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Unlearn Single

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Audio CD, Single, January 1, 1999
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Tvt Records
  • ASIN: B000000GU5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Figl on November 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A million soundtrack albums with impossibly fast songs. That was my introduction to Psykosonik. One of those bands that are good enough to churn out generic songs with bleeps and sundry other effects but are forgotten at the end of the day. Shopping impulse and who knows what other compulsion made me purchase Unlearn. And I still ask: is this the same band? Instead of force feeding us with crazy beats, they have opted for subtler sonic textures and melodies. First and foremost come the melodies, the beats are left far behind. WHat is left is an album of tremendous, dreamy beauty that I hope is just the beginning in a series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cap'n Stoob on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Remember when you were young and the world looked like an open book, waiting for you to jump into its pages and write your own epic? Well, back in 1995, the World Wide Web was that book and a lot of bands hopped onto the cyber-everything bandwagon. The only problem is, as many bands and TV shows find out, references tend to date a song or CD and reduce the long-term listenability of it. Things dated lose relvance quickly...only universal concepts last and stay fresh.

With its earlier release, Psykosonik kind of dated itself as a simple rave-thrash/anthem techno group and that album sounds really corny today...but Unlearn is completely different in that it relies solely on the power of lush, organic synths coupled with steady beats and soaring vocals that don't date the songs with references, but rather develop more complex and diaphanous themes like mental expansion and higher consciousness. It taps into a very primitive root, yet also inspires and blossoms into the conscious mind. Some of the music is almost like aural meditation, yet there are songs with a driving beat that are great for the car.

I love all of the songs on this CD, with "Dreaming Real" being the sort of anthem of the entire work, I think. I've had this CD for the better part of 10 years and it has endured hundreds, if not thousands of listenings. I HIGHLY recommend this CD as the foundation of any electronica collection...or even if you're just looking for an album that will make you dream while wakened.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S E R I K O N on March 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Psykosonik is not a typical techno group like Venga Boys or Ace OF Base. Unlearn has a good beat, some are dance-able and some are just imaginative fantacy trance-ish stuff. One reviewer called it organic like and I think that is a good term for the feel of the music. The lyrics are all possitive messages. (The perfect opposite CD to my deppressive Stabbing Westward album: Whither Blister Burn + Peel) I think their songs are good to check out so here is where you can find the lyrics ->
I am never in a negative state of mind when i am listenning to this and if I am, then this ablum helps to brighten things up. Like a maditative good pat on the back "things are not bad in life" deal. That is only if your ear can absorb in the electronic sounds. They are not too complex but then everyone has a different ear. For reasearch purposes I recomend checking up on "Unlearn", "Secret Life", "Need To Die" (in the song they sing 'you don't need to die'), "Within", "Ride", "Breathing Room", and "PGP". I love every song but those should be good ones to see what this album is about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As many people have said, this album is very different than their first, self-titled release. It sounds much more mature, which is surprising considering it was released a mere two years later. Paul Sebastien sings instead of rapping on this album, which is better, because he has a really great singing voice (and the rapping on the first cd got real cheesy.) This is especially obvious on "The Breathing Room," which is almost an instrumental, only you can hear Paul singing in the background (no lyrics). With that said, every song is really good. Don't be turned off by the sort of mainstream sound of the record, though. This recomendation is coming from someone who likes experimental stuff like Coil, Skinny Puppy and Download, so give it a chance even if you're into more "underground" kinds of music.
Oh, and, by the way, as of October 14, 2003, Psykosonik is back. Check out [...] . Judging from the sample that used to be on the site, (which sounds awesome) their new cd sounds like it will be in a similar vein as this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Psykosonik is hands-down the best techno I've ever seen. It's annoying that they tend to be unrecognized in most of the music community because they have such a great sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Etchemendy on June 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Psykosonik's second release, Unlearn, shows their ability to grow as a group.
Where their first album, Psykosonik, was dominated by sometimes overbearing rave, industrial beats, their second album has a more mellow sound for a more refined feel--the second album is lush, more ambient and less dance-oriented, but preserves Psykosonik's ability to create utterly cool songs with nice beats, melodies, and lyrics.
Their second release does not feature the same references to high technology and cyberpunk themes as their first album, but their lyrics are classy and still retain a similar flavor--where the first CD features songs like "Teknojihad" and "Down to the Ground" encouraging listeners to resist authoritarianism, the song Unlearn similarly communicates a message of resisting and questioning what we sometimes take for granted on a more abstract, less cyber-pumped level.
Psykosonik have outdone themselves!
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