Designed by aliens on mind bending substances. Best electron
Peter | Mars | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, imagine you were kidnapped by aliens. Taken to their planet and asked to write an album for them with the alien musicians. This is what I would have expected you to come up with.
Each track surpasses the last as they take you on a trippy journey to another world full of alien creatures. Listen to the hanger, a wonderful conceptual trip into area 51's holding tanks, full of aliens, where you walk, (literally, complete with footsteps, turning keys...), into the hanger where you find yourself stepping into, firing up and flying in your own alien spacecraft.
Kryll is the stand out track for me, it just builds and builds. When I own a spacecraft. This will be the first track I play in it as you flip the warp engines on line. That's kind of what it sounds like, a ship going into warp space. Utterly weird. Utterly brilliant. You will never have heard anything like this before in your life.
I don't know what these fine guys were on when they wrote this, the best ever electronic album in the history of music, but I really really want some of it.
I also write and produce electronic music so I can tell you absolutely, this is NOT made up of samples, as wrongly stated below, it was made using TR808, TR909, Alpha Juno, Waldorf wave synths, PPG waves, oberhiems, moogs, wavestations, you name it, a dream collection of the most exotic synths you could ever wish to own.
If you have ANY interest in music, no matter what you like, you MUST buy this album. Awsome feat of engineering."
davetheman | Wheaton, IL United States | 07/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok I just read through the reviews here and generally saw what I was expecting. The only thing that threw me off......let me just say it's fine to not like something or say that it's not your cup of tea....but to say that Eat Static uses boring samples and boring drums......uhhhh obviously whoever stated that had NO idea how Eat Static's music was created. It's not like Merv and Joie made that stuff in one night......this is some of the most complex amazing INSANE electronic from 1997 I have ever heard. And to see someone writing that it was dull and boring just blows my mind i've never heard another cd that even compares to this one in original creative sounds and structures. Do yourself a favor and buy ANYTHING by Eat Static"
Astonishing Record from an always-awesome band!
the_rev_dr_wu | Charleston, WV United States | 09/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having heard all of eat static's previous releases, I feel obliged to give this one its due. This album is simply incredible. I will agree with some reviewers that it is a bit of a departure from Static's previous records. The focus seems to have shifted a bit more towards staggered rhythms, overlaid with bizarre, shifting atmospheres and very alien sounds, rather than the straight-for-deep-space sparkling trance feel of their previous records. On this one they venture, on some songs, farther from 4-on-the-floor beats and get into their own strange take on drum & bass-type beats (check out the tracks "Bodystealers," "Dissection," and "Interceptor" for examples of this). It's a bit like this: on the previous records, they constructed a crazy starship using mostly earth-built components, and now they're using more components of alien origin. Tracks 3 and 4, "Kryll" and "Spawn," are a bit closer to the old records (mainly cause of the beats), and are superb, haunting trance tracks. The way that Static builds melody and "riffs," (if you can call them that) on these tracks is wonderfully strange and intriguing. The last track, "The Hangar," is a beautiful track with a deeply-resonant recurring theme. I must disagree with "A Music Fan" who said that this record is devoid of emotional content. To the contrary, there's plenty of it. Rather, the emotions that this recording conjures, at least in myself, are quite powerful yet simultaneously unnameable, alien, beautiful yet beguiling and disconcerting. And this, I think, is exactly what they were going for. Highly recommended."
NeW sOuNd fOr StAtiC
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is very different fom Eat Static's previous cds, and it took me a while to really catch on to their new, more electronic-video game-ish sound, but overall, it is a pretty cool cd. "Spawn", "Bodystealers", and "Cotact" are pretty tripped out. If you have notheard any other Eat Static albums, DO NOT listen to this one first!!! if youre a fan of theirs though, then you will more than lkely be satisfied. Some killer beats and basslines. Almost too many electronic bleeps and blips. My cause Listening Fatigue...."