Seminal Work of Electronica - There are only 23 Words
Robert E. Murena Jr. | Fairfield, CT United States | 10/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was probably the first "techno" album and is a true seminal work of electronica. That being said it is also a really good album that is still very accessible. Early techno as a whole is pretty bad but this album really is progressive and shows what an innovator Genesis P. Orridge really is. Songs like "I.C. water" and thee "infintite beat" are classics in their own right and really are among the classic rave tracks.
This is an album for anyone looking to explore the best of early techno and is a must for the PTV Fan.
Probably one of the best acid house albums ever made.
Afrosheen | Dallas, TX | 11/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Towards Thee Infinite Beat was a great introduction to the acid house scene that began in the late 80's and continued on, underground, into the mid 90's. Mr. Orridge provides alot of deep, funky, multilayered tracks that sound deceptively simple and repetitive on first listen, but under the right 'circumstances', really blossom into something much different.
The track Horror House touches on the subject of alienation, even within one's own family, something most of us experience as we grow and age through puberty and beyond. He says, "I have a room, and I have a door, but I need more" and the track is cemented by the mantra, "the horror", which is a sample from Apocalypse Now.
The track I.C. Water was actually a tribute to Mr. Orridge's good friend, Ian Curtis of Joy Division. Ian committed suicide at age 23 by putting a noose around his neck and standing on a block of ice, waiting for it to melt. Hence the title, icy water. It's a song that really sprang from the heart of Mr. Orridge, and you can hear it in every nuance of music and tonality present in this track. It's surprisingly happy, particularly for the generally dark and mysterious Mr. Orridge.
Listeners who like this album may go on to discover Beyond Thee Infinite Beat, which is a decent album on it's own, but fizzles as a sparse set of remixes that loses nearly all the emotion that was poured into Towards Thee...