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Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson

1989

Moss Side Story

Album Summary

Moss Side Story is the debut album of British musician Barry Adamson released in 1989. The album is a concept album, a soundtrack album to a non-existent crime film. The music is almost completely instrumental except for occasional screams, vocal samples and a choir. To achieve the soundtrack effect, the song titles are descriptive of a film noir plot outline. The inner sleeve came with a short story written by Dave Graney which added to the concept. This complemented outer sleeve which displays the tag line: "In a black and white world, murder brings a touch of colour...". In a 2017 interview, Adamson reported that he recorded Moss Side Story due to his fascination with film music and as "a calling card [to] send it around to people" in hopes of being hired to write music for actual films. The overall style is reminiscent of the work of Angelo Badalamenti who often collaborates with the film director David Lynch. Adamson would go on to contribute music to Lynch's film Lost Highway (1997) Moss Side is a neighbourhood in the city of Manchester, Great Britain, where Adamson was born. The album title is a play on words and a reference to Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. The title of "The Swinging Detective" plays on Dennis Potter's series of television plays The Singing Detective, while "Round Up The Usual Suspects" is a line made famous by Claude Rains in Casablanca.

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Rating

2.66

Votes

4557

Genres

  • Rock
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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

Who is this for? Who is sitting around listening to this? People who listen to this need to be on a registry.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
1

I have neither the time nor the inclination to listen to the soundtracks of movies that do exist, let alone ones that don’t. An absolute chore.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

This sounds like what it is, a soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist. Some nice bits but fairly pointless

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Fri Jul 30 2021
1

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Thu Aug 18 2022
1

la musique d’ambiance du purgatoire

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Weird album. Weird in the best way though. I might not revisit this album in a long time but it definitely left an impression on me. That is a big contrast from other albums on this list that I forget about after I click on the 3 stars.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Fuck me, another Barry Adamson record on the list? This surely has to be the last. This one is starting off promisingly enough, very avant-garde and soundscape-y, but I’ve got my trench coat and fedora handy, ready to skulk through dimly lit alleyways. The second track brings us into more familiar Adamson territory: repetitive lounge music layered with experimental sound effects and vocal samples. …and there it is! By track three, the trench coat comes on and we’re in a darkened alley, likely there to meet with a foxy dame who’s in over her head or maybe witness a jewel heist gone wrong. Ok, I’m gonna curb the shit-talk, this time. Wait… one more…”Suck on the Honey of Love” is giving “Set Controls For the Heart of the Pelvis” (from Adamson’s 1996 record, Oedipus Schmoedipus) a run for its money as worst song title on earth. Here’s the thing, Barry Adamson isn’t a bad musician. He is clearly talented and you can tell a lot of thought went into his records to make them cohesive, storytelling instrumental records - that’s no small feat, in my opinion. He creates an overall mood and I don’t think it’s stretch to call them “soundtracks”. If these records are supposed to be soundtracks for imaginary films, though, I’m not sure they are films I’d want to see (and I love David Lynch, who Adamson would later collaborate with). I mean, I never heard of Barry Adamson prior 2 months ago, when I reviewed Oedipus Schmoedipus, and I knew going in to this record exactly how it would play out. This one’s better than Oedipus Schmoedipus, but only by a little. Honestly, they’re basically the same record, just 7 years removed from each other.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

I don't know, is this pulled from a clips of a movie or something. It doesn't belong here, it belongs at a 20 year old art students weed party

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Thu Aug 18 2022
1

Insoutenable.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Verging on hints of The Avalanches, what would be perfectly acceptable background music to a moody train ride is elevated to a straight up five star rating purely due to the involvement of Dave Graney in writing the accompanying short story in the liner notes of the album. Hell yeah Dave so happy to see your new pop up in this list.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Loved the idea of an album created as a film soundtrack

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

My initial reaction to this was 'why haven't I ever heard of this?' closely followed by 'what the hell am I listening to?' The longer it went on, the more I enjoyed it. This album is like nothing I've ever heard. 'A soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist' as one article put it. It's probably no coincidence that upon further exploration I discovered this guy used to be in the Bad Seeds, who I love. I'm not sure I understand this album. It's definitely something you could only listen to as a complete album, it would make no sense at all to pick out individual tracks. It's more like an hour-long soundscape than music. I'm not sure why, but I think I love it.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Weirdly, I never knew of the existence of this before (despite knowing Adamson's work). Some interesting ambience. Disturbing and creepy, but sometimes becomes a bit hackneyed. Some amazing production work. A bit like a classic noir / Hitchcock soundtrack as presented in the mind of someone genuinely disturbed.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Pretty banging for an album with no words

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Would watch this movie in a heartbeat. Started out creepy on the wrong side of relaxation and settled into classic Hollywood scores. Interesting listen.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

This is intriguing! A soundtrack to a crime movie that does not exist. This concept isn't new anymore, but maybe Bazza was the first to ever do it. Moss Side Story is at its best when it doesn't feel like a straight film soundtrack, when instead it takes the tropes and upends them. Like "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" with its pizzicato strings turned up to 11, evoking such stresses of emotion, before turning into flowing streams of love - but that's flowing like hot lava. You know what I mean? This soundtrack doesn't need a film - it creates plenty of cinematic drama on its own.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

This fellow's schtick is so odd, but I think the "soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist" idea works much better here than on Oedipus. The back half of this album is straight up full of jams. Disappointed it's not an album about Maurice Moss.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Didn't really "get" it. Sure, nice enough concept, but one of the best 1001 albums ever?

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Sun Jan 16 2022
2

So he wrote a sound track to a movie that was a figment of his imagination. imo,  that means he should go on a vacation to a place where all the people he talks with will be wearing lab coats. 

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Wed Oct 20 2021
1

I'd like to image I hadn't wasted 54 minutes of my life listening to this soundtrack to an imaginary film. Unfortunately I did and I regret that. It has no redeeming qualities at all and completing it was a chore. It sounds like a music student's composition project. And not a good one. Never again.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
1

A soundtrack to a movie that was never made, which is a win for modern day society since it sounds like a movie no one in their right mind would want to watch.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
1

They never made the movie to go with this soundtrack just in case the movie sucked as badly as this garbage.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
1

No

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Thu Sep 08 2022
1

This guy again? My first thought is how the fuck did this guy get two albums in this list when there are thousands of other artists who deserved at least one! Anyway, another soundtrack to film that doesn't exist? So postmodern. If the music was actually interesting then it wouldn't be half bad. The music isn't however. I bet he sniffs his own farts. Best Tracks: Under Wraps; Everything Happens to Me; The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Great instrumental concept album

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Pretty excellent background/soundtrack music, Jazz devil is great!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Absolutely amazing

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Really enjoyed the weirdness.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

I really like the thumping industrial drums on Sounds from the big house.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Pretty cool album.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

En algún momento me topé con la música de Barry Adamson hace muchos mucho años y desde el inicio quedé enganchado. Creo que cualquier persona que tenga alguna apreciación por la música ambiental/instrumental/soundtracks puede encontrar cosas interesantes aquí, incluso si no se le hace brillante. En mi caso siempre me ha fascinado la manera en que trabaja y el tino que tiene en crear historias y narrativas enteras aun cuando los guiones e historias no existan. Este tipo de trabajo de hacer una banda sonora de una película inexistente, aunque no es lo único que hace, lo ha realizado un par de ocasiones y siempre con efectos en mi opinión espectaculares. Todo un arco, desarrollos, elipsis, un climax y una resolución totalmente imaginarios y en perfecta sintonía con la temática.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Brilliant. Gets a bit saxy about halfway through.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Great soundtrack to no movie. Does sound like it could easily fit a mike mann movie.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

5/5 dope ass soundscapes!!! amazing in surround sound. Very eerie

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

very cool

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

This album is incredible. Always have just kind of known this dude's name more for being adjacent to Lynch contributing to "Lost Highway" and know he's worked with a lot of rad people. First time I've sunk my teeth in to one of his singular works though, and it's absolutely incredible and rewarding.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

One of the greatest soundtrack albums for a film that will only ever be made in our imaginations

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

I feel like I watched the movie

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

this has completely sideswiped me. i had no idea anything thoughtful or conceptual came out of moss side but it turns out in 1989 before it gained its guns and gangs reputation it was a place where someone wrote a film score to a nonexistent noir crime film and accompanied it with a conceptual short story.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Incredibly unique album. I lovet the concept. On personal enjoyment, its more like a 3, but Im giving a 4 just for how unique the concept is

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

Really interesting concept and surprisingly modern sounding for a 30 year old album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Quite a stupendous piece of work here. First song was huh? But everything afterwards is *chefs kiss*

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Thu May 06 2021
4

I was surprised and very much enjoyed this film noirish album.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Moss Side Story is the debut album of British musician Barry Adamson released in 1989. The album is a concept album, a soundtrack album to a non-existent crime film. The music is almost completely instrumental except for occasional screams, vocal samples and a choir. To achieve the soundtrack effect, the song titles are descriptive of a film noir plot outline. The inner sleeve came with a short story written by Dave Graney which added to the concept. This complemented outer sleeve which displays the tag line: "In a black and white world, murder brings a touch of colour...". In a 2017 interview, Adamson reported that he recorded Moss Side Story due to his fascination with film music and as "a calling card [to] send it around to people" in hopes of being hired to write music for actual films.[2] The NME review of the albums describes it as a "Grand filmic suite intended as the soundtrack to a "provocative film thriller set in Manchester's Moss Side" and that Moss Side Story is "one of the best soundtracks ever, the fact that it has no accompanying movie is a trifling irrelevance."[4]

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Pretty good! Noir soundtrack with some contemporary sounds at points, worth listening to again for sure.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Will listen to this again

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Under Wraps, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I wanted to be a hater so bad but it wont me over. An album I never would've listened to if it weren't for this site and though it's not for casual listening, as an album experience it was actually super cool. Differed from Nick Cave in that I didn't get tired of his voice after a while because there was no voice, the narrative is carried through the music, song titles, and my imagination. Sounds super pretentious when I put it that way but this was super cool. Almost gave it a 5 lowkey.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Första låten var jobbig, sen blev den riktigt cool

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

nice jazzy bluesy film music

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Conceito muito bem executado. Quando não precisa tero filme para fazer a trilha sonora.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

"Finally, some good fucking food." Memes aside, this is the type of album that gets me on concept alone: imaginary score to a noir thriller set in Manchester. Love the idea, let's see how the execution goes... UPDATE: Loved it.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Interesting idea for an album. That being said, I'm not sure that this needs to be on the 1001 list. In fact a few of these songs gave me a headache.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

I found this really exciting and ambitious

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

A bit of a revelation - I'd never heard of this. It's interesting & intriguing.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

This is the album I have been most excited about until now. I love everything about the album cover and it makes me so intrigued! Is this som dark noir crooner with an 80's production? What is it? I'm so excited and I'm really setting myself up to be severely disappointed. But I'm not! It's quite good. A trippy homage to neo noir soundtracks. And actually some accidental dungeon synth sprinkled in there.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Love this album, possibly his best. Evoking a cinematic universe of danger, love and shadows.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Muy raro e inesperado. Creo que musicalmente es excelente, lleno de juegos con los sonidos que logran el objetivo de Barry Adamson: transportarte a escenas de películas de detectives. Sin embargo, es algo que me costaría trabajo escuchar así, voluntariamente, pero si me deja la curiosidad de checar sus otros discos.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Why has nobody made the film?

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

very different to most things on here, extra star for innovation

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Pretty good, easy background music. The radio static at the start of the album reminded me of 'Songs for the Deaf', maybe Queens of the Stone Age took some inspiration there, maybe not

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Don’t know what I just listened to but I liked it

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

A polarising album - but I like soundtracks and I like the concept

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Trippy, spooky, more vibraphone and it would be the Twin Peaks soundtrack.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

I was partway through the album, thinking it sounded like a movie soundtrack, before I googled the album and found it was soundtrack music to a nonexistent movie!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

This particular album stressed me out because of the horror theme. was a great gateway to a bunch of stuff i like better like jazzier music so raised a star.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Spooky lil freak

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Based on the cover I'm expecting something political. Based on the name I'm expecting show tunes. Diving in, I couldn't be more wrong. The name of the first song, On the Wrong Side of Relaxation, is super evocative. The song itself is very tense, sounds like the opening to a scary sci fi thriller. Panning over a cold alien landscape into a lab with knocked over beakers and other troubling signs of something gone wrong. No people in sight just whispering in the distance getting louder as we move more and more quickly through the facility to finally arrive at a yawning hole in the floor. Suddenly we cut to a shot fading in like we are opening our eyes and our vision clears to see a lovely nurse talking to us lying on the floor. This music super sounds like a film score. The song titles imply a crime drama, possibly gritty, or even, as the album cover implies, black and white and raining, maybe in the style of Sin City. The second song sounds somewhat mod so maybe set in the early 70's. I've never heard of the movie though does it exist? ...Wikipedia explains no, this is the soundtrack to an imaginary movie. Which is fantastic. Love the premise. Loving the music. Tracks 6 and 7 are particularly lovely. 10 is a great mood piece. 2 and 11 and 13 are so fun. 15 makes me think of James Bond. Overall a little weird, but in a good way. I like it.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Horror movie meets Pink Panther, which made sense when I went back and looked at the title of the album. So, well done.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

A concept soundtrack album to a non-existent crime film. Alright, I'm in. The song titles are descriptors for a film noir outline. Adamson recorded this for his film noir fascination and as a sort of a resume to film directors to hire him for their soundtracks. Well, it worked and he was hired for film soundtracks including David Lynch's The Blue Highway soundtrack. As strange as this sounds, I thought this album and concept completely worked. All instrumental as you would expect, except for some women screams (obviously needed). The songs are pretty cool, somewhat creepy at times like they should be and most importantly they do a great job portraying the actions I think they are trying to portray. By the way, Moss Side is a neighborhood in Manchester, England. Some song highlights: the first song "On the Wrong Side of Relaxation" - A nice creepy, proper way to start and has a woman panting, "Central Control" - you need a song with a xylophone in a film noir and "Autodestruction" - my favorite song on the album sounding like vintage Nine Inch Nails. No wonder Trent Reznor has had a lot of success with soundtracks. Overall, a fun and different experience with this soundtrack music for a film never made.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

At first I was like why is this? but then read the Wikipedia article. Cool concept and therefore +1 star

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Well that was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much from reading the Wiki page, but I got the much - and some more. And now I'd like someone to make the film, please.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Not something I'd listen to everyday, but a very cool instrumental album. Bordering on avant garde.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

Interesting. I read a little bit about the album before listening so I knew that it was created to be a soundtrack to a film that didn't exist. Pretty cool concept and the music had a dramatic flair to it, but i can't see myself listening to it in my free time.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Good Soundtrack, a little unorthodox and off but very fitting. Trent vibes

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Weird and surprisingly great

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

This is pretty cool

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Decent soundtrack type album, definitely got some Angelo Badalamenti vibes from it. Sax got a little grating at points.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

This album is both fascinating in concept and very well executed. This is what I come to this list for, albums that I've never heard of that expose me to cool new musical ideas. Yesterday, my album of the day was a Limp Bizkit album that I think was called "Buttholes and Hot Dog Water" and it was the worst goddamned thing I've ever heard in my life. This album was a tremendous palate cleanser after that, and it helped give me the will to go on living after hearing two different versions of the song Rollin' on the same album. Lots of cool bits of music on this album interspersed with sound effects and ambient music. I think it would be easy to fuck up this concept, but Adamson did a great job with it. Considering that this was made in 1989, I would describe this as a real achievement, and I'm surprised that it's not more well-known. I guess everyone was too busy listening to Whitesnake to care 4/5

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

An album that's a concept album, a soundtrack album to a non-existent crime film. Conceptually I am 100% in. I love the idea that he made this partly as basically an album as a CV to folks saying "See, I can do this. Hire me!" Looks like it worked considered he worked on a few movies later. Only part that is kind of meh is the screaming of women which is pretty damn cliche, but then again maybe the time period this supposed movie would have been made would have been full cliche. I wouldn't say I loved listening to it, but nothing was bad and it was a decent background listen. Rated it high for the concept and execution, it definitely sets the tone well.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

This was a really fun listen. Not sure if I’ll ever give it another go, but unique.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

If this was a team competing at the controversial FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, it'd be Netherlands. Cody Gakpo is the GOAT.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

Soundtrack to a non existent crime movie.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
3

This was quite quirky and fun, and I suppose was a bit of a trailblazer in proving that instrumental soundscapes could be popular. But I feel this genre has come on so much in recent years, and while this wasn't at all bad, I can't see myself choosing it over some of my recent favourites, such as Andrew Wasylyk.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Bit weird and disjointed... reckon there’s a good album in their; just needs more attention!

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Mon Sep 21 2020
3

Concept album. Neat

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

1/20 3.5/5. Love the concept for the album, very well executed soundtrack, although I don't see myself replaying much. Standout Tracks: On The Wrong Side Of Relaxation, Sounds From The Big House, The Swinging Detective, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, The Man With The Golden Arm

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Koncept album, soundtrack til film som ikke findes, mord, spænding, sjovt, instrumentalt

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Good but difficult

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Very unexpected listen. I quite enjoyed it at times, will have to relisten to it.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Some odd moments. Some interesting moments.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

This was an interesting concept album. It made for decent background music, but not really something I’d want to listen to multiple times.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

ihan jees, mutta vähän taustamusaa

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

3.5 - A fun concept - soundtrack to an imaginary film. Tracks seem to narrate a noir detective story in a seemingly chronological order such that I can almost see the film unfold in my mind. Best to know the song titles as you listen because they give a sense for the "scene." This was a fun listen. Highly cinematic, interest sounds and loops, cool reverb effects.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Detective soundtrack

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Casi paso de este disco y me alegro de no haberlo hecho porque tiene un rollo súper guay. Ya tengo la banda sonora, sólo me queda montarme la película.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Strong commitment to a bit.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Good for a one stop listen

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Buena instrumental

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Ok. Didn't really grab me, but fine for a background listen.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Вроде похоже на нормальную музыку. Формат саундтрека для нихуя - звучит как какой-то кал. И во многом им и является. Но тут содержание удобоваримое хотя бы. Можно воспринимать как арт- и прог- какой-нить, интересные решения относительно структуры композиции и выбора инструментов. Но возвращаться, конечно, не стану.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Ну я не большой фанат саундтреков, тбх. Вообще хз как это оценивать. Первая песня в наушниках реально немного стрема нагнала. Вероятно, это комплимент как для триллер-саундтрека. В остальном ну. Ничего особо не отвращает, но и слушать просто так не стал бы. Бэкграунд нойз/10

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Mon May 31 2021
3

This was a really cool idea for an album, but we could have gotten the concept in one song. The individual tracks were sort of repetitive for the most part and did not stand up on their own with one or two exceptions.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

This was a wild ride. Not crazy about it but found a great song. Cool concept album

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Soundscape … filmic … some great passages

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

I wanted to love this but couldn't quite get my head around it.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

I like concept albums. I like the idea of creating a score for a movie that doesn't exist. I love Danger Mouse's Rome. This just wasn't quite as good for me. Still enjoyable.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Cool album, fun to imagine the story behind the music. Not something I would listen to alot though

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

interesting concept, interesting execution

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

It is considered one of the most important movie soundtracks without a movie and is an absolutely delightful instrumental music listening experience. If you got time for that (6/10) FT: The Man With The Golden Arm

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

A movie soundtrack for a movie that doesn’t exist. This was really cool! Not something I would listen to again (unless I got some wicked headphones or something) but a fun experience. The sound was awesome

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Speciale sfeer, maar geslaagd in zijn opzet

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

I don't get all the hate for this, I found it to be quite good, but then again I'm a big fan of film scores/soundtracks. A really good soundtrack can elevate a crappy movie eg Gladiator. Some of my favourite albums of all-time are by the OG of film scores his-self, Ennio Morricone, and Hans Zimmer also made quite a few epic soundtracks in his early days, before he started turning out rubbish like Batman, Inception, Interstellar etc. When listening to Moss Side Story I can almost see a noirish detective movie with lots of shadows, wet streets and tension filled chases down dark alleys and stairs. Its too bad the film never got made.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

I have to say that this does indeed sound like a soundtrack of an actual film. He certainly nailed that, especially the ambient parts with background noises. It reminfs me a bit of United Future Organization, who were always keen to break into a Bond-like jam. 1001 gives greater credence to this LP than Barry Adamson seems to, since his Wikipedia (artist) page barely mentions it.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Interesting instrumental type horror movie suspense shit

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Seems like a lost soundtrack to a 1970's alfred hitchcock movie about a carnival serial killer.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

this is really really cool - never heard anything like it

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Pretty wild album. Definitely a trip. Had a lot of Frances the Mute vibes.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Spooky

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Liked it

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Zonder de David Lynch link had ik er misschien wat sneller overheen geluisterd, maar het intrigeert me wel ergens. Niet voor herhaling vatbaar, toch aardig.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

For the most part, this was a pretty solid experiment. I like that it was a soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist. That makes it more like a soundtrack for life. Like when Peter Griffin had his own theme music. I tried to picture what was going on in his life by the music he wrote. It isn't something I'd just listen to for shits but it was certainly entertaining for the time I listened to it.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Pretty good for an album with no words lol, but other that pretty meh 😑

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

Weird. Different.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

The soundtrack for an imagined movie: quite cool noir music, but on re-listening to the album, it has too many passages of very low ambience (but not ambient on the level of e.g. Talk Talk) so overall I am not completely invested. Overall, a pretty decent album.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Imagine a dark, inner-city street. Hear the keys enter the ignition and turn the car on. Now the car is rolling, making it's way to nowhere in particular. The radio comes to life, but it's all scattered voices and static. Follow the car for a little before stopping by a shady alleyway. There's a woman there, muttering strange things to herself. Who is she? Is she alright? Footsteps on the pavement, getting closer and closer as the woman's deranged words get more feverish. Tension builds until suddenly, a scream from the woman! She's been murdered! We have a case on our hands. Barry Adamson is determined to tell you a story. He takes the idea of a concept album and completely commits to a narrative focus. This is a soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist. Vibes are noir, dirty, and cold. I can't help but be reminded of Roman Polanski or David Lynch, as Adamson weaves familiar scenes into each song. To say this album is ambitious would be an understatement. Adamson is banking on listeners being open to the idea of an imaginary film in addition to experimental elements in the songwriting. The Swinging Detective is easily my favorite song on here, but the whole album is really something to behold. Certainly one of the most unique albums on the list, though it can suffer from being sort of boring and narratively vague (likely on purpose, though i still personally struggled with it. Worth listening to once for the novelty, then never again.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

What the heck even IS this music? A very odd one to have made the list.

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Sun May 15 2022
3

Very odd. Certainly interesting but not exactly music, or at least not the variety I’d choose to sit down and listen too.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Interesting

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Bizarre

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

I have to say, this was an interesting listen - but not necessarily always a very fun one. I appreciate the effort though.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Favorite song: The Man With The Golden Arm.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

An album I couldn’t muster feeling one way or another. Late 80’s electronica.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

24/08/2022 Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story 3/5 I’m not going to comment this album song by song because of its peculiar context. Moss Side Story is a soundtrack of a film noir that doesn’t exist. It is quite the experience, original, and it is successful in creating the atmosphere it wants. I think that it handles the composition, using both of music and other sounds like screaming; very well. However, it is a one-time only experienced, at least for me. It is built to be listened in its complete length as a whole; and it is not enjoyable as a traditional music album which has quasi-independent songs (with some exceptions, like Under Wraps, or Everything Happens to Me). And it’s something I don’t think I will come back to listen again, at least on the short term. The thing is that albums that are not pleasant to listen to because they transmit unwelcome feelings, like this one in some instances, or Everywhere at the End of Times (a masterpiece about dementia and old age by The Caretaker); are not something to enjoy, are something to experience.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
3

Very talented, great musician, but too experimental for me.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

very ironic timing

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Very strange, but also very compelling. It really works as a soundtrack to an unfilmed noir flick, which I love the idea of. It kinda inspires you to make up your own movie while listening.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
3

Interesting instrumental album

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Soundtrack feeling, some nice songs amongst it, didnt dislike it but still not a discovery.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Interesting without being great

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Movie soundtrack/murder story

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Love the idea of creating a soundtrack to a hypothetical movie as the driving concept, but I find the results here somewhat lackluster and unfocused, especially when he throws on covers of things like the "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" theme, then the concept doesn't even hold up.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

really interesting idea, very good and entertaining.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I really like the idea of this, and tbh it was pretty well pulled off. Problem is it's pretty heavy on the ambient noise over music, so by about halfway it ran out of steam. But novel idea so 3/5.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

It's a demo reel for a guy who wanted to make movie soundtracks. My best theory for why this is on the list is that it's the closest they could get to breaking their own rule about not including soundtracks. Best track: The Swinging Detective

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Weird eclectic mix. A bit too much background / OST for me.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Terrible as a listening album - nervous, and grinding - like "bad jazz" - might be very fitting as a score or such but not to listen to it

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

This was actually kind of interesting, so it blew Daft Punk away in that regard.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Started off good, then sadly it got weird in a bit great way.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

too artsy for me

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Way too experimental for me

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Didn’t really get it

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

my thoughts exactly samwise; this was more of a score for a tasteful and suspenseful cinema but i didn't enjoy it as an album

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

I did not even remotely like this. It is a concept album of a soundtrack for a crime movie that doesn't exist. "Almost completely instrumental except for occasional screams, vocal samples and a choir"...I was anxious the entire time. This is a serious case of "no one stopped to ask if they should". It's clearly well executed, but not something I would ever listen to again.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

First album I didn’t finish. I thought I would enjoy this going in as it was instrumental but I did not find it enjoyable

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

Interesting. Wouldn’t listen again but had some cool parts.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Nice music, although not really good album 2.5/5

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

Very interesting album if you're going for the crime movie vibe. Otherwise doesn't quite fit.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

2/5 It's ok. Background music at best. Why?

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

Not much to grab onto for me here. Very cinematic in nature. Seemed .more classical than rock. 2 stars

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

OK, so this is apparently meant to be a soundtrack for a fictional film noir movie. Makes sense knowing that - it gets an extra ⭐️ 👏 Bit too experimental for me, though. Fav new track: Under Wraps

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

not great

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

It does sound like a soundtrack to a film noir, but it takes some time to take of as an album. "Sounds from The Big House" is a great track, though.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Wenn man derlei angelegte Musik macht, muss man auch komponieren wollen und nicht bloß Töne aneinanderreihen. Ich bin 45 Minuten drangeblieben um zu hören, ob das Album doch noch irgendwie in die Gänge kommt und habe dann leidenschaftslos abgebrochen. 2 Sterne für gewollt aber nicht gekonnt.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Strange - but interesting

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Ik was hier benieuwd naar, maar het kon me niet bekoren.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Niet iets wat even lekker wegluisterd. Ik was wel benieuwd omdat hij ook de Soundtrack van de David Lynch film Lost Highway heeft gedaan. En die Lynch 'weirdness' zit dus ook in zijn andere albums, hoor ik nu. Maar ik werd er echt onrustig van op een gegeven moment.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

Un mot pour définir cet album: incompréhension.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

Moss Side Story by Barry Adamson is what makes me question the worthiness of an entry on a list 1,000 albums to hear before you die. Why? WhyTheFuq is an album that some guy made to get noticed as a cinematic composer worthy of such an entry? On the whole, the album is…okay, so I'll leave my critiques of Adamson's bland compositions that don't stray from a 4/4 time and take issue Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen of Iceland who wrote the entry for this album in the first printing of the book (and what I would guess is the entries for the reprinting). If you wanted to see a post-punk-avant-garde soundtrack (but I beg of you to tell me what the connection this album has to post-punk other than the artist having been in two post-punk UK bans, but I digress), I'm sure Yoko Ono has something for you and I can guarantee, her view of Avant Gard music is spot on and as a matter of fact, I feel you are blocking her a slot on this list. Congratulations to Barry Adamson for turning a demo into the career you wanted, I'm not sure that I'm for the better after listening to this. 2/5 for the entry on the list | 3/5 for the musicality.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

Today sucks and this album sucks. There’s some decent sounding stuff on it but it’s not enjoyable to listen to. But maybe it’s just the headspace I’m in

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

A bunch of well-done and cool-sounding cinematic audio vignettes, but I am simply not high enough for this.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

Wierd

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Fri May 13 2022
2

I don't know what to make of this album. It isn't good. It felt more like a score to a movie but a movie that does not exist. There were a couple of songs that were bad and I absolutely wanted to skip them. Someone of the other songs were way too long.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Very weird choice for this list. It was unique and interesting, but not in a melodic way. I guess it's a concept album? But not creating anything new. Really not sure why it was in this list.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
2

Not my cup of tea.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

I think it's a cool concept, but for what reason is this album on the list?

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

It's just a bit boring. Well put together but just like film soundtrack without any of the emotional association attached. It did nothing for me. It had a few moments. The discordant flare ups, the occasional bits of clash between jaunty and sinister.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

I love field recordings and ambient weird shit, but this was not my cuppa.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

I mean I like concept albums, however I wouldn't listen to a soundtrack of a film that did exist let alone has been made up for this. Tried to follow the story along but it's mostly background jazz. I mean at times I thought this would be a cool car chase soundtrack, but so what? In terms of an actual album I want to listen to it's not there.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Oh how very silly! There is no reason I should have to listen to this before I die.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
2

First track - what pretentious bilge wank is this? Second track - OK, this is a bit of jazzy Propellerheads, and who can ever dislike a Hammond organ? Other artists have done film soundtracks, both the obvious ones where there's an actual film, or people like The Real Tuesday Weld who do soundtracks to novels. I guess it's an interesting idea, but by the time we reach track "Sounds from the big house" we're forced to conclude that this is the soundtrack to a shitty 80s film, probably starring a very badly cast household name actor as the drunken and off-the-rails detective lead. Russ Abbott, or maybe Guy Siner. Whoever the lead actor is, the director is clearly gurning towards Michael Winner.... Actually wait. Did Tony Maylam hear this before directing Split Second? Ultimately, this might be "a good idea", but in concept it's meh and in execution it is just a bit rubbish.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
2

Absolut nicht meins, random sounds aber sehr funky

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

He should have stayed in the Bad Seeds

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

I read a review that compared this with The Avalanches. Expecting something between meh and really irritating. It was slightly above meh. Some reasonable sounds but I still fell asleep. Not going back to hear what I missed. Why is this in this list?

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Sun Oct 23 2022
2

Not unpleasant, but very strange. Can't justify giving it any more than a 2, really don't get the purpose of it. A film soundtrack is supposed to elevate and add to the film it's supporting, how on earth are you supposed to judge it if there's no film attached to it? 2/5.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
2

Instrumemtal. Some interesting ones. I liked the spy type music

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Jazz. Instrumental. Coñazo

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

The soundtrack to a murder mystery thriller film that doesn't exist. This mainly begs the question, 'why'? Leaving that aside, the first half of this is a convincing and atmospheric soundtrack. It tails off towards the end, but Act 1 in particular conveys a clear sense of what would be happening in the fictitious film and evoces visualisations of dark, murky streets. Perhaps things will come full circle and someone will make a film to accompany the soundtrack one day. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Under Wraps Date listened: 01/11/22

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Typische filmmuziek, maar niet meteen heel leuk om naar te luisteren. Misschien niet mijn soort film.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

a soundtrack to a nonexistant movie.. PASS

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Fri Jul 02 2021
1

A mess

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Very weird - listened while trying to finish up ERRS requests and it feels hectic. I do think it'd be a good as a film soundtrack as intended, and it's an interesting concept, but not my cup of tea.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

Con una radio vieja y unas latas vacías yo podría hacer mejor música

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

“Score for a made up movie” 0/10

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Pues si, parece una banda sonora. Pero lo veo a años luz de ser un imprescindible. Mas bien es un experimento o incluso un disco de piloto automático

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

Dumb

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

Scary. Very scary

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

As a movie soundtrack, pretty cool. As an hour long album, ehhh The Swinging Detective was pretty dope, however

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Fri May 14 2021
1

What is this? Why is this? It's so confusing and so expansive across music styles. It sounds like video game soundtrack music sometimes

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Thu Aug 12 2021
1

It's just a fake film score. I'm sure it would fit a film very well, but why must we hear it without the pictures? Who curated this list?

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

What the hell is this?

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