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After long years of work the author of unique and successful albums "Shallow and Profound"(2000) and "Splendid Isolation" (2005) is back with his new long-player, "Passive Control", which is considered to be the third, closing part of the trilogy.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mole Listening Pearl
  • ASIN: B005LE8CEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With all due respect, i think the first reviewer might have been gunning for a job with Allmusic... who I find also tends to vastly underrate many fantastic albums. I've been a club DJ since '97... so i'm no stranger to being an overly critical genre elitist, and it often takes me a while to come back to some albums before i really appreciate them. So after reading that review, and knowing how amazing Splendid Isolation was/is, and even with me being such a huge fanboy of Yonderboi, i was fully ready to be disappointed in this album.

But I can't be. Because it's awesome.

Yes, "Roast Pigeon" has a supersexy groove to it, "She Complains" has an almost Röyksopp-like "What Else is There?" feel to it (which is a huge compliment), "I Am CGI" is a nice, funky, trip-hoppy segue out of the bleakness of the intro, and "Brighter Than Anything" is truly infectious with its dancefloor-friendly simplicity. But to categorize tracks like "Inexhaustible Well", "Mono de Oro", "Come on Progeny", and the rest of the album as "pointless filler" is... well... woefully shortsighted, to say the least, and just plain wrong at the absolute best.

Now, from a critical music-nerd perspective, i can see how someone might rate this lower than the majestic, underground sleeper that is Splendid Isolation. It IS a much more friendly and accessible album. Not actually "pop" or "sell-out" in any way... but much brighter and more straightforward. It still has the dark undercurrent of the previous album, but hidden inside cleaner-sounding production values, lighter female vocals, and, most surprising, use of dubstep-style beat patterns in a couple of songs(!).
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When people ask me what I think the world's most perfect album is, I inevitably reply with this obscure Hungarian's sophomore album, Splendid Isolation. It was a delicious mixture of lush voices, trippy beats, synths, mood, theater.. everything was there. Art in a box. Perfection. Consequently, this follow-up album was doomed from the get-go. How could anything top it? As it turns out, "Passive Control" does indeed pale in comparison to Yonderboi's last effort, but it's not without several gems

"Roast Pigeon" is the track to remember. The "Fairy of the Lake" or "All We Go to Hell" if you will. It features the signature beats that isn't quite trip hop, but something close to it and a chanting voice that tells you to "reach out and get it." It is the song I typically find on repeat, clean the house to, study to, dance to; it is a gem.

My second favorite is the vocal-infused "Brighter Than Anything" which has enigmatic lyrics behind a hot electronic beat and trippy effects.

Another hot track is "I Am CGI" which includes an infectious sound loop that could have been borrowed from a 1920s film soundtrack. Throw in some bells and xylophone and you got another Yonderboi classic.

"She Complains" and "Come On Progeny" are also personal favorites. They are missing something and sound like impressive B-sides at best, but you won't want to skip to the next track either.

And the rest...well, unfortunately, not worth commenting on. Not BAD or UNLISTENABLE by any means, but yeah.. not very memorable. Overall, still a great album..
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