"Take a little trip through the mind of Andrew Broder aka Fog. Apparently someone forgot to clue Mr. Broder in on the fact that music has genres, walls that should be left up, and bridges not to be crossed. Maybe he knows exactly what he's doing. Maybe he's watching Beck's genre-blending antics rocket him towads success and stardom and Fog has decided to follow. But for some reason I don't think so. Fog is a million times more sincere. He wears his heart on his sleave and it looks good there. The album has a beautifully cohesive feel from beginning to end, it makes you feel as though you are walking through the Fog. Some highlights of the album:"A Word of Advice" opens the album with MF Doom guest MCing and giving you some words of wisdom on how to live your life.The albums first single "Pneumonia" is a tale of Fog's brush with the disease itself. Beautiful lyrics telling of silverfish, casserole quality, and revelations of life. This track would be a top 10 single in a perfect world."Check Fraud" is the albums next single, Broder explains this track as being about "the guilt of being wealthy". Japanese flute scratches abound.A burst of guitar and scratched drums open "Truth & Laughing Gas" and get the second half of the album of to a flying start. This is one of the most perfect meldings of guitar and turntables accomplished to date.The albums closing tracks of "Ghoul Expert" and "And Stay Out" showcase Broder's penchant for writing anthemic rock ballads on par with Radiohead. Fog harmonizes lovley melodies with himself and lets you slowly emerge from this murky world and back into you own. Another amazing release from Ninja Tune and definitely a contender for album of the year. My only complaint is why did Ninja Tune remove two tracks from Fog's original independant release of the album? These tracks, "Heartcrusher" and "Just A Boy Growing Up", are beautiful pieces of the album and deserve to be heard. Let's hope Ninja releases them in the future."
It's gettin' foggy...
Aaron Pause | SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK USA | 07/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"just saw these guy's in boston last monday and what i want to know is, where the hell was everybody else! i know it was a monday but what else did you have to do that was so freakin' important...well the small crowd added to the intimaticy of this wonderful group...they played as though hundreds of people showed up instead of the ten plus...you could easily tell how wholeheartedly devoted they were to their unique sound (which any discription would fall far short from what was being produced, so i won't try)...please check this fantastic group out, you won't be disappointed...Greenn#3"
Not for those expecting more ninja tune fanfare
akronym | st paul minnesota | 03/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard to accept what we don't understand. if exprimental music is what you are interested or you enjoy all means of music, this is for you. Andrew's Fog is very dope, featuring mf doom???? and dose one!!!! If you are a Cloudead fan, an anticon fan, or a fan of out there music than listen. but it's definitely not recycled bossa nova trip hop, which ninja tune has been known to release. It's beyond definition."
A Fog MASTERPIECE
Tyler Hacke | Moscow to Porland | 07/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I decided to write this review because these other two idiots had such horrible reviews for such an absolutely brilliant piece of musical genius. This record is subtle, yet moving. Songs like Pneumonia and Check Fraud stand out in particular. I absolutely can't get enough of this album and anyone who would call it a "horrible" record either has only given it a brief listen (every listen you discover amazing new subtlties and nuances) or is a total review hack. This, along with Ether Teeth and 10th Avenue Freakout are the best of Fog (I wasn't a huge fan of Ditherer however) and they will be appreciated by anyone with taste. Once again, this record deserves praise, and it saddens me greatly to see bad reviews like the two above on Amazon. Get this one, you will not be dissapointed."