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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirsty Ear
  • ASIN: B00005CCC7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quick Fix
2. Cirrhosis Of The Heart
3. Mandelay
4. Grace Of God
5. The Need Machine
6. Suspect
7. Someone Who Cares
8. Heuldoch 7b
9. Victim Or Victor
10. Shun
11. Kreibabe

Editorial Reviews

11 new tracks from J.G. Thirwell aka Foetus. Over the course of more than a dozen albums he has proved himself to be a genre-defying and boundary-leaping artist, stretching from yearning orchestral soundscapes, meticulously organized chaos, blistering big

Customer Reviews

This is the best album so far that Jim Thirwell (aka Foetus) has released thusfar, in my opinion.
JL
The astounding layering is a welcome reminder Mr. Reznor is not the only one that can produce intelligently densely orchestrated pieces.
Billy Pasour
The first song feels to me like it sounds how he thinks people who buy his albums want to hear in Foetus, to throw them off guard.
I X Key

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Billy Pasour on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing cd. It has been accurately said that no two songs sound alike, with songs like "Suspect" sounding like a horror movie for the ears and Heuldoch #7B (which initially struck me as the best) which has the sound of big band jazz mixed with the challenging rhythmic and melodic styles of bop, and is even produced to sound as though it were recorded in the fifties. Another thing that strikes me is the fact that, save for a couple solos, Thirwell played all the instruments himself. Quite the virtuoso! The astounding layering is a welcome reminder Mr. Reznor is not the only one that can produce intelligently densely orchestrated pieces. The album is also a return to the lyrical stylings of 80's Foetus that just didn't seem to kick in on the hard to take (although satisfyingly longevetic) Gash.
The album features adjusted cliches like "give me librium or give me meth / i'll filter out the nutrients / and cut the rest to mix your mickey finn," "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger / that must make me hercules," "like a needle in a haystack / provokin' all my allergies," "do unto others - then get out of the area," "wake up and smell the mildew," "there's a last time for every thing," and "i see you when you're sleeping / i know when you're awake / i know when you bin good or bad / so don't repeat the same mistake." There are also new lyrical themes such as aging, and the album seems more personal than any of the earlier Foetus.
The worst songs on the cd, "Quick Fix" and "The Need Machine" are still quite good (some people even think they are the best). Other than those two, I am not able to pick my favorite from among the others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JL on December 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album so far that Jim Thirwell (aka Foetus) has released thusfar, in my opinion. The album holds my attention captive from beginning until the haunting music landscape heard in the last song.
How can I classify this music? It is impossible to do so, it is not metal, not punk, not industrial, not acid Jazz, not a 1940 Big Band gone mad, it's just the creative spirit of Jim, who seems to be getting better and better. He takes you with him on a mad drive through the insane roller coaster of 'The Need Machine', draws you into his own virtual movie where an orchestra paints the story of 'Suspect', he pulls you into his time machine, introducing you to one of the darkest clubs where an insane big band accompanies him to 'Heuldoch 7B', and in the end you find yourself in a the desolate landscape of 'Kreibabe'.
The music is intelligent, challenging, very inspired, it grabs you and will not let go of you until you heard the last whisperings of the last song. Foetus is not some industrial trash band attempting to be intellectual without the necessary equipment to reach that level; foetus is the composer Jim Thirwell, rising to newer, greater heights than before.
GET THIS ONE!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Hannaford on September 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Flow is hands down my favorite Foetus album yet, and here's why:
1) It came from nowhere. Recent Foetus releases have been so uninspiring that I had practically written him off. Flow took me by complete surprise.
2) The lyrics are some of his best ever, e.g. these serious winners from The Need Machine: "whoever has the most toys always wins / they'll genuflect then kick you in the shins / give me librium or give me meth / I'll filter out the nutrients / and cut the rest to mix your Mickey Finn."
3) All of his masterful instrumentalism is at his peak performance. Crazy drumming. Great horn playing. The orchestral samples / performances (I'm not really sure how he gets all those sounds) are magnificent.
4) More jazz influence is always nice, and the hilarious track Heuldock #7b gives us more of that fast crazy death-swing that we want, on top of the scathing lyrical torture of some unfortunate ex (hmmmmmmm... wonder who that could be). Plus the gospel influence in "Grace of God," and the oddball bossa "Cirrhosis of the Heart."
5) The companion album "Blow" with all the remixes is also excellent and makes you appreciate "Flow" even more.
6) While I normally don't like the slow tracks so much (and here the long slow grind of "Mandelay" doesn't suit my palate), the excellent "Someone Who Cares" is a notable exception. Slow and sexy, it makes you want to drink yourself into the gutter with this poor old sod.
Anyway: I see/hear many people repeat the adage that all of Thirlwell's best material is the "old stuff," you know, Ache and Hole and Nail and all that. Those are incredible albums, no doubt, and I love all that stuff. But if I wanted to introduce someone to Foetus for the first time, Flow is the album I would play for them.
Flow rules. Buy it. Now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I X Key on March 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Foetus is so crazy. Shamelessly avant-garde. The first song feels to me like it sounds how he thinks people who buy his albums want to hear in Foetus, to throw them off guard. Guitars & sampled Ministry drumming. The second song is different. It's almost like a 60's or 70's jingle in a Foetusy way. Because Foetus is not the industrial rock band people might think it is. In fact, as far as I know, Jim Thirlwell calls industrial the "I" word. So then the third song is one of the most amazing songs of my life. Thickly layered, textured, heavy percussion for 8 minutes with heart-wrenching vocals, a violin solo, & more. The fourth song is toe-tappin finger-snappin fun jazz, like. The pulsing strings in the fifth song are great. So's the grit. Then there's some tormented, twisted, disaffected, apathetic blues/jazz/swing in the thickly composed strange non-blues/jazz/swing way only Foetus could pull off like this. & the last two songs are very noisy, thick with guitars, (one of the songs with a bossa nova beat!) until the last few minutes of the last one are weird spacey electronics & a lullaby. This cd is a wonderful evolution of Foetus. & I he made it as a 2-cd project with Blow. They're cd's you buy separately, but I think it's important to hear the remixes on Blow next to Flow.
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