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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, December 17, 2008
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"Smoke" starts off with a reminiscent sound familiar to Tortoise and Yes. The bass in this song is the funkiest part of this album. The song is very well rounded with Cornelius repeating the word smoke over and over. "Drop" takes you on an IDM/Folk journey and also begins the "sound effects" portion of the album. Water running and birds chirping give this a bit of an experimental quality that Cornelius is so good at. The next song, "Another View Point," picks up where "Drop" leaves off. It's a little faster pace, but still keeps the integrity of the album.
The real surprise here is the song called "Brazil." It's the theme song from the incredibly bizzare movie by the same name. I'm sure some of you have seen this one before. Nevertheless, Cornelius adds his touch as always making one of the most intimate songs on the album. I absolutely love the vocal effects on this song. Superb.
I can't wait for you to hear "I Hate Hate." I laughed when I heard it.
All in all I believe this is a better rounded album than "Fantasma." Maybe it's just because this album is new to me. I don't know. You be the judge. Either way, if you get this album, I'm sure you'll be happy with it. If not, give it to a friend. I don't think it will make it that far, but rest assured you'll have a great recording for your collection. I'll bet this will be on some "best of 2002" lists at the end of the year.
Oyamada (whose nom du disque is taken from Planet of the Apes) was a thrillingly original, but
frenetic and impossibly eclectic collage of an album that encompassed stylistic (as well as
lyrical) allusions to dozens upon dozens of musicians (the Beach Boys, the Clash, J.S. Bach)
and genres (hardcore, bossa nova, videogame soundtracks), often splicing them together in
second-long fragments to create what might be called (to quote one of the track titles) a
micro-disneycal world tour. It was undeniably fun at times, but there was simply too much
going on for it to work as a real album. In light of this, the title of Cornelius' newest release is
unimaginably appropriate. Where Fantasma was splintering in a thousand different directions,
this new record is cohesive, compelling, and meaningful: it very much has a point.
To begin with, Cornelius works with a surprisingly simple and consistent sonic palette. Almost all of the tracks here are
built on combinations of precisely plucked acoustic guitar chords, sparse but carressing breathy vocal snippets, crisp
percussion that sounds like it actually comes from a real drum set. Sure, he changes things up a bit: "Another View
Point" gets a bit rocky with spiralling electrics and a solid bass groove; the playful "Drop" masterfully encorporates the
sounds of water dripping and splashing (a terrific accompanying video shows a young boy washing his hand);
elsewhere we find birdcalls, subtle banjo plucks, tastefully arranged electronic clicks and beeps, and snatches of
theremin.Read more ›
Unlike his French counterparts (Daft Punk, Air, St Germain et al), Cornelius uses electronics on real life sounds, short snippets of drums and voice to create a dizzying mix. So while many of his songs may have a structure familiar to Daft Punk fans, the overall sound is amazingly fresh.
After a brief introductary track containing numerous odd sounds, the album launches with 'Point of View Point', a collage of bossa-style chordal-voices, snappy drums, and acoustic guitar. Each part on its own is dull, but mixed together becomes as entrancing as any flurried Philip Glass piece.
The highlight of the album is the single 'Drop'.. It starts with the sound of water dripping everywhere, a bass drum, a guitar chirping away, and Cornelius cooing in the background. It then launches into a 'Gypsy Kings meets Daft Punk' style latin-dance-patter. Hard to define, wonderful to hear.
'Another View Point' is a Jamiroquai-esque funk instrumental, but with Cornelius' now-familiar cooing voice throughout.
The second highlight of the disc is 'Bird Watching At Inner Forest,' which starts off with a scene of birds cooing and chirping.. somehow Cornelius takes this scene and integrates the bird chirping into an intense electronic bossa-nova groove, with Cornelius providing yet more cooing and Japanese vocals. But, this is a bossa-nova track at heart, but with a techno style production.. yes folks, this is original stuff.
Other interesting tracks are the electronically-voiced 'Brazil' and the heavy-metal thrash 'I Hate Hate'.
So we have electronica/latin/bossa/metal and ambient styles on this disc.. Cornelius is truly crossing the genres, and this disc will delight any open-minded music-lover.
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Absolutely brilliant. While I love Beck, to compare Cornelius to him is a disservice to Cornelius. Read more
Japanese avant-pop-trippist Cornelius (real name: Keigo Oyamada) had a hard act to follow after 1997's "Fantasma," an electronic masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 24, 2005 by EA Solinas
These days the word `innocence' in art tends all too much to be read as naïve. This album will lay that to rest. Read morePublished on December 1, 2004 by Ant
Japanese avant-pop-trippist Cornelius (real name: Keigo Oyamada) had a hard act to follow after 1997's "Fantasma," an electronic masterpiece. Read morePublished on October 30, 2004 by EA Solinas
Cornelius is a strange artist.....his recording schedule is hardly prolific. (recording only a Handful of albums since 1995), yet he has a devoted fan base, that laps up his... Read morePublished on August 26, 2004 by fetish_2000
Perhaps the musical equivalent of Derrida, Japanese sonic collagist Cornelius uses his latest release, Point, to deconstruct music and sound using binary oppositions to show the... Read morePublished on November 28, 2003
This album is outstanding. If you haven't listened to the whole thing from beginning to end without stopping then you need to. Read morePublished on November 21, 2003 by Matt
POINT is what I like to call a "lava-lamp" record. Much like a lava lamp, this album makes you cooler simply because you own it. Read morePublished on October 18, 2003 by Christian Zimmerman
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I can't even attempt to fathom the effort it took to coalesce these random, diverse sound snippets into the perfect, blurring confection that is now called... Read more