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Amon TobinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Brazilian-born Amon Tobin first emerged between 1994-1995 with a string of 12" singles on a small London-based record label called 9Bar Records. The album that followed, "Adventures In Foam", paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically-acclaimed ... Read more in Amazon's Amon Tobin Store

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00004TKNV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Slowly
4. Marine Machines
5. Golfer vrs Boxer
6. Deo
7. Precursor
8. Saboteur
9. Chocolate Lovely
10. Rhino Jockey
11. Keepin' It Steel
12. Natureland

Editorial Reviews

At the junction of jazz and breakbeat science, Amon Tobin is one of the undisputed masters. Instead of drawing on jazz samples and styles as a sort of prepackaged cultural signifier, he's engaged in the cross-fertilization and recontextualizing that many aspire to but not so many achieve. On this release, he casts his net farther afield--the smoky nightclub trumpets and sultry beats of 1998's Permutation are still present, but the hummingly intense electronics and roiling drums on tracks like "Rhino Jockey" leave the jazz references pretty far behind. The track "Precursor" uses what is called "vocal percussion" to emulate the click-and-pop assemblages of some of the farther out German electronic experimentalists and segues neatly into the down-tempo groove of "Saboteur," which is built on a bottle-clinking percussive sample from obscure '60s blues-rock outfit the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. "Keepin' It Steel" is reminiscent of Stereolab in a way, with a pleasantly lazy tempo that manages the neat trick of sounding like it's in an odd-metre time signature when it's not, punctuated by horns that evoke a '70s reggae record. --Bob Bannister

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my opinions on amon for folks new to his art... February 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
first off, i'm 100% behind most [fans] in thinking tobin's a genius and a gift to contemporary music. unlike most artists in the electronic/dj/sampling bucket who are desperate to stay current with a trend or a movement (a perverse need to stay fashionable rather than really let go and express oneself, i'm thinking, although i do enjoy quite a bit of it), tobin's pretty much followed his own muse for several albums now. although he hardly invented the 2 most obvious inspirations for his work - drum & bass and jazz - he's done a stunning job of incorporating them into his sonic environments and making them his own. perhaps this is because he doesn't seem to treat this blend as a bloodless and theoretical exercise in fusion; rather, he stirs in unique symphonic flourishes that pull the compositions together and make the finished tracks much more unabashedly playful, theatrical, and romantic than the vast majority of self-conscious post-modern musicians operating within ANY genre today. and yes, in case you're concerned, his stuff still sounds painfully cool, current, and will definitely impress your trendy friends...
where i'll break with most of the other [fans] is swearing up & down that supermodified is his best album thus far. his most exciting? yep. most experimental? yep. a confirmation that tobin ain't simply a one-trick pony who'll be forgotten in a couple years? absolutely. and i'm glad that he's moving off in new directions rather that regurgitating a tried and true formula. but because supermodified is more experimental and employs a broader palette than his earlier work, i think he's still got a few kinks to work out. i suspect that this cd will be to his next release what bricolage was to permutation - a thrilling sketch for a future finished piece.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectica June 25, 2000
Amon Tobin has been an artist to watch for quite some time now, but now he has completely outdone himself on SuperModified. When I first stuck this record on turntable, I think a few minutes into it I completely stopped doing whatever it was in the interim, awestruck by how well put together these sounds were. I tend to be a very critical first time listener of recordings, usually leaning to the "oh well" emotional let down, but wasn't left behind on this one. The textures are so dense, combining orchestral string and brass sounds with his signature jazzy bass and drum elements. It's all electronically interwoven like a fine quilt with no room for error (and there is none..). This album is a graduation effort beyond his Permutation or Bricolage, which both had great music on them. The brazilian percussion influences are well intact, heavy hitting, and so eloquently put together that you hardly notice how immense the syncopations are amidst the sometimes tender melodies that accompany them. A very "acoustic" sounding effort, Supermodified is highly recommended, very groovy, and a sometimes loungy, if you will, album.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy and Decadent Electro-Jazz August 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There's not much to add to what's already been said about Amon Tobin. The man is a sort of creepy genius and his music truly pushes the limits of what we'd call "progressive" with his unique Latin-flavored mix of lush samples, larger-than-life cinematic orchestration, futuristic jazz-inspired melodic runs, intricate schizo breaks and evolving drum patterns.
After discovering Amon Tobin, I felt as though I had found THE sound I was looking for my entire life and immediately began touting his stuff to everyone I met. Much to my dismay, I soon realized that this really isn't everybody's cup of tea. It's not terribly danceable, the tracks are on the long-ish side and take their time to reach a full boil. I guess when you say "jazzy drum and bass", some people expect you to bust out a pair of glow sticks and start bouncing off walls like a fool.
One critique I heard a few times is "it's repetitive." This made my jaw drop; however, I have to concede that, rarely, a track may seem to dwell upon one melodic theme for a little too long. Of course, the people who said that have unfortunately short attention spans and openly refused to acknowledge the amazing--AMAZING--manipulation of drum patterns. He's no Aphex Twin in that category, of course--but his beats combined with the gorgeous "noirish" melodies make his music more instantly accessible.
This album can be summed up in one word: HEAVY. When the drums aren't hitting with tremendous force, the subsonic bass lines and swooping atmospheric textures Tobin weaves in create a dense blanket of sound that just smothers you.
I loathe to say it, but this can create a problem, and this is why I've deducted one star from my rating.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not worthy November 2, 2004
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Very few performers in popular music truly earn the label "artist," and even fewer can ever be said to occupy a genre of their own, but in the case of Amon Tobin the label is more than apt. Electronic music, or at least the more respectable branch of it, is generally associated with the intellectual abstractions of such artists as Aphex Twin and Autechre, but Amon adds his own twists to the genre with his crossbreeding of electronica and the music of his native Brazil. While Amon's most recent album, Out From Out Where, was an excellent release, Supermodified still stands as his best work so far, a brilliant set that should expand minds as easily as it expands boundaries.

Filled with fractured beats and ominous atmospheres, Supermodified is a work of dizzying intricacy and variety that offers something different on every track and every listen. Befitting an imagination so restless, there are plenty of excursions into areas where most composers of this ilk would fear to tread: the jumbled drum beats of the head-spinning opener "Get Your Snack On" would sound right at home on a jazz fusion album, and other tracks provide glimpses at light jazz, hip-hop and even some Middle Eastern sounds. Strings, horns, and crazed percussion all find their way into the mix somewhere, but whatever it happens to be doing at a particular moment, what's perhaps most notable about this album is Tobin's use of subtle shadings to achieve a contrast of light and dark more suited to a classic King Crimson album than a dance floor.

It's really this element that makes Tobin's work so compelling: although it's obviously grounded in the electronic genre, it manages to create the sort of mood and ambience that's hard enough to create with live instruments but almost impossible for a DJ to replicate. Supermodified truly is a work of stunning music, one that all open-minded listeners are urged to pick up immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars god of the soundscape
In a world filled with terrible electronic music, it's nice to know that people like Amon exist. This album is beyond what words can describe, so I'm just going to go with the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by thenaturalprofane
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitchfork under rated this album
In perhaps the most insane music review ever written by man, Pitchfork gave this album a 9.1. I'd give it a 9.2391025123 at least....I might be willing to go to 9. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Tobin--my not-so-newfound love!
You know those awesome movie montage scenes that have the amazingly catchy music playing an just about nothing else going on? And they totally just draw you in? Read more
Published on April 19, 2010 by M. Vogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting twiddles
Tobin brought more artistic qualities to the electronic drum and bass genre then most of his peers from early on, and with his third proper, solidified creative integrity with an... Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Amon Tobin really brings it. Good combination of chill downtempo beats and some thumping jungle mixed in. Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by Andrew G. Huber
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Man's Fatboy Slim
I was ambivalent towards this album when I first gave it the once over. To my ear it seemed sonically dispersed, sort of 'all over the place' and 'busy. Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by MassiveAttack
4.0 out of 5 stars Featuring 'Quadraceptor' (!)
Laterally, 'Supermodified' is a mood piece: sound-scapes etc, but as a concept, I'm afraid it's off the rails. It doesn't draw the line, it's in over it's head. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Paul Ess.
5.0 out of 5 stars A CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE!
It will jump from your speakers & demand attention! You've been warned...
Published on October 16, 2006 by O. P. Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Beautiful
It is hard to overstate how much impact this album had on me. Amon Tobin captured everything I love about electronic music here, composing a dynamic, dark and often surreal... Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by C. Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars True Artist
I believe there are very few true artist in this day and age and Amon Tobin is one of them. Original, chic, innovative, unique, beautiful... absolutely beautiful.
Published on February 20, 2006 by D. Villarreal
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