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When I heard that this was to be Mouse On Mars' first "vocal" album (excluding their collaborative single with Stereolab), it made me nervous; did they have anything to actually _say_, or would it be a mere attempt at a crossover for a larger audience? Needless to say, Werner & co. have done it justice. While only a few tracks incorporate vocals in any true lyrical sense, many tracks feature cut up and heavily manipulated vocal samples that blurt and sputter their way through the ether (the aggressive single "Actionist Respoke" being a prime example).
The real highlight of this release when compared to the Mouse on Mars discography on the whole is the unabashed incorporation of traditional instrument arrangements. "Presence" not only sports a melodic lyrical vocal line but also horns and strings, while the last track moves almost completely into post-rock (almost an epilogue variant of Niun Niggung's "Download Sofist") with its meandering guitar lines.
While indeed this release will probably win over new fans based on the crossover potential its vocals offer, on the whole there is little compromise in the artistic vision Werner and Toma present their listeners. Alongside the latest Matmos release, this most definitely will end up as one of the best electronic albums of 2001.
This is only one of Mouse on Mars's great albums. The fact that it's their newest only makes it great because it's so different from what came before it. My personal favourite is Autoditacker, which I can listen to non-stop.
This album is a bit crunchier, and has more edges than some of their earlier stuff. It's a bit more abrasive. MOM are not minimalists, but nevertheless their sound has reverberated through the whole Mille Plateaux catalogue, and the influence can be heard on the newest Clicks & Cuts discs and the newest Electric Ladyland Clickhop comp.
Mouse on Mars are like gods. They walk the earth but they are indestructible. I love them as if they were mine and mine alone. Don't touch them or else.
I rediscovered this album recently. You really must accept it on its own terms, few albums are this idiosyncratic. Its not just that MOM are in the post rock territory of bands like Tortoise, superficially blending genres for postmodernisms sake. Idiology is the opposite of what IDM was mostly known for at the time of its release, ie: self important, bleak, nihilistic, and architectural. Songs like actionist respoke and introduce are some of the most hilarious I've ever heard, amazingly without a hint of the cynical sarcasm that is typical of such outings. MOM are also capable of whimsicaly beautiful moments (catching butterflies w/ hands). Personaly I have no problem with Dodo Nkishi's vocals, they fit with the attitude of the disc perfectly. I can see why some of the prior reviewers are annoyed with him though. As for the lyrics, its difficult to tell whether they are parodying the elitist intellectualism of certain segments of the artistic community, or if they are serious. At any rate, they aren't bad. Technicaly, MOM are at the top of the game, they have an accomplished sense of nuance, detail, and a prodigious amount of inventiveness. Its a joy to listen to this album.
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I was deciding between 4 and 5 stars, and the breaking point was the fact that this album is so hard for me to think about in a rating manner. That alone pushed it to 5 stars.Published on May 14, 2006 by Matthew Dunlap
From what I've heard of Mouse on Mars so far, I like them very much. I gave this album 3 stars because it is not their best. It's still pretty good. Read morePublished on October 7, 2005 by Alexander Reeser
I hadn't heard of Mouse On Mars until someone recomended it in one of the electronica amazon.com lists and I gotta say, this album really impressed me! Read morePublished on November 14, 2004 by Kyriakos1
The thing I'm most impressed w/ Mouse on Mars about is their ability to push the envelope of their sound on each album. Read morePublished on March 26, 2003 by Keir H. Fogarty
Idiology is a very harsh and abrasive ride. Considering that this is my second MoM release I've purchased hot on the heels of Iaora Tahiti one can understand why I feel that way. Read morePublished on December 31, 2001 by bowery boy
I really like this album. First two tracks are great and make it definately worth buying. The rest keeps your attention. Read morePublished on October 31, 2001 by Neighbor 8
I was overjoyed to receive, for my birthday, the much-anticipated new release by one of the most complex IDM artists that I am familiar with, Mouse On Mars. Read morePublished on September 25, 2001 by Chogg
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