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But this album -- this album is perfect 2012 BJM. 2008's My Bloody Underground and 2010's Who Killed Sgt. Pepper left a few fans unhappy with either the songs or the recording quality (I love both of those albums), but I can't see the same being said for Aufheben. This album delivers solid tunes, interesting soundscapes, and delivers them with incredible mixes.
This album is fun to listen to. You can dance to it, think to it, well.. you could do a lot of things to this record.
Anton said this about Aufheben: "i am very interested in eschatology,and i've been aware of the anxiety many people associate with 2012 etc.the cover art is based on the carl segan graphic included as a part of the voyager space program.two probes sent to the outer reaches of the solar system and beyond,each containing this graphic describing who we are,our location in our solar system and gold disks containing audio examples of hundreds of greetings in every language and music like js bach etc...reaching out to i don't know...inteligent life elsewhere.i thought it would have been funny if a scientist or someone...added one word on this plaque "Aufheben". it's a german word with many meanings at the same time...but to explain it: to destroy,to lift up,to preserve."
After reading that, I had this dream of the probe with the disc with hundreds of greetings reaching a time warp, crashing back to earth in the days of babel when legends have it all the earth spoke with just one tongue, and the civilization figured out how to play the disc... the creation of confusion, of splintering languages... Let's send Aufheben out there and REALLY mess with their minds.
I am a huge fan of modern music from diverse composers like Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Henryk Gorecki, Gavin Bryers. I even find great value in Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music. So while a grand departure in previous sounds I enjoyed My Bloody Underground and Who Shot Sgt. Pepper, the BJM's previous two recordings.
But lets face it, Anton, Matt and the boys won my heart with records like Take it From the Man, Methodrone and Give It Back. The last two times I saw the BJM live March of '09 and May 2010 (both in Chicago's Metro) they were THE BEST CONCERTS I have seen in my life...PERIOD. And hey, I'm 51 and heve been seeing live shows since 1976.
Here's the rub, the shows included very little or no MBU or WSSgtP. While great experimental/modern serious music these two records were departures. Fans, like me, want that acid dripping neo-psychedelia the band plays better than anyone else on earth! And I think the guys in the band know...witness the playlists from the shows.
With Aufheben Anton and the BJM refine the experiments/sound scapes and re-introduce psychedelia for their sound. By the time Blue Order/New Monday rolled around I was in tears - not afraid to admit it - in tears of joy at the f*#*ing beauty of this recording!
Anton and BJM have created that perfect mix of groove/experiment/psychedelia/rockandroll with this new record! PLEASE get this record!! You will love it, I guarantee!
I've now changed my tune. This album forges ahead into new sonic territory while still being recognizable as BJM. The opening track, "Panic in Babylon," gets things started perfectly with a relentless, driving beat and an Indian-tinged melody that made me both want to dance and want to hide from whatever was coming for me. The excellent "Viholliseni Maalla" (with female vocals sung in Finnish) is very Stereolab-esque, but then again it could just be the breathy, sexy female vocals sung in an exotic sounding language that suggests the influence. "Illuminomi" (sung in French by Anton) raises the bar, sounding like nothing I've ever heard, with insane, hypnotic rhythms and chord progressions, while still having instantly catchy hooks for the listener to latch onto...and "soul.Read more ›
Where "My Bloody Underground" had me a bit concerned about Anton's creative juices going dry, "Aufheben" totally renewed my faith in Mr. Newcombe and his extended family of players. This is essential psychedelia.
The aliens need to hear this one! I hope they have great headphones.
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another magical record by the brian jonestown massacre. we are so lucky to have them.Published 11 months ago by marcelproust
Although I don't own everything in BJM's exhaustive catalog I'm up to about 6 albums, EPs, DIG!, plus the extraordinary Peppermint Wonderland compilation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Polo
I think it was good, but it just don`t have the wow factor, making it unique. It wasn`t here but good anyway.Published on January 2, 2014 by adam riana anarchio
I have been listening to BJM for a couple years now, I love Satanic Majesties Second Request and Methadrone. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Johnny B
Brian Jonestown Massacre is probably one of my favorite bands of all time. I have every album they've ever made, but everytime I try to throw this one on, i fall asleep about... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by purplepoppies