in the World with You," to the masterful "Tomorrow," to the even more masterful "Cars," to the final track, "Das Blau und der Morgen," this album is stark, beautiful, esoteric, and hummable. Yes, hummable! Weird sounds mix with lush atmospherics to create sounds that you actually find yourself thinking about long after you've finished listening. Not only that, but each song on this album is under 5 minutes in length. How many electronic albums can you say that about?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to woo your computer May 16, 2000
By R Diaz
Format:Audio CD
Plonks, Blips, and beeps, these are the sounds of To Rococo Rot, but instead of the usual programmed whonkery they make a beautiful, warm brand of techno. This is the melancholy music your computer would listen to as the sun sets. Or these days, the soundtrack to a VW Beetle ad.
The palette of instruments is essentially the same on each song, with drums, synth melodies, occasional strings or acoustical guitar backing up the various bleepery. Occasionally the band resemble early Autechre ("This Sandy Piece") or grate more than fascinate ("She loves Animals") , but as a whole they succeed in bringing warmth to cold machinery. And at a little over 40 minutes, they get their point across without getting too monotonous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality electronic music to fit any mood. April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After first hearing of this German trio when they collaborated with Saint Etienne, I decided to pick up a copy of their CD. "A three-man explosion of electronic excellence," proclaimed the sticker next to the price tag. I shrugged and decided to give it a try. I put The Amateur View on as background to what I was doing, and I'm not sure if I ever really heard the music. Instead, it just sort of melted into the general atmosphere of the room. It was only when the CD had finished that I realized the music had actually invaded my subconscious. I wanted more. Upon closer listening, one can hear distinctions between the songs. "Tomorrow" has an apprehensive edge to it; "She Loves Animals" has a certain wild feel; and the single "Cars" is just an obliviously happy little number. Permeating all the songs, though, is a sense of calm. With the exception of a few bursts of static, the music is unobtrusive and quiet, blipping away at a casual, unconcerned pace. I wouldn't call it ambient, though, with the exception of the last two tracks; there's too much going on in the songs. The music reminds me a little of Autechre, but without the drill-press mentality that some of their work possesses.
Well, whatever genre this fits in, The Amateur View is a winner. After the 42 minutes of playing time had finished, I clicked the mouse and started the CD again. I didn't know to what place To Rococo Rot had taken me with their music - all I knew was that I was definitely not ready to leave. Not until I listened just one more time...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Minimalism May 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Amateur View is by far one of the most intelligent electronic albums out there. It's beauty lies in it's minimalist approach. Unlike other electronic albums, with songs that seem to go on forever and an unending bass beat, Amateur View relies on the bare essentials. It's quite a calming and ethereal album that manages to push electronic music to a different level. "Telema" is my favorite track.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD February 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD is great, just about every song is worth listening to. "Cars" is one of the most popular for a good reason. My personal favorites are "This Sandy Piece" and "Die Dinge Des Lebens". I don't have any idea what that second title means, but its a great song.
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