Twisted
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2001
I started listening to psy and goa trance with bands like Astral Projection and Juno Reactor, and only later expanded my music collection with Hallucinogen's cd's. In my opinion the two bands I first listened to are "light" and maybe a bit mainstream trance. They are easy to listen to and are great dance music too. Hallucinogen though, produces music which is a lot more dark and "psychotic", and can really mix up your head with the sound. I'm pretty sure that many of "normal" trance listeners won't be into this cd. I don't think it's even danceable music. But for more dope headed :) guys this might be a really good choise. The music is very well produced and the cd has a "theme" which lasts from the first song to the last. For all the trippers out there this is great for the purpose.
So, this is anything but mainstream trance, and I think it doesn't go for all trance listeners. But this is only my opinion, and I think everyone who likes trance should at least try this out.
Personally, I like this CD very much, the one star loss in the rating is because I think doesn't fit for all.
PS. I think LSD (1.) might be the greatest track ever. Other REALLY great tracks are 3. and 5.. But all tracks are better than good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2005
Absolutely text-book Goa trance, every wah-bleep, drum crescendo and drug-addled vocal sample in its place. In years to come this will be one of the records to play to people who want to hear what the genre (or sub-genre) sounded like.

Sounds like I'm damning 'Twisted' with faint praise, but at its best Goa trance is an exhilarating and absorbing thing, and this is it at its best. I only gave it four stars because it's not among my favourite kinds of music; if it's one of yours, add the fifth star and don't hesitate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2006
I downloaded LSD and Gamma Goblins (a track not on Twisted) in 1997 and went out and bought the CD shortly thereafter. I've been listening to it ever since, maybe not on a day to day, week to week, or month to month basis, but still with more frequency then dozens and dozens of other albums I've listened to in the past. I don't listen to any other trance, but I do like good music. This is good music. It is also good programming and I believe that it was done on mostly analog equipment. The guy uses a Arp 2600, for chrissakes! If you like complicated, sequenced melodies played on gritty, analog oscillators, this is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 1999
Good goa music is hard to describe. Great goa music is even harder. "Twisted" belongs in a group even beyond that. So where to begin. . . Lets start with the cover art. I know, we don't buy albums for the cover art, but bare with me. The cover is very psychedelic, bright and colorful. Intriguing patterns and phosphorescent colors flow before your eyes, not unlike a kaleidoscope. It takes an effort to remove you're eyes from it. Utterly mind altering. Once you can visualize this, you have taken a small step toward visualizing the music -- a true kaleidoscope of sounds, beautifully melded into the most enrapturing and fascinating music I have ever heard. Let it take you away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2005
It seems these days that a lot of psy/Goa trance artists are either rehashing what has been done before or are experimenting with new sounds that, whilst comendable (and something that results in great music), is prone to missing the point of being either psychidelic or entrancing. This release from Hallucinogen however is straight up yet top notch psy trance. The way this album makes me feel is unlike anything else.

Dark and driving yet also uplifting, huge in both sound and scope yet at its core rather simple, cathy yet not at all catchy and mechanical yet somehow very human, Twisted is an epic and engrossing album that is essential not just for trance fans but for anyone who enjoys psychidelic music. The way the music climaxes and flows means its just as enjoyable for a sober night in as it is at a rave (the true test of good electronic dance music), something that cannot be said for most drug-induced (non-)experiments with a keyboard and a drum machine. The music can both hover over you and sweep you off its feet with its impressive sonic layering and manipulation. The structure of the music is also remarkable. Simon Posford knows how to break a song down and bring it back up again, ensuring that the repetitive lines don't outstay their welcome and the overall feel of the music doesn't become stagnant.

When I first heard Twisted I wasn't immediately swayed but it has since wormed its way into at least my top 20 albums. Highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2000
how many times will we have to review it before everyone understands? All those previous reviews are completely accurate:this is the perfect example of a 5 stars CD.From the 1st track to the last(except a personnal disappointment from track 3 but thats just me...)Twisted will be heard on your cd player, your walkman(because you WILL copy it on a cassette to hear it more often) and in your dreams as soon as you try it once.You owe it to yourself to buy this one if youre a trance fan...and to say that this is only the first work of Simon Posford, what joys are left to come?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2001
It bothers me I have to keep saying this. These tracks were made in 1992-1993. Posford is a visionary. When this album came out under the Dragonfly label, it was an underground hit. Posford gained instant gratification from college radio shows, magazines, etc. It's been almost a decade since then, and this still is better than most music comparable to this. It set a new standard, and many..many.. people copied off his style. Also, posford used a couple of analog synths, such as the MS-20, MS-50, Arp 2600, etc, for this album. Vintage analog synths do not have presets. Get that through your head. It's a "classic standard" for the reasons that people have chosen to use those words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 1999
Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) is a true master of his art. This album is simply amazing to exerience when all your previous impressions of trance music are boom-boom-boom at 200bpm. This isn't supposed to be a mind-relaxing, ambient album. This is GOA full-on, with the unmistakable classic Hallucinogen sound. I use this album to introduce skeptics to goa and psychedelic trance music, and they usually come out and thank me afterwards. Away with all the so-called trance artists who punch some keys and call it a track. THIS is what a goa album should sound like. I don't have a favourite track here... they are ALL my favourites! An absolute MUST, and the first album for every one who is even remotely interested in understanding the true essence of electronic music. Twisted is already considered one of the most classic albums of the genre by fans worldwide; but to me, it is *the* classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2004
twisted is the most amazing fusion of sound i have ever heard. this album deserves 6 stars because simon posford has put together a miracle with this work. the layering of elements work perfectly and it sends you on a journey of sound, no matter how cliche that is. the best songs on this album are shamanix and flouro neuro sponge, just in that they are absolute perfect songs, but in total, the entire album is full of songs, that can be enjoyed by themselves, but the album is better from beginning to end. you must get this album! even if you dont like psychedelic trance, or even electronica in general, this is a perfect album and it need not be passed up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
Sonic waves permeate the membranes of perception whilst one undergoes audial absorption and integration. Welcome to the paradox of illuminating darkness. This one is going to be hard to beat. Ever. Surely a milestone in the ever growing library of Goatrance music. A strong five star album. Your Goatrance collection would be incomplete without it.
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