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When

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Vincent Gallo is known more for his ego than for his artistic skills. He's the model-actor who wrote, produced, and starred in the pretentious indie flick Buffalo 66 and refused to do any interviews unless he was guaranteed to get on the cover of the publication. While it seems there's nothing modest about Gallo, his musical skills do deserve whatever attention his name may bring them. He has been making music since the mid-'70s and played in a band (Gray) with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the '80s, and his debut record is cut from a very different cloth than most other indie offerings out there. For those who have heard the Buffalo 66 soundtrack, When takes a very similar, delicate dream-state approach to lounge and jazz. The CD fades in and out of chopped-up beats, thick strings, sedated guitar strummings, and Gallo's very feminine tenor. Wisps of vintage keyboards and breezy late-night jazz hang like cigarette smoke above this sultry, after-midnight collection. Although some of the song titles are a little much ("I Wrote This Song for the Girl Paris Hilton"), the music is much more subtle and surprisingly beautifully crafted than one would expect from someone as outspoken as Gallo. --Jennifer Maerz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00005QDGH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Warp. They're sick. The music they release is so experimental and anti-social, yet so infuriatingly addictive. There is now no need to listen to anything other then Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and now, Vincent Gallo. But honestly, this kind of music most people find too 'out there', 'weird' or just plain 'the worst music I've ever heard'. In short, this album 'When' is not going to win you any friends.
Vincent Gallo is not a household name. He has gained a small amount of fame amongst fashionable trend-setters and trend-watchers for being on the cutting edge of everything. Painter, photographer, race car driver, writer, director, actor, Calvin Klein model, musician. If he's not a Renaissance man, I don't know who is.
He's also gained notoriety from not being the slightest bit shy about his extreme right wing political views or about mercilessly trashing just about everyone in Hollywood. I suggest reading some of his interviews online, they're funny. He's a pretty witty, thought-provoking guy.
Anyway, this album 'When' is underrated. It got publicity when released because it was just so odd that this album of almost comically plaintive and emotional soft rock would be released on Warp. But that's a shame because it's a very good album. It's very minimal, soft-sounding guitar ballads, and normally I'd think that would sound very ..., but it somehow sounds wonderful. Mostly due to Vincent's production. It sounds great, he recorded it on rare, vintage equipment that makes it sound shockingly warm, dreamy and just different. 'I Wrote this Song for the Girl Paris Hilton' has a saxophone loop. Very beautiful and relaxing. BTW, Paris Hilton is a person, she's a sexy, blonde heir to the Hilton Hotels franchise. 'When' is an intensely personal, sad, sad song.
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Vincent Gallo has been called a narcissist, a prick, and even at one point a fa*got.

One thing you rarely hear Vincent Gallo called in a genius. The man has directed and written two films, acted in several, he's edited movies, he's produced movies, he's been the director of photography, he's composed music for films, he's even been an underwear model. This album marks his first album (not counting the great "Recordings of Music for Film") and it's really terrific. Vincent Gallo has created something rare on this album, something you're likely to not hear on any CD that's came out between 2000 and now. His music is surreal, hypnotic, and even beautiful. If you've read a Vincent Gallo interview than you know how into "beautiful" he is. Gallo plays everything on this CD; All the music and all the vocals. He wrote everything on the album, he produced the album. He treats the music like he did his movies, with tender care. The music is really trippy, if you've seen "Buffalo 66" then you've heard some of it. His voice is extremely feminine, to a point where if you heard it on the radio (although, trust me, you never will) you'd think it was a woman. His voice fits the music perfectly though. I don't care what Gallo's personality is like, this man is immensely talented. Here are the tracks:

1. I Wrote This Song for the Girl Paris Hilton-5/5-This opening instrumental track is different from anything you'll hear in this modern day. It's weird and Paris Hilton will never hear it, but it's really good.

2. When-5/5-My favorite song on here. While it was a shock the first time I listened to this song to hear Vincent Gallo's singing voice, it fits the music perfectly.

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Vincent Gallo may be an arrogant and cynical person, but his first solo album (not counting his "Buffalo 66" soundtrack) is anything but provocative ! The ex-Calvin Klein model, actor ("Arizona Dream", "Nenette et Boni" et.al.), part-time musician ("Gray") and writer-director ("Buffalo 66") wrote, produced and performed on an album, that is nothing short than the most surprising record so far this year !
It's a real task describing the mood or sound of the album accurately. For example, the track "Honey Bunny" reminds me for some strange reason of bands like Gastr Del Sol, but there are also a few dub elements there as well ("I wrote this song for the girl Paris Hilton", "My beautiful white dog"), while Vincent Gallo's high and sensitive voice often seems to recall the spirit of the late Chet Baker ("When").
Nothing really spectacular happens during the 43 minutes of playtime. The music comes very soft and mellow, which is somewhat odd, when you consider what a publicity-addicted guy Vincent Gallo is ! I wonder if Warp Records really knew what they did, when they signed him.
Despite all the fuzz, "When" is an album that is both inspired and convincing in its own way, and though it IS a little self indulgent (why not ?), I would lie if I wouldn't admit that most of these wonderful songs were among the best I've recently heard. Although not for everyone's taste, I recommend this album without getting red.
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