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Permutation

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Like Regular Chickens
  2. Bridge
  3. Reanimator
  4. Sordid
  5. Night Life
  6. Escape
  7. Switch
  8. People Like Frank
  9. Sultan Drops
  10. Fast Eddie
  11. Toys
  12. Nova


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NINJA TUNE
  • ASIN: B000024BAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I really haven't been much impressed by what I'd heard of Amon Tobin. I hadn't heard much, but to me, it didn't justify the hype I'd heard about the guy. (I think it was in the Xen Cuts set I have lying around somewhere). But, out of the blue, I picked up Permutation out of sheer boredom. I probably shouldn't have.
This is the kind of album that makes me want to punch the creator in the face. In an entirely good way, to be sure. This album shouldn't be possible, it's unnaturally good. Amon Tobin must have signed a deal with the devil. Insane (...).
It has all the precision and mutations of it's Warp cousins of the time, but damn this man's taste in grooves. Such technical music shouldn't make me want to dance this much. I've heard few artists with such skill at manipulating drum lines who can also have such skill with an instrumental track. Portishead and Aphex Twin were probably cleaning their drawers from "Like Regular Chickens" alone. Blood stains and back alley mayhem. Asskicking has rarely been this cerebral. And it unfolds, one twist after another. For 70 minutes of debauchery and technology. Along with Squarepusher, some of the most intense music ever recorded. I'm not lying either. Even the heaviest of metal is overload. It's dulling. Yeah, you can hammer your guitar and drums hard. Great. It sounds like crap. Seriously. Technical, yeah, but apply it with finesse. Most drum/drill and bass, jungle, and hardcore techno will scientifically make you retarded. Yeah, the beat's hard, but it's a 3 second loop repeated for 4 minutes. My 13 year old cousin can do that with Hammerhead. But, back to the CD. "Reanimator" is insane. F*cking belligerently insane. HARD. Yeah, the twinkly noises at the beginning are cute, but yeah, this track will beat you the hell up. Relentless.
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By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I took a deeper listen to this in the record store, I immediately fell in love. It's now two years since I picked it up, and I can honestly say that this is a timeless work of art. Not every track grew on me immediately - "Nova" is a good example. However, like most classics, they took time to reveal themselves to me and I feel immensely blessed for my patience. Each song reeks of creativity and takes you to a different world. My absolute favourite track is "People Like Frank." It starts out innocently - but then the track gets WARPED with the hyper percussion and eerie soundscape. Everything Amon touches is pure gold, and like fine wine, Permutation gets better with age. I almost never use the words "timeless" or "classic" when I review discs; the fact that I used them in the same sentence (see title) should speak loudly of my adoration. If you're not initially impressed by every track, then take a deeper listen. Like Talvin Singh's "O.K.," you'll eventually understand Permutation's inner beauty. It just doesn't get any better than this...that is, until Amon's next album falls from Heaven.
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A Kid's Review on October 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I'm just using the kid review because it's easier(I'm 13, though). And second, I don't really think I have anything to say about this cd that hasn't already been said. It is just horrible that "Permutation" doesn't have a 5 star average yet. I only recently bought this, but I have had "Supermodified" and "Out from Out Where" for a while. (Both being very good, but the former blowing my mind.) I didn't think "Supermodified" could be topped. I had already kind of set it in my "Favorite cd" spot. Then I got this. It's probably the only cd I have ever purchased where I truly enjoy every single track. If I had to pick favorites, I would say "Sordid", "Nightlife", "Escape", "People Like Frank", and "Toys" really, really do it for me. This is the most original piece of music I've ever heard, and if you aren't really familiar with Mr. Tobin, this is probably a good place to start. You're in for a treat. I'm going to get "Bricolage" as soon as I can, but until I do, I can't comment on it, having only listend to a few samples. I'll just say that "Out from Out Where" is much more....electronic, in a sense, than his other work, and I wouldn't recommend getting it as the first cd. Anyway, I better stop or else I'll go into excursive blather on subjects which everyone else has already covered. One last thing : An interesting thing that I noticed was that Amon is apparently a David Lynch fan or something. "Like Regular Chickens" is a part in one of his movies (Eraserhead), and the song actually has a sample from the film in it. "People Like Frank", although it has no sample, is also a line from a Lynch film, "Blue Velvet".

"Why are there people like Frank?"
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Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this CD as I prepped for my radio show this summer. After having heard some bossa nova rhythm ala Joao Gilberto, some trumpets from uncle Miles, and then hard-bop drumming from Art Blakey, I put this lil gem on the player -- and it blended right in.
Loads of listeners called in to ask about the album; Tobin makes jazz listeners of the 90's very very proud. He puts Blakey on speed and produces physcially impossible drumming solos that bop-lovers only've wet dreams about. Tunes're melodic, if not too catchy. It's consistently tasty throughout.
Although I'm a complete novice in electronic music, after listening to this, I found myself growing impatient with Plug and Photek's repetitiveness.
If you like jazz drums, are open-minded, and think -- as i used to -- that all electronic music has thumping uninspiring beats, give this candy a try.
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