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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars already one of my top 3 cds of all time
not since the release of dj shadow's 'endtroducing' have i been so excited about an artist/album. this is some beautiful music. four tet(guitarist for fridge) uses sounds/samples/beats in the same fashion as dj shadow. this album is loaded with incredible sounds. don't get me wrong, it's not overly done, but the feel of the album is super solid. certain stand out...
Published on October 19, 2001 by M. Starr

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful... (3.5 stars)
For everyone who enjoyed "Rounds" and is considering "Pause" in hopes it will deliver on the same level, I urge you to spend your money elsewhere. This CD is good, but disappointing when compared to a great record like "Rounds". The structure and sound of the albums are so similar that "Pause" can't help but sound like an inferior version of "Rounds," which completely...
Published on January 25, 2005 by Franz Douskey


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars already one of my top 3 cds of all time, October 19, 2001
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
not since the release of dj shadow's 'endtroducing' have i been so excited about an artist/album. this is some beautiful music. four tet(guitarist for fridge) uses sounds/samples/beats in the same fashion as dj shadow. this album is loaded with incredible sounds. don't get me wrong, it's not overly done, but the feel of the album is super solid. certain stand out tracks are, well, all of them. i don't really need to analyze any certain song for you because they are all equally great. four tet has another album prior to this release called 'dialogue'. if you like this album, have at the other. i listen to a lot of music. very rarely do i get an album that really re-instills my faith in music expression. four tet has done that with his two releases. i strongly suggest that you get his two albums. if you are into dj shadow, newer radiohead, boards of canada, fridge, or any other beat oriented instrumental music, you can and will not go wrong with these choices.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really spanky good, August 6, 2001
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"donkeye" (all up in your face) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
I bought this album for 30 some odd dollars and that kind of price always gives me a bit of vertigo, but when I put it on the stereo hi fi, well holy smoke, it was money well spent. I have this friend and he says if you can get a good moment for every dollar spent, then you can't complain. No complaints from this Four Tet album. The songs are all outstanding. If you like Tortoise, or Boards of Canada, or Matmos, or whatever else like that, then Four Tet will please you. The comparisons aren't perfect, because really Four Tet is pretty dang original. It's a buttery, organic, twinkle of a record, and I listen to it everyday along with the new Squarepusher and an old Fridge single (Fridge is another project of the Four Tet guy), and the new Plaid, and sometimes that new Fennesz album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Tet - Pause, March 10, 2011
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
Even if Four Tet didn't invent the "folktronica" tag, their debut for Domino Records, PAUSE, would certainly a poster child for it. Immediately on "Glue of the World," there's that delicate combination of lo-fi acoustic guitar, backed by a casual trip-hop beat. "Twenty Three" continues this track, but "Parks" takes things in a slightly darker mood with a lonely mandolin and woodwinds. "Tangle" gets things perky again with a light house beat and a harp, while "No More Mosquitoes" gets into some deep twisty funk. There's an overall mellowness to the album which is perfectly appealing to a day of laziness (or, as Four Tet puts it, "You Could Ruin My Day"). Finally, the combination of a music box and the glitchy repetition of a tone on "Hilarious Movie of the 90s" brings PAUSE to an end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Everlast did for rap, Four Tet does for Electronica..., March 18, 2002
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Daniel Staton (Berkeley, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
After hearing "Pause" for the first time, I immediately thought of that Everlast (House of Pain's former frontman) album that came out a few years ago...No doubt this will sound like blasphemy to those that only listen to electronic music, but in the same way that Everlast updated the Bob-Dylanesque, troubador one-man-and-his-guitar-and-harmonica sound to one-man-and-his-guitar-and-beatbox, so Four Tet brings a one-man-and-his-guitar-and-harddrive sound to electronica.
Of course there is no shortage of brilliant IDM albums that sound like they were cooked up in a bedroom by one or two guys--think early Aphex or Mu-Ziq--but it has been awhile, and never has acoustic guitar figured so prominently in an electronic release (to my knowledge).
This is a breezy, accessible album that can sound either upbeat or melancholy depending on one's mood; it's ideal for either Spring or Autumn. Immediately you'll hear influences of other artists--for me, it was Boards of Canada (without the sinister overtones), Arovane's brilliant "Tides," a little bit of Plone and Mu-Ziq, a dash of Iceland's MuM, maybe even some Prince (circa Purple Rain). But calling this derivative would be unfair to Four Tet. Kieran Hibden is clearly an artist to watch, especially at a time when so many of my favorite electronic artists--Orbital, Autechre, Plaid, Bola--have released sub-par efforts. Really enjoyable!
Btw, track 8, "No More Mosquitos", is as bad as others have said, and it mars this almost flawless release...I understand the campfire sing-along idea behind it, but it's ultimately just annoying...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Pause" is full of great rhythms and a feeling it's autumn-time. The perfect college study session album, November 25, 2012
This review is from: Pause (MP3 Music)
"Even being familiar with the samples and two songs used on a VW Lupo segment from the great Top Gear, the album felt refreshing and enriching even if you would have heard it the first time. The orchestration of often tinkery, trippy, and psychedelic vibes amidst the ambient electronica and trip-hop all create an atmosphere of a man's intriguing first-time experience live. Tracks do get repetitive in the sound and it does feel a little basic to be said as an excellent piece but it does stand strong throughout by managing to create an environment of feeling acoustic and experimental almost like, as one of the song titles suggest, a hilarious indie film from the 1990s. Perfect college/university music tuning given the relatability of the movement of how your musical talent will soon go. In all honesty, it is best a paid respect to Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the album does have many knick-knack devices that could appear even from other Domino-signed artist Caribou/Manitoba. Those traits right there can make the album stand out to be something almost brilliant, which it does but does fail at time to be a little dynamic, but it is still a great effort. Perfect album for driving along the coastline or in an old Geo Metro with some dudes to Northern California."

BEST SONGS: Tangle (best song on here fantastic piece of ambient, Boards of Canada-esque wonder). Parks (mysterious, ambient, and translucent). Twenty Three (trippy, funky, and vibey as remembered from Top Gear).
SIMILAR ARTISTS AND ALBUMS: Electric Birds- Gradations. Boards of Canada- Twoism or The Campfire Headphase (both have an analogue, somewhat acoustic, and psychedelic sound). Caribou/Manitoba- Start Breaking My Heart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Pleasures, September 29, 2005
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LHB (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
I'm a newcomer to this genre, so I only feel comfortable expressing a rather limited, personal observation on this wonderful music (I'm reviewing Pause here as well). I originally bought this because I was intrigued by the song selection on Four Tet's Late Night Tales. Ever since the early 70s I've loved what used to be called British Folk/Rock (Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Steeleye Span, early Strawbs, etc.) and was fascinated by the idea that a young person nowadays would draw on these bands as influences. Hebden manages to capture the "feel" of much of the music of these great artists much more convincingly than I would have thought. But what really blows me away about this music is precisely what some criticize it for: it's pervasive quality of everyday normalcy. The thing is, a sane everyday "normalcy" is anything but normal nowadays. Somehow, this fragile, delicate music--every time I listen to it-- gives me hope that everything will be all right, and that the smallest things can give infinite pleasure when the big things are eluding you at the moment. It IS, somehow, Spring or Autumn music just as "In the Court of the Crimson King" is Winter music. And it reminds me of just sitting around and being totally blissed out by the things that go on around you everyday. As another reviewer observantly noted, a little like Boards of Canada without the occasional vague, sinister undertone. Hebden also uses acoustic instruments and percussion very skillfully (and very beautifully), often to carry the main theme through his calm, electronic wanderings. This seems to be aimed at a younger audience than me, but too bad, I'm a complete fan. When you're in the mood, nothing else will do. BTW, in my opinion Pause is more unified and the musical ideas somewhat more memorable. Both are highly recommended (4.5 stars). I hope for something more monumental, on the order of FSOL's "Lifeforms," in the near future. Given what seems to be Hebden's character, however, I very much doubt if he'll ever get to "Dead Cities."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful... (3.5 stars), January 25, 2005
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This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
For everyone who enjoyed "Rounds" and is considering "Pause" in hopes it will deliver on the same level, I urge you to spend your money elsewhere. This CD is good, but disappointing when compared to a great record like "Rounds". The structure and sound of the albums are so similar that "Pause" can't help but sound like an inferior version of "Rounds," which completely expands upon every one of "Pause"'s ideas. This is not to say that "Pause" is not an enjoyable listen, but after giving it a few spins, I have had no desire to keep it in any kind of rotation in my collection. Why not spend the money on something more worthwhile? Some superior albums in the same general genre are: Delarosa and Asora's "Agony Pt. 1", Dntel's "Life Is Full of Possibilities," and Mouse on Mars' "Idiology"...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing piece of music..., November 3, 2001
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Zentao (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
Well, good luck trying to come up with words to discribe this genre - post industrial slacker experimental acid jazz? I won't bother trying to describe it except to say it is pure listening pleasure to hear the latest from this guy. Four Tet's earlier little gem barely lays the groundwork for this cd and that says a lot about the earlier cd.
Lots of different themes and styles are in evidence here with a wide range of instruments and electronica thrown in. No tracks are jarringly different and yet none are quite variations. Considering he is a guitarist, it would appear he also is quite talented with piano, keyboards, percussion and sampling. The only thing better than listening to the cd is the fact that he's playing here next month...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous, August 17, 2003
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This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
Captivating, organic, earthy, beautiful collaged music at its absolute best. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars okay, okay- i was a little premature in my observations, February 12, 2002
This review is from: Pause (Audio CD)
As my first one star review stated- i thought this album was a complete waste of time but i feel that i was a little premature in my verdict and that i deserved to give it another chance.
I basically left it on play and repeat and after a few hours of relaxed, not to critical listening certain songs started to pop out and grab my attention. My verdict was further cemented when i heard one of the tracks on a advert which i thought was brilliant.
This cd isn't perfect but their are at least 4 or 5 damn good tracks. The lesson i have learned form this experience- don't judge an album or song until you have had time to properly evaluate it.
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