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A Sphere in the Heart of Silence

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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing (plus download) of this 2004 album from the eclectic guitarist. Although John Frusciante is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, he also has an active solo career, having released 11 albums under his own name. His solo recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to New Wave and Electronica.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Record Collecti
  • ASIN: B00065U09A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are not too many artists around who can create such a wide variety of music. Especially none like John Frusciante or Josh Klinghoffer who together have created a very special album with 'A sphere in the heart of silence'. All six songs on this album, which runs for around 35mins, are completely different to any other John Frusciante release.

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.
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Many who listen to England's electronic art rockers Autechre, the ever-eccentric Bjork, or to Radiohead's more recent catalogue editions like "OK Computer," "Kid A," and "Amnesiac," merely sit in awe of the intricate digital textures, rhythmic programming, inventive synthesizer manipulations, and the surrealistic atmospheres which they create. Others, like Chili Peppers' guitarist John Frusciante and his long-time friend, Josh Klinghoffer, are inspired to the point of imitation. Luckily for us, they do it well.

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.
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I bought this album for "Sphere", "The Afterglow", and "Surrogate People" and they did not disappoint whatsover. Very warm and ballsy sounding on vinyl. Even became a fan of the piano ballad "My Life". Frusciante records are only going to keep increasing in value, may as well grab this record before it's $50.

Wish there was a pressing of To Record Only Water For Ten Days. That is the crowning jewel in Frusciante's catalog.
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If you like experimental music or electronica then chances are you will enjoy this album quite a bit, but if you don't and are just a Frusciante fan or a new fan altogether than try to listen to this before you buy it.

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.
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