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Quadropus [Enhanced]

Joe Cocker, EstradasphereAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mimicry
  • ASIN: B0000C3I94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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With its latest release Quadropus, Santa Cruz-based band Estradasphere continues to cement into the minds and ears of any self-respecting music fan the repeatedly proven belief that it is one of the most inspiring, creative and all-around original groups on the independent music scene in America today.
Quadropus is in essence a summation of both the numerous musical and recording styles the group has explored in the past, and also a peak into the future of four musicians whose next move is anything but predictable. This work is a synthesis of the raw energy of It's Understood, the band's 2000 debut studio album, and the workhorse production ethics of that album's 2001 follow up, Buck Fever. Gone are the humorous dialogue and video game interludes that peppered those albums, executed most effectively on Buck Fever. On this masterful collection are songs that are treated as just that - stand-alone tracks to be listened to, absorbed and enjoyed for each of their own merits, and many merits there are.
The album opens with a track that has been in Estradasphere's live repertoire for nearly three year - a traditional Greek ballad titled Mekapses Yitonisa. Throughout the tune's use of odd time signatures and the band's creative instrumentation, one can begin to anticipate the audio feast in store for the rest of the album. This is no more apparent than when Jason Schimmel's distortion guitar kicks in for the kill, and then drops out again, replaced by effects-driven wah for an appropriately funky and cool effect.
Other standout tracks include perennial fan favorite King Krab Battle, inspired by Japanese cooking show The Iron Chef.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potpourri for $400, please? (3.5 stars) September 19, 2004
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It looks like an intriguing idea on paper: a wide-ranging batch of electic songs and styles that you'd normally have to make your own mix-CD to hear, except that it all comes from one band. Estradasphere is an unquestionably unique group with pretty impressive musicianship, seemingly influenced by free jazz and middle Eastern music just as much as by TV/video game themes, heavy metal and the Iron Chef. Should be a wild ride. Right?

Well.. variety is great, but the result here seems to be a mix that everyone finds something different to like in. I've played it for several people and everyone's had their picks of favorites and throwaways - and no two people's choices seem to match up. You'd probably be hard pressed to find someone who likes everything on offer here unequivocally.

So let's take a look. The trad. Greek tune "Mekapses Yitonisa" is a very promising start, sinuous and almost hypnotic despite the weird time signatures. "Dubway" is an acapella/techno groove that gets repetitive, but has a quirky charm all its own. Ditto "Jungle Warfare," except that it's a bludgeoning death-metal track complete with bone-pounding drums and goofy growls instead. "King Krab Battle" is pure cheese - but quite fun despite that - portraying the soundtrack to an epic cartoon fight with violent horns and a kind of silly grandiosity. It's what you might hear for a Japanese anime production of a Celebrity Deathmatch episode.

The hardest stretch for me to take is the "Hardball"/"A Car Ride..." segment. (They're listed as two separate tracks but might as well add up to one extended monster, as they seem like two parts of a whole.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Third time half-lucky November 21, 2003
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This third studio outing for the very alternative and very talented band is the least of their three releases. It begins well in familiar gypsy-music territory and moves on to some inspired originals such as Dubway, but falters badly after song six, a typically interesting instrumental with their signature brand of fast genre-hopping rhythms. Song seven is a throwaway, '50s sound-a-like, rock-n-roll song, song eight is another of their ugly forays into death metal that serves only to disrupt the atmosphere created (and only partially disturbed by song seven) by the preceding tracks, song nine is a frankly crap rock song with a WWF theme (mega-fans will laugh and love the sheer kick-ass silliness of it, but not I), and song ten is an amusing (the first time around only) but ultimately depressing take on fulsome R Kelly ballads. A terrible finale after Buck Fever's unique majesty. The usual several minute wait ensues after the final track fades out and we get a brief reprisal. Then it all ends. I got the feeling listening to the second half if this album that the guys in the band were not altogether capable yet of making a memorable album, rather their creative energy expired after six songs and they filled the remaining void with mediocre songs far behind the excellence their past achievements.
I am a fan of this band and have their other releases, including the wonderful live album, The Silent Elk of Yesterday. However, I cannot recommend this album much, as I feel the band have failed to live up to their previous two recordings' quality by a long shot. As I said, it is a great EP with four very sub-par songs added on. Decide for yourself whether you want to spend the money.
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