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Avant Hard
Add N to X
Avant Hard
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Add N to (X)'s three-analog-synths-plus-live-drummer lineup returns for a sophomore go, handily consolidating the ideas that made 1998's debut so intriguing. With Avant Hard they're more precisely controlling of their sign...  more »

      
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All Artists: Add N to X
Title: Avant Hard
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mute U.S.
Original Release Date: 4/20/1999
Release Date: 4/20/1999
Album Type: Limited Edition
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Experimental Music, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724596909126, 5016025311705, 5016025611706, 724596909119

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Add N to (X)'s three-analog-synths-plus-live-drummer lineup returns for a sophomore go, handily consolidating the ideas that made 1998's debut so intriguing. With Avant Hard they're more precisely controlling of their signature battle-zone squall, but are divining new methods of upping the emotional amplitude, as well. In "Revenge of the Black Regent," for instance, waves of bitter regret buzz and oscillate against an icy marshal drumbeat, while "Barry 7's Contraption" tempers its Spike Jones antics with a melancholy that you can almost taste. Fans of pure screech, however, take heart: cochlea-melting fun is still the group's stock-in-trade. "Buckminster Fuller" sounds like Allen Ravenstine strangling a mini-Korg over a plus-pitched Sigue Sigue Sputnik sample, and blasts of Alec Empire-like intensity infuse "FYUZ." But for a group that raises bombast to such epicurean levels, Add N to (X) have brought into the mix an impressive sense of orchestration--even subtlety--that bodes well for whatever they do next. Can't wait to hear what World War IV is gonna sound like. --Steve Lafreniere

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Avant Hard
r spielman | portland, or, usa | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Quite a few people have already writen reviews for this album so I'll try to give a new perspective on it. The best way to visualize this CD is a giant robot with flashing LEDs and flying blue sparks destroying a metropolitan city in a 70's Japanese sci-fi flick while the army's tanks shoot exploding shells and their planes drop screeming bombs. Meanwhile, near the end of the CD, a strange alien child sings a melodic song in attempt to rouse a huge rubbery robot for the final showdown."
Bliss! Simple, auditory bliss!
J. Brown | Warwick, RI United States | 11/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm sure I'll be short of any words to properly explain both it's artistic nessessity to the musical world and the simple rush it gives me whenever I spin it. Half way through the first track I wanted to be able to hear it all at once. It weaves in and out of sonic, layered soundscapes, with a frequent jolt of sudden 180 degree movements. A brilliant mix of atmosphere and experimentation. From the delicate and driving sound of "Revenge of the Black Regent" to the pure acclerating push of "FYUZ" the funky, dancable "Skills", and the slow delicate build of "Machine is Bored with Love". This disc is a privallege to own and listen to."
Another World Between Two Worlds
Mikey | Portland, OR United States | 10/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The dilemna that faces a group that has created music of such originality, is that potential fans may simply not get a chance to appreciate them. Most reviewers have focused on the electronic nature of the music. It is true that the use of vintage analog sound synthesis equipment is integral to their make up, but what is most overlooked is that a large proportion of the material on this record has a strong rock vibe. Unfortunately, many people that would be drawn to checking them out from the electronic end of the spectrum are probably put off by the lack of sampling, dance floor beat, etc. While many rockers will be put off by the lack of guitars and will never give this music a chance. Seeing this band live confirmed my suspicions. They are a 21st century rock band. Most others are stuck in the 20th century. But Add N to X just realize that guitars are just too limiting at times, so why bother using them at all. Just wait and see. In 20 or 30 years this stuff will be all the rage, and Add N To X will be looked up to much like the Velvet Underground was in the 80's."