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The Isness

January 1, 2002 | Format: MP3

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By LHB on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As one of the reviewers below suggests, I'm starting to think that you really had to be alive in the 60s, and preferably highly sentient by 1972, to realize what an absolute masterpiece this is, with perhaps one qualification. The major one for me is that to truly appreciate FSOL one has to "conceptualize" each of their releases in terms of the initial album (i.e Dead Cities) and the subsequent "translations" that followed (i.e. My Kingdom in the case of DC's) and view them as an inseparable "whole." As such, when I think of FSOL's "Isness," I view it as a three disc set consisting of the original album, "The Mello Hippo Disco Show" and "The Otherness." Now, in light of the kind of music FSOL are making here, look both backwards (into your record collection) and sideways (at what other artists are doing presently). What compares to this? Sgt. Pepper's? Meddle? In the Court of the Crimson King? Larks Tongues in Aspic? Red? Close to the Edge? Go back and give them another listen, great as they are, and be prepared to be surprised. Radiohead? Daft Punk? The Orb? Only if you're the kind of nut who thinks that Joe Strummer was "really" a better guitarist than Jeff Beck still is.

FSOL have done something here very much like what DJ Shadow did on Entroducing, except they used their brains instead of a turntable. To my ears, this is the most intelligent, coherent, "collageist" summing up of everything that was wonderful about Progressive Rock (anybody who says "Prog" is showing their youth) and Psychedelia that one could wish for. A song by song breakdown would be tedious, and I'm not in any way slighting incredible stuff like "Dead Cities," which I consider to be their masterpiece.
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Format: Audio CD
I had to go back to my clasic prog rock albums of the 70's and do my homework after listening to this album. I even had to listen again to my krautrock collection for a while. And after I was done I sat down to listen again to "Isness".
What a great, modern, progressive rock album. What a great departure from what these guys have been doing in the past.
The experimentation is there, the concept album is short of there, the long tracks, all the ingredients are there.
And to make a long story short, I absolutely love this album. As I loved everything FSOL has released before. It is great music.
I have been missing the kind of albums that is evident that their creators have spent long hours in the studio, thinking, ruminating, living, getting inspired, absorbing the drama of life and struggling to put it all together in an album that at the end they are proud of. I am so sick of this cut and paste music that is all around us today. I am disgusted by this music and all the promos and the little untalented girls and boys repeating the same 5 notes again and again ,and the hype and all this media bull.
Thank God that groups like FSOL are out there still serving the thinking listener with great material, something that you have to listen again and again to get it all, like a difficult book , a difficult exercise, that after you solve it you end up with this feeling of self satisfaction and accomplishment.
Yes, you have to listen to this album a few times, it is a remarkable piece of composition, great diversity, very deep , with a great spectrum of different instruments that I wont even bother to list. Unbelievable music. MUSIC with capital M.
A must buy for all FSOL fans and thinking people out there that have warned out their Yes, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer albums and thought that no one can make this music anymore.
Not true. Not true at all.
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Being an old FSOL fan I bought this record with reservation. I was skeptical as to whether they would be back in their old form. Well kids....they're not. Don't buy this record expecting to hear the old FSOL because quite frankly it sounds nothing like them. They should have released this under a new side project name and marketed it to the indie rock scene. I rate this record two stars as an FSOL record, however, it's actually pretty decent in its own right. This is pure psycedelic rock, highly recommended for Pink Floyd/David Bowie fans. As a psychedelic rock record I would give this four stars.
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Here's the deal -- it looks like Hypnotic has released not one but two different versions of The Isness in the states. First there's the digipak version, with the lineup mentioned above (it starts with "Elysian Feels"), but there's also a version in a jewel box (same catalog number, same label, same UPC, same title as the digipak version) that starts with "The Lovers." Each disc has a couple of tracks not on the other disc, and the mixes and lengths of the "duplicate" tracks are different. Which version will you get when you order? I have no idea.
The good news: both are completely loopball, over-the-top trips into densely-packed 60's-style psychedelic musical landscapes, combining sitars and guitars with samples and sequences.
The bad news: both are completely loopball, over-the top trips into densely-packed 60's-style psychedelic musical landscapes, combining sitars and guitars with samples and sequences.
If you can accept that some of the album's going to be hippy-trippy business, and you can sit through a little bit of plaintive prog rock, there are deep rewards in store for you. Even though the sound may be very different, this still is the Future Sound of London, and that means that dense ambience ultimately collides head-on with screeches and blips and looped heavy beats in addition to the newly rediscovered violins and sitars. On the other hand, if you're expecting the slick neo-futuristic dance-beat crunch of early FSOL, you will be disappointed. You're going to have to be adventurous for this one. You're going to have to step outside of the electronica/IDM/illbient mold and embrace fuzzboxes and horn sections and Revolution Number 9-era tape loops grooving alongside S900s and Atari STs.
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