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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B0000C0FAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on December 5, 2003
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From the beginning, Thinking Plague has been a band of original, fun, and challenging music -- a real "complete package." Their songs were always complex and often atonal, noisy, and scary, yet it always had a real visceral "rock" and fiery inspiration that made it very fun to listen to.
Things are different thing time around. The lineup is pretty much the same as before: twelve-tone based vocals, guitar, bass, drums, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and synths. Looks like a fleshed-out rock band at first glance, but the overall sound is pretty different. _A History of Madness_ is very chamber-y sounding, with the rock element assimilated into a collective with refined poise. This is not so much a "fun" album. On the whole this more Henry Cow - _Western Culture_-ish than previous Thinking Plague albums. The drums and bass are not given the punch of their last album, _In Extremis_, -- the overall mix has the instruments in a balanced, egalitarian way into a big tapestry of polymetrical atonal frenzy. Basically it sounds like all the elements, individually, stand out less than before and the total composite intricacy and dynamic relationships are emphasized in a great fashion. The result is a dense, dissonant, and elaborate stuff that can completely arrest your attention. And it does require a lot of attention: in order to really appreciate it, one must listen very carefully and deconstruct the individual elements, understand their purpose, and rebuild to view the whole picture. The acuity in some of the sonic architecture here is superlative. I should also say that David Shamrock plays some of the weirdest rock drumming I've ever heard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Schneider on November 17, 2003
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Thinking Plague uses very contemporary avant-garde techniques to create some of the most provocative "progressive rock" music to date. In my opinion, even calling this music "progressive rock" is a bit demeaning. People who want to hear more Rush or Dream Theater should look elsewhere, but those who want to hear 'progressive' music in the strict sense of the term have come to the right place.
Take a lot of Stravinsky, a little Bartok, a ton of Messiaen, a tad of early King Crimson, and a hell of a lot of stuff that you've never heard in your life, and you've got what appears to be the best ensemble going into the 21st century: Thinking Plague.
A word of warning about History of Madness: The layers upon layers of dissonant vocal overdubs might scare off a first-time listener of the band. It's really quite brilliant the way it's done, but it's extremely unusual - keep an open mind.
My vote for album of the year (if that means anything).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nefertiti Kestenbaum on October 7, 2003
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Thinking Plague's intelligent and deeply felt compositions stimulate both the mind and the soul. Dense, layered, tuneful, and rhythmically exuberant, these pieces offer the listener hidden treasures that grow the more one hears it. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Ruth on April 21, 2004
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prog, art, advant, whatever you want to call it, basically not your top 40. This, as well as their previous release, In Extremus, are gems if you are a fan of 20th century classical, progressive rock, jazz, or just something different. The musicianship is excellent. The songs are dense, layered, busy, and at times frightening, but somehow very contagious. At times resembles King Crimson, Gentle Giant, or Zappa. The singer (Deborah Perry) has a unique style and a good voice. I can't say enough about this band.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IRate on May 10, 2010
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3 1/2

Though the album gets off to an undeniably thrilling start compared to an interlude-ridden whole, the classically complex group almost singularly blow things apart in their own special way when disparaging elements align.
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