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A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
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The album opens with 'sphere' - an 8 minute instrumental layered over the top of synthesiser and a lot of noise. The first guitar solo is John's and its brilliant. This song would have been better left at its original 30minute length, cos its quite a ride.
'The Afterglow' is probably the grooviest song on the record. A techno like song, this is John's vocal painted over the top of Josh's genius.
'Walls' is a great lyrical effort and the angriest song on the record with John's screams piercingly good.
The next song 'Communique' is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. It is worth buying this CD for this song alone. The first I heard it I swear I had an out of body experience, it is amazing. This is Josh's song and it sounds like it is being performed live in your room. Any one who has heard it will know what I mean...
The next two songs both feature Josh on vocals yet again and sound brilliant, this guy can sing. John's guitar blends nicely into these two songs which again contain a lot of synthesiser.
The final song is a short, soft, 2min track with John providing vocal and piano. It is a nice way to round out the album. I hope to hear more from these two guys in the same mould as this album, it deserves an encore.
Those expecting a disc chockfull of Frusciante guitar solos should look for one of the other six, yes six, solo albums the Chili Pepper string magician is putting out this calendar year. "Sphere" is a highly electronic, synthesized, beat driven, heavily layered, and groove oriented album. "Sphere" trades in the Chili Pepper sing-a-long offerings for atmospherically catchy rhythms and dance-inciting grooves. Yet, it still owns its share of melodic licks, and, an intoxicating two-minute Frusciante guitar run starting four and a half minutes into its first track to satisfy Chili Pepper fans salivating for such.
Frusciante and Klinghoffer weave beautiful vocal harmonies on the lazily paced and melodic "Surrogate People," while the beautifully symphonic "At Your Enemies" sounds perfect for background for a Blue Man Group performance with its xylophone runs, helicopter like interjections, and captivating Klinghoffer vocals.
Klinghoffer takes the reigns in the highly atmospheric "Communique," seemingly setting up his piano atop the windy Alps with Frusciante experimenting with his modular synthesizer a few steps behind.Read more ›
Wish there was a pressing of To Record Only Water For Ten Days. That is the crowning jewel in Frusciante's catalog.
1. Sphere - This song isn't bad par se, but the opening part of the song lasts a good four minutes and if you're looking for something that gets it over with quickly, this isn't it.
2. The Afterglow - This song has a funky little guitar piece that plays throughout and it's overall feeling is very techno-ish. Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to decipher what John is singing and it doesn't help that this record comes with no insert containing lyrics.
3. Walls - This is one of my favorites on the album. The drum machine sounds really neat as does the distorted riff that plays throughout. The singing is also very cool with John's voice being complimented by Josh's whispered singing style. Very nice.
4. Communique - This song is pretty interesting. Between the two tracks that are very piano driven on the album, this is probably the better of the two.
5. At Your Enemies - This is another song where Josh does the vocals. The effects are really nicely done and I think a lot of it is done on a synthesizer. Josh's singing here is very hard to understand, but equally beautiful. It's pretty good overall.
6. Surrogate People - This song starts out with an interesting synthesizer part that will continue through the song. The acoustic guitar riff that is played is very beautiful and relaxing. This song sounds like it was written for Shadows Collide with People which John said it was in his album bio. The lyrics sung by John are interesting and thoughtful.
7. My Life - This song is good, but it shouldn't be on this album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first track, "Sphere," sounds more like Tangerine Dream in their prime than anything Tangerine Dream themselves have recorded lately. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Jerry Kindall
I am a fan of Frusciante and love his work with Josh. I think this album would appeal to a wider audience (opposed to some of his other material) but one should be open-minded... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
One of the best collaborations between John & Josh. Walls is my favorite by far, but this album needs to be heard from start to finish. An Amazing album!!!!Published on September 3, 2012 by Michael
If you asked John's fans 12 years ago that he would be making an electronica album in the future, they would probably burst out laughing. Read morePublished on February 17, 2008 by S. MCBEATH
I read some of the reviews and I don't believe that they do so much dislike it. I know that you have to have a special sence for music to like Jonhfru. Read morePublished on August 6, 2006 by anna.booklet
After The Will to Death, I was convinced that John Frusciante is a god. His solo albums like Shadows Collide With People, Curtains, Will to Death, and Inside of Emptiness are so... Read morePublished on June 18, 2006 by V.D.M.
Fru fans, do not overlook this album. This one takes more time to get used to it - but, all Fru albums have that characteristic to some degree. Read morePublished on August 30, 2005 by bart-q
better than most albums ive ever heard. All Johns albums from TROWFTD till Curtains are 5 stars except this album, which ironically i was looking most forward to. Read morePublished on May 26, 2005 by Jonti Daniels