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Point is the long-awaited full-length follow-up to Fantasma, and it does not disappoint. Cornelius--a.k.a. Japanese pop auteur and clothing designer Keigo Oyamada--thrilled the world with his '97 international debut, a breezy blend of electronica that melded the thick, soupy guitar feedback of My Bloody Valentine to the gorgeous harmonies of the Beach Boys, and fed it all through a peculiarly kitschy Japanese bubblegum pop filter. On Point, the crystal-clear "Smoke" weaves a tangle of jerky new wave guitar over clip-clopping electronic beats and the raw clatter of percussion, while the heavenly "Tone Twilight Zone" elegantly demonstrates that even the most ornate, maximal production can be imbued with calm. Perhaps the album's greatest success is the way that it presents ambient cliché--the gurgle of running water, the breaking of waves, the chirruping of crickets--as just another form of instrumentation. The precise rhythms and harmonies of this enchanting, psychedelic journey into stereophonic sound confirm Oyamada's studio mastery. No one on earth is making music quite like this. --Louis Pattison
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00005S6JT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Starr on January 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't going to review this album, but about halfway through the second song this time I said what the hell. This is a great record from beginning to end. I like it better than "Fantasma" at this point. "Fantasma" was/is a great album, but "Point" just seems to hit a little bit better.
"Smoke" starts off with a reminiscent sound familiar to Tortoise and Yes. The bass in this song is the funkiest part of this album. The song is very well rounded with Cornelius repeating the word smoke over and over. "Drop" takes you on an IDM/Folk journey and also begins the "sound effects" portion of the album. Water running and birds chirping give this a bit of an experimental quality that Cornelius is so good at. The next song, "Another View Point," picks up where "Drop" leaves off. It's a little faster pace, but still keeps the integrity of the album.
The real surprise here is the song called "Brazil." It's the theme song from the incredibly bizzare movie by the same name. I'm sure some of you have seen this one before. Nevertheless, Cornelius adds his touch as always making one of the most intimate songs on the album. I absolutely love the vocal effects on this song. Superb.
I can't wait for you to hear "I Hate Hate." I laughed when I heard it.
All in all I believe this is a better rounded album than "Fantasma." Maybe it's just because this album is new to me. I don't know. You be the judge. Either way, if you get this album, I'm sure you'll be happy with it. If not, give it to a friend. I don't think it will make it that far, but rest assured you'll have a great recording for your collection. I'll bet this will be on some "best of 2002" lists at the end of the year.
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Fantasma, the 1998 breakthrough record and American debut from Japanese oddball Keigo
Oyamada (whose nom du disque is taken from Planet of the Apes) was a thrillingly original, but
frenetic and impossibly eclectic collage of an album that encompassed stylistic (as well as
lyrical) allusions to dozens upon dozens of musicians (the Beach Boys, the Clash, J.S. Bach)
and genres (hardcore, bossa nova, videogame soundtracks), often splicing them together in
second-long fragments to create what might be called (to quote one of the track titles) a
micro-disneycal world tour. It was undeniably fun at times, but there was simply too much
going on for it to work as a real album. In light of this, the title of Cornelius' newest release is
unimaginably appropriate. Where Fantasma was splintering in a thousand different directions,
this new record is cohesive, compelling, and meaningful: it very much has a point.
To begin with, Cornelius works with a surprisingly simple and consistent sonic palette. Almost all of the tracks here are
built on combinations of precisely plucked acoustic guitar chords, sparse but carressing breathy vocal snippets, crisp
percussion that sounds like it actually comes from a real drum set. Sure, he changes things up a bit: "Another View
Point" gets a bit rocky with spiralling electrics and a solid bass groove; the playful "Drop" masterfully encorporates the
sounds of water dripping and splashing (a terrific accompanying video shows a young boy washing his hand);
elsewhere we find birdcalls, subtle banjo plucks, tastefully arranged electronic clicks and beeps, and snatches of
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Daft Punk's "Discovery" was probably the most innovative electronic album of 2001.. now for 2002, it's Cornelius' turn with "Point"
Unlike his French counterparts (Daft Punk, Air, St Germain et al), Cornelius uses electronics on real life sounds, short snippets of drums and voice to create a dizzying mix. So while many of his songs may have a structure familiar to Daft Punk fans, the overall sound is amazingly fresh.
After a brief introductary track containing numerous odd sounds, the album launches with 'Point of View Point', a collage of bossa-style chordal-voices, snappy drums, and acoustic guitar. Each part on its own is dull, but mixed together becomes as entrancing as any flurried Philip Glass piece.
The highlight of the album is the single 'Drop'.. It starts with the sound of water dripping everywhere, a bass drum, a guitar chirping away, and Cornelius cooing in the background. It then launches into a 'Gypsy Kings meets Daft Punk' style latin-dance-patter. Hard to define, wonderful to hear.
'Another View Point' is a Jamiroquai-esque funk instrumental, but with Cornelius' now-familiar cooing voice throughout.
The second highlight of the disc is 'Bird Watching At Inner Forest,' which starts off with a scene of birds cooing and chirping.. somehow Cornelius takes this scene and integrates the bird chirping into an intense electronic bossa-nova groove, with Cornelius providing yet more cooing and Japanese vocals. But, this is a bossa-nova track at heart, but with a techno style production.. yes folks, this is original stuff.
Other interesting tracks are the electronically-voiced 'Brazil' and the heavy-metal thrash 'I Hate Hate'.
So we have electronica/latin/bossa/metal and ambient styles on this disc.. Cornelius is truly crossing the genres, and this disc will delight any open-minded music-lover.
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