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Oedipus Schmoedipus

Barry Adamson

1996

Oedipus Schmoedipus

Album Summary

Oedipus Schmoedipus is an album by the English musician Barry Adamson, released in 1996. Like Adamson's previous albums, Oedipus Schmoedipus was conceived as a soundtrack to an imaginary film. The album peaked at No. 51 on the UK Albums Chart."Something Wicked This Way Comes" appears in the David Lynch film Lost Highway.

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4584

Genres

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Sun May 09 2021
3

What a fun, weird ride. Some great sax work here. Business as Usual was miserable to listen to. The whole project was strange, but at least he was trying something. At least it's not another "Debut album by British pop band" like 500+ of the albums on here.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

Naming the first track on your record “Set Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis” is statement. Of what, I’m not entirely sure, but it’s cool that he got Austin Powers to do a guest vocal. If you like the electronic lounge-pop of bands like Air and Stereolab, but wish they did it with a less deft touch, Oedipus Schmoedipus’ first few tracks might be for you. Perhaps you prefer Lynchian horror soundscapes, might I direct you to “It’s Business as Usual” or “Dirty Barry”? Coincidentally, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” appears in “Lost Highway” - it took me a minute to figure where I had heard it before. Speaking of David Lynch, the overtly digital jazz on “Miles” could’ve earned a spot in Mulholland Drive, perhaps as the soundtrack for the dance sequence on the soundstage of “The Sylvia North Story”. I’m doing my best with this one, but fuck me, it’s taxing. I mean, I could talk about David Lynch all day, but he’s not the focus here. A few days ago, in a review of Red Snapper’s “Our Aim is to Satisfy”, I bemoaned the list maker’s inclusion of albums for the late 90’s and early aughts that haven’t aged particularly well. Add this record to that pile. Not that this record doesn’t have its moments, but I suspect having a high tolerance for film noir-cheese is a requirement for full enjoyment. If you spend your evenings skulking around dimly lit alleys in a trench coat…boy, have I got an album for you. If you’re still reading this after all my shit-talk, let me recommend 3 records that occupy a similar musical space to Oedipus Schmoedipus, that have held up well and are actually worth hearing before you die. Two of the three, shockingly, are not included on the 1001 albums list: Air - The Virgin Suicides Stereolab - Dots & Loops (possibly the most egregious exclusion from the list) Tortoise - TNT (another glaring omission, imo) Or, you could just watch a David Lynch film or two.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Cool! Then weird.. Then cool! Then scary

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

Soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

wowwwww!!! I had never heard of this artist, album, or any of these tracks before. This is most definitely an Elaine album. Weird, sometimes MJQ, sometimes frightening. Eclectic. Spotify played Badalamenti’s Dance of the Dream Man (from Twin Peaks) right after. All you really need to know.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Haven't you heard, my name rhymes with Elvis

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Thu Aug 25 2022
1

Nice enough background music. In a list of 1001 albums I must listen to before I die, though? Let's let "background music" be a disqualifier, shall we?

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

I was not expecting this on the list. I thought this was an underrated oddity that no one actually listened to aside from anal music geeks. I had assumed that no one really cared about an album from that fella from Magazine that isn't the main fella from Magazine, clearly not. It's the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist, featuring Nick Cave, Billy Mackenzie and Jarvis Cocker, and it's every bit as quirky, sleazy and kitsch as the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist, featuring Nick Cave, Billy Mackenzie and Jarvis Cocker, should be. If the movie was real, it would for sure be directed by David Lynch. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this gem.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

A brilliant surreal genre defying album. Part sleazy lounge music, part funk, part jazz - will be back for more

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Very atmospheric album, some great compositions, and also lots of crazy weird stuff. I enjoy the variety while still maintaining a sort of mysterious vibe throughout.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Interesting album; some nice Primal Scream esque grooves and abstract storytelling. Favourite song is 'The Sweetest Embrace' sung by Nick Cave.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Simultaneously groovy, clever, funny, surreal, and odd. Super interesting!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

A brilliant surreal genre defying album. Part sleazy lounge music, part funk, part jazz - will be back for more

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

So glad this popped up. Never heard of the guy before, now this album is in my playlists. Brilliant stuff

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Dit doet me aan Air denken. Beetje film-achtige muziek. Heel interessant project. Ik vind de melodietjes soms een beetje lift-muziek maar in combinatie met film-geluiden of een relaxte beat heeft het toch iets speciaals.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Some great jams counterbalanced by some absolutely bat shit ones. Best track: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Struggling to get through this one. Every time one of these songs starts to develop into something good, he introduces something cheesy and it all comes crashing down. If the idea is to be the soundtrack to an imaginary film, I keep thinking it's a disappointing sequel to The Saint (which to be clear is already a pale imitation). The strongest feeling I get from this is that I'd much rather listen its influences (blaxploitation soundtracks, Madchester/electronica). Calling it a 2, but that's generous.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

1996 - Genre: Alternative/Indie (jazz, beat, hip-hop)

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

10/10 album full of so many different moods, it can be dark and tense or fun and upbeat just such a great work of art overall

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

Emotional rollercoaster. 4 Holy shit this is one unique album. I love it. Though some songs give me that bad 90s film feeling that I also get when seeing that DVD-ad: "You wouldn't download a car", I think it more than makes up for it with eeriness and diversity. "Vermillion Kisses" hit me like a train. 5

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

i want this to play in the background of my life 24/7

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

very cool

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

Experimental music. Brit oscuro.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Way way way better than Moss Side Story, despite this one having now Dave Graney input. Can see a lot of these being perfect soundtrack tunes

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

very good album - enjoyed it - a hidden gem and want to listen to more.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Oh this is awesome - one of my fave discoveries from this project so far! Starts off sounding like it's going to be a "Screamadelica"-era Primal Scream knock off, and then gets properly weird, I love it. Proto doom jazz! 💀 Fave track - "The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes" and "It's Business As Usual" for being that one two punch that lets you know this album is not what you thought it was. "Dirty Barry" is awesome too. And I love a bit of Nick Cave, so "The Sweetest Embrace" is another highlight....

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Damn, Adamson is a beast. What a strange, yet cohesive album.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

That was strange and surreal. From dark to jaunty and upbeat at the drop of a hat. I’ve never heard anything like this. Great album.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Not at all what I was expecting from the cover! Really enjoyed it.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

interesting album, some songs are compositions over random recordings, some are upbeat piano pieces others are just stories like it alot

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Odd. But quite enjoyable. Glad I’ve heard this now.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

A strange album that fitted my Sunday mood. Definitely revisit.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

really interesting to listen to, and a nice mixed bag

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

- sexy, silly, - low key, mellow - interesting and mildly out there

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Really enjoyed listening to this excellent album. I am familiar with Adamson's work only through his band Magazine, which did not prepare me at all for the music on this album. Full of funky rhythms, jazzy flourishes and a huge sound. Check out the Big Bamboozle for Ellington style big band jazz. 4 🌟

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Calming, unintrusive, chill out good background for socials.. cafe del mar meets miles Davis

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Possibly the best part of the trilogy of soundtracks for movies which don't exist albums. Set the Controls... is a particular highlight.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Previous to today, I cannot say that I have heard of Barry Adamson. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pretty hooked from track 1. The middle section of the album got a bit dark for my tastes (especially 'It's Business As Usual', the stalker-y answering machine piece), but I'll give it a pass being that it's spooky season. Speaking of spooky... I enjoyed the sample of Spooky on Something Wicked This Way Comes. Overall, I probably won't listen to this again as a full album, though I do intend on adding some of the tracks to my 'Music To Work To' playlist. This was a fun find for me. Smug side note. 'In A Moment Of Clarity' was reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks score, so I was right chuffed to find that not only is Badalamenti listed as a similar artist to Barry Adamson, but Adamson also contributed to the score of David Lynch's Lost Highway.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

Bien aime, ca commence fort, pour tomber dans le bizarre et finir fort. Jazzy et experimental on dirait parfois. 4

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Really enjoyed listening to this excellent album. I am familiar with Adamson's work only through his band Magazine, which did not prepare me at all for the music on this album. Full of funky rhythms, jazzy flourishes and a huge sound. Check out the Big Bamboozle for Ellington style big band jazz. 4 🌟

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Nuts in a good way

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

You would have thought that making one album that is a soundtrack to a movie that doesnt exist is enough for most artists. But here's the second one from this man. And this one was great fun. First track is some Madchester/Acid House fusion with Jarvis Cocker singing and then its just a wild ride into weird jazzy and funky tracks until suddenly Nick Cave is appearing on The Sweetest Embrace with his lovely vocals. Nice!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Funky sound. Jazzy, instrumental. 2nd half of album is kinda strange.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

This does sound like a soundtrack album. Really atmospheric & interesting.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Mahtava yllätys. Piti useamman kerran ihan kuunnella.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

uma das melhores descobertas dos primeiros 50 álbuns

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

bela descoberta. qnd aparece o nick cave é a mais

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

The greatest soundtrack to a movie that does not exist. Barry Adamson is a maestro. Side note, if you are a fan of the classic, first Bad Seeds album, this should appeal

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Fun experiment, I guess

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Experimental. Curioso. Volver a escuchar

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

I didn’t know what to expect with this album. No idea who Barry Adamson is but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Interesting and weird enough for a low 4, has some weird scary parts

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Started strong, but lost me in the middle. Good nonsense overall.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

As a sparrow hums a nursery rhyme and a terrier shouts at a stick in the river, this record thumps me square between the eyes. I hadn't prepared for such a klaxon of obtuse clanking and tonking tones. My heart skips a beat like a plastic bag dancing around a set of temporary traffic lights, like a burnt out stripper trying to arouse a lonely businessman, who hasn't had an erection since 1998, like an unwashed chimney sweep eating doughnuts with his filthy hands, like a dying owl choking on a mouse, like an under pressure table tennis player serving for the match, like a hotel receptionist trying to check in an unruly group of teenagers, like a dropped baton in a relay final, like an unopened can of beans thrown into a lake, like a bridge over troubled water, like a worrying itch on a gonad, like a virgin, like a freshly shaven muff, like a piece of shit on the roof of your mouth. I like it.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

weird but good. big band jazz meets avant garde. fun fact, oedipus was a mother shagger. married his own mum, albeit without knowing it was his own mum but still.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Väldigt intressant

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Pretend soundtracks of varying styles (often jazz) held together by a consistent standard of quality

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Yeah…. Detta ägde hårt…

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

A very accomplished album from an extremely talented guy. I get the impression from other reviews that most people were probably unaware of Barry Adamson before listening to this. As a long time admirer of his work with Magazine, I have to confess to being less familiar with his solo work, though I knew it always slanted more towards soundtrack work (for films, it should be added, which were never made). The album erects a sort of moving backdrop across its run time, almost like snapshots into a variety of film scenes which never quite form a coherent whole. One minute it’s a sensual neo-noir crime scene, the next a sinister foreboding befitting a psychological thriller. If, in this regard, Adamson is equal parts musician and illustrator here, then it might be argued that this album does the musical equivalent of labouring this point on certain tracks. But this album’s diversity is ultimately never too disparate as to feel incoherent. Plus, it has Billy Mackenzie doing vocals on “Achieved in The Valley in the Dolls” so it’s a winner for me.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

One of the most unexpected listens from this list so far. Real haunting and unsettling music wrapped in an engaging narrative. I really need to check the rest of the music if it's like this.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

A little sentimental,love the vibes ones and sax tone ones

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

An engaging mix of genres and moods; suffers due to its lack of cohesiveness (and is perhaps best understood as an compilation of sorts rather than a narrative), but this is also what keeps it extra interesting. This album is an odd journey, taking you through snippets of different fleeting movie scenes. The first track is a wild ride and it even seems that there will be consistency in the first few tracks... but the mood is harshily broken in "It's Business as Usual". After that, there are some dull moments here and there (as well as some really interesting ones) until we reach the gem "The Sweet Embrace". For its originality, experimentalist nature and some nice "lounge" tracks that I will revisit, this album is a four for me.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

I looked this album up, and it definitely hits the tone of a fake movie soundtrack. I really liked some of the songs, but Dirty Barry was unbearable. I think some of the ideas on this album were done better by other artists, but it still sounds relevant to this day. Best Songs: Vermillion Kisses, The Sweetest Embrace, Worst Songs: Dirty Barry

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Interesting weird but Interesting

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

8/10

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Never heard it before. Enjoyed it. Probably listen thru his catalog.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

This was a rather good unconventional trip hop album! If you like Angelo Badalamenti and Massive Attack, I'd recommend this.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

This is the perfect album for inspiration. I put it on while writing up a product proposal and it was great background music, but didn't get annoying or monotonous. I felt a littler braver while listening.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

There were parts of this that I really, really hated, but some of it was actually solid. A very up-and-down album. Somebody should have gotten ahold of this guy and told him to cool it with the spoken word. Best track: Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Meh

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

I’ve never heard of the guy and googled him. Someone described his solo music as “soundtracks for movies that don't exist” and I think that sums it up perfectly. Barry Adamson has a wide range of tools he’s showcasing for us and I had a lot of fun creating movies in my mind as I listened along. It’s a unique album but none of the songs feel as if they belong next to each other. I think a 2.5 would more accurately portray my feelings for this album. My favorites are The Big Bamboozle and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

This one looks interesting

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 16/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 8/20 =53 Cheeky Jarvis appearance! But but boring

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Quasi-cinematic music for a film that doesn't exist. Interesting, diverse and noir-ish sounds. Nick Cave guests on "The Sweetest Embrace".

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

A really different and interesting album. I feel like I would get a lot from from this album with more listens. Would definitely revisit

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

An amazing mix of good and horrible songs.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Need to listen again but there were some interesting songs but also just some oddballs

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

This is interesting. Parts of it remind me of instrumental versions of some of the stuff U2 was doing in the 90s, or some of Bowie’s weirder stuff. Parts of it remind of music from David Lynch shit, which makes sense since he did some music for Lost Highway. I don’t hate it, and appreciate it for the influence it most likely had on some stuff I like, but I’m not sure I’d listen again.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

A new artist and new music for me. Most of the tracks got an "okay" rating from me (3 stars). "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis" would get a second listen from me (4 stars), but "It's Business as Usual" and "Vermillion Kisses" were oddities that got a firm "I don't like this" (1 star). I'm not sure if the two bad tracks can sink the whole album. I guess I'll give the album an "okay" (3 stars).

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Fri May 21 2021
3

better than others but some songs really take away from the album as a whole. I appreciate the milestones cover. cool and lounge-y overall.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Some white noise, which was good Rest was less

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

weird

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Pretty good, must revisit.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

interesting vibes hmm

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

gee wonder why David Lynch hired this guy

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

A fever dream of an album - more than a few listens are necessary to fully explore the nooks and crannies here

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Meh.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Cool.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Not sure why the list compiler's fascination with this guy

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Yes, but is it art?

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Cinematic, quite Portishead. I bet they took notes.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

Some interesting, excellent tracks. A couple of tracks unlistenable

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

A few memorable tracks, but a lot of it just felt like background music

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

This didn’t really do anything for me

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

A breath of fresh air, as far as versatility is concerned. However, despite some brilliance throughout, a lot of the stuff is also way too much "out there" for me to conclude this is a truly excellent piece of art. No doubt manny would disagree with me in that.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Interesting, mad, all over the place

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Didnt know what to expect when this came up but I was excited to see Atticus Ross as a contributor! Upon playing I realized I was familiar w some of Barry's work from the Lost Highway soundtrack. Had a good time listening to this - will revisit!

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

As I was listening I was imagining what this fake film is about, letting the music run my imagination. It was quite fun.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Interesting and enjoyable.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Same basic issue for me as with the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads thing: I just find the drama and attitude kind of contrived and overly theatrical. Which I grasp is it working as intended, I’m just not personally into it.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Idek how to tate this. It's just fucking weird. I didn't hate it but I also didn't like it.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Soundtrack-agtigt, cinematisk, svingende

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Loucura.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Intéressant mais bordélique. Pochette incroyable. Prefs: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Miles, Achieved in the Valley of Dolls, The Big Bamboozle, The Sweetest Embrace Moins pref: Dirty Barry

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Super weird - light jazz followed by groovy beats followed by straight up random.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Never heard of him before, but then I read some and found out that I at least had heard him before - in the Bad Seeds. This record was very uneven, som songs are great other not so much. But I will listen to other records by Adamson, might find some gold.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Enjoyable, hugely varied. Standout tracks featuring Jarvis and Nick Cave. Need to listen to a couple more times really.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Originalitat, savoir faire, paisatgístic, evidentment molt cinematogràfic. L'ex Bad Seeds sap el que es fa i la seva barreja de soundtrack music, amb jazz, electrònica i rock alternatiu és d'un nivell força alt. Tothom es queda amb el tema de 'Lost Highway' 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', però a mi em sembla que 'The Sweetest Embrace', amb Nick Cave, destaca per sobre de la resta

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

I can respect the artistry behind this album/artist, but I was listening to it in the wrong setting (work)

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

This was an interesting combo. Big band meets psychedelic rock? It wasn't terrible, but I wasn't in love with it.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

That was interesting. All new to me -- artist, album, songs, etc. -- so I had no idea what the style or genre might be. Some superb beats and rhythms going on here, engaging harmonies and melodies, quite a mix of instruments, styles, and samplings...all added up to an album I enjoyed hearing for the first time. Some of the tracks at times get a bit chaotic and over-stimulating for my ear, but that's my own personal sensitivity and also I have a feeling it's on purpose. Same with the ones that are meant to invoke anxiety. Overall, though, some great grooves and catchy lines. Nicely done.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Some of the pure jazz/blues/prog tracks are good, but most of the album feels half-baked, like a collection of unfinished song ideas.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Experimental y agobiante a ratos, no creo que sea un disco imprescindible para mucha gente. No es malo, pero entiendo que a mucha gente pueda no gustarle. Los momentos más jazz son los mejores para mi gusto: "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Miles", el cuento de "Vermillion Kisses" y "The Big Bamboozle".

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Admirable more than enjoyable. Creating a soundtrack for an album that doesn’t exist, Adamson’s music certainly fits that style of soundscape but if the music serves a film which is not there you feel an archness and hollowness to the project. That isn’t to say some of the tracks aren’t enjoyable - Something Wicked This Way Comes has a groovy vibe and Achieved in the Valley of the Dolls has some nice vocals. Dirty Barry is a horrible track though. Overall, if you’re pastiching Morricone and John Barry, it reaches a point where the listener might as well go listen to them instead. Or watch the movie in context with the music. Can’t do that here.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

I listened to this at work and was on edge all fucking day

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

This was a weird vibe, it jumped around from fun to bizarre to downright creepy, great names tho. At parts I was thinking 4, others a 2, so averaging it out to a 3. The vibes ain't nothing but the vibes

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Very strange really enjoyed the firs two songs then the rest was borderline unlistenable. Generous 3

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Its "songs" have replaced most of the "cinematic", noir quality with loud and frantic body movement. (6/10) FT: State of Contraction, Miles

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

It had me and lost me a few times. I like it when the album gets darker and a bit experimental, kind of reminds me of what Burial or Four Tet would be doing a decade later. Otherwise, it's occasionally pleasing-enough background music. It just never really feels cohesive, bouncing from sound palette to sound palette. Favorite tracks: "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "It's Business As Usual", "Dirty Barry"

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Pretty cool. Sometimes I play an album from this list and I'm like, yeah it's alright, but then I let Spotify keep playing the radio station for that album and I'm like, man I could listen to this all day. This is one of those albums. 3 stars.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Best Song: Something Wicked This Way Comes. The right amount of chill while still being energetic. Pretty major deviation from the sex-obsessed nature of the first track. Good music for working. Worst Song: It's Business As Usual. I actually somewhat like this song as a bit of art. It certainly made me uncomfortable, and I think both vocalists/actors did a good job of conveying their respective emotions, but would I ever want to listen to this track again? Did it fit within the context of the album? Nah. Overall: It's weird. And it doesn't feel like a single album. From a starting track that is unspeakably horny, through muted jazzy rhythmic songs in the middle, plus the occasional spoken word theatre, I don't really understand what the artist was going for here. Some of the individual songs sound nice in isolation, but listening to the album front-to-back just gives you whiplash from the tonal changes.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Interesting album. I really liked the Jarvis Cocker track and the third track. Interest waned a couple of times, which seems inevitable with a soundtrack album, even if it's an imaginary soundtrack. But there was always a decent tune lined up to bring me back around 3.5 stars

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Hard one to judge. First couple of tracks didn't really do it for me despite the presence of Jarvis Cocker and Atticus Ross, but I was sort-of won over by the madness that followed. It reminded me of the David Holmes album that came up, but weirder. I may not return to it but the whole 'soundtrack to an imaginary film' schtick does appeal to me in some way and I think I have to respect the ambition... 2.5 / 3

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Sounds like a fusion of downtempo, rock, and jazz, mostly the Madchester variety that was popular in the raves. There's also hint influences from other genres like gospel and disco in the first and soul in the second, then pulls a Tom Waits in the third. At this point you might be convinced its just one of the million electronic fusion albums of the decade until the fourth track hits you with a horror movie scene. Enjoyed the psychedelic elements, my favorite being the acid jazz "Big Bamboozle", but silly fairytales like "Vermillion Kisses" just gets kinda dumb. I was always critical of Nick Cave but he sounds quite ethereal in both his vocals the light mystical arrangements. Overall, has more than to like, but too long with several complete duds. Favorites: Set the Controls, Something Wicked, Big Bamboozle, Sweetest Embrace

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

It was good, not great just good.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
3

Dark, jazzy, occasionally dissonant and strange. If you imagine this album as Adamson did, like a soundtrack, some of these songs work really well, like "Dirty Barry" or "State of Contraction." The effort to sound dark and seedy is occasionally overwrought, but I appreciate the creativity overall. Fave Songs: In a Moment of Clarity, State of Contraction, The Sweetest Embrace, Miles, The Vibes Ain't Nothin' but the Vibes

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

This was leagues ahead of Moss Side story. There were a couple of great tracks, but it still veered into fair trade cocaine coffee table music a bit too regularly for me to love it.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

That was quite a ride. Melodic, jazzy, creepy as fuck, cool, weird.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Mixture of uplifting and truly creepy

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

The concept of soundtracking a nonexistent film is an interesting one, though it’s difficult to fathom what kind of film this might be. Some wild experimentation here, incorporating jazz, funk, and spoken word-it doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s an ear worm.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Interesting listen, ranged between spoken word, some great tracks, and some that could have been IRD hold music.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Interesting

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Too complicated. Starts off well.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Super busy at parts, but I overall enjoyed the experience. Don't think I'd revisit as a project however.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Interesting mix and experimentation. A good listen throughout.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Very much an incoherent album. The jazz-influenced songs were very good but the atmospheric/soundscape stuff missed the mark.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Certainly an interesting compilation that was put together

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

This was so unexpectedly good that I had to listen to it twice. I also learned that Adamson is ex Magazine, which explains his chops. I prefer the more experimental and jazzier numbers here, in particular his Miles which is a wonderful homage to Milestones. Miles Davis his royal self would approve I’m sure. Adamson’s soundtracks are so good that they should make movies based on his records instead of the other way around.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

The opener on this album doesn't sound very sound-tracky and this sets the town for the album, which seems more listenable on it's own than the last one did.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Smooth - loved the vocal numbers with nick cave and Jarvis cocker most. Interestingly complex jazz at the end considering how chill the rest is.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
3

some of it a little bit too "out there" for my tastes

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Tue Oct 20 2020
2

It's ok but it's also kinda artsy Gen-X nonsense at the same time. Like it's kinda funky, jazzy, vaguely rock-y "organic drum & bass" or something. Style shifts from song to song. Saxophones and shit at times, no real singing but occasional vocals doing background chants and spoken word stuff. I will probably never listen to it again but it definitely doesn't suck. I reckon old mate knew what he was doing, it just so happens that I don't care about what he was doing haha.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

experimental jazz is a tough thing to pull off. I'd say there's some cool bits here but some don't hit the mark.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Such an uneven album.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
2

A bit too weird modern jazz for me

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

weeeeeird

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

I liked the music but the talk-sing was making me anxious when I listened to this and I had to turn it off. Maybe I'll give it another go another time.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Strange as fuck

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Lipsahti taiteellisen puolelle. Instrumentaalit oli oikein hyviä, mutta se tarinankerronta vähän rikkoi flowta. Sinänsä mielenkiintoinen levy tai pitäisikö sanoa taideteos, mutta ei kuitenkaan ihan omaan makuun.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Like his other album, it's a great concept that still feels out of place to me on this list. I enjoyed listening to this, but definitely rated his first album too low - that one was better Saved: The Big Bamboozle

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

A confusing album. Some nice electro jazz mixed with some weird conversational rants and letters. The Jarvis Cocker, heavy breathing, opening track was also not what was needed at 7:15am. Best track: Miles.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

The vocals were very weird, but overall the music was good

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Opening 3 tracks are good and groovy but then it descends into an assortment of tracks for film soundtracks with no connecting threads. Glad I stuck with it as Nick Cave popped up on 'the sweetest embrace'. No idea who Barry Adamson is/was but what a career he's had.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Weird in not in good way

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Sun Sep 05 2021
2

Felt like elevator music to me.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Not my jam

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Thank you 1001 albums generator for answering the question, "What is worse than listening to jazz?" "Hold my beer, John Cage, I've got to compose the soundtrack to Fear and Loathing in Dystopian Web 1.0." The spoken word stuff was alright, though.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Pretty weird. The instrumental stuff was fine but the singing parts were a little too much for me

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

Nice and annoying in equal measures

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Lost 4 stars off the bat with Jarvis Cocker in full sex pest mode. Music is catchy in spots so redeems it slightly.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Lacks any sort of identity or coherence... which is a shame as some solid music in there, but just no sort of flow...

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

Jeff Goldblum talking over elevator jazz, interspersed with audio recordings from Silent Hill. Interesting, bit too weird.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

Its true what they say... don't judge a book by its cover. For some reason I had high hopes for this and it was the opposite of my expectation. Despite a couple good jazz vibes, my ears want an hour of their life back.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

🤔 It was interesting.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

Meh kinda lame

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

A lot of weird artistic expression... vermillion kisses is a weird interlude and others just don't seem like tracks that i'd want to listen to again. Bamboozle is the closest to something cool, but it's a big slog to get to that one nugget. An interesting adventure, but not very enjoyable.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Cheesy ersatz soundtrack music. Cool at its best (set the control, something wicked this way comes), aimless in middle (dirty barry), just pointless jazz-lite noodling at worst (Miles). Nick Cave's cameo stands out as an actual song with charisma and presence.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Hmmm. Good, then bad. Good, then bad. Sometimes jazzy, funky. Then noise. Interesting I guess, but would never listen again. 2

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

Jep jep

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Nomas para saber

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

This album was all over the place. The style of music changed from song to song. There are little to no words and the songs themself are eccentric. Now I looked up the intent of the album, and it was supposed to be music for a movie that does not exist. Knowing that, it explains the different tones of the songs and is inventive in that way. Not sure I would want to see the movie though. I enjoy movie scores and I will relisten to them; however, at no point in time did I think that I absolutely needed to hear this album. I won't be listening again.

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Mon May 30 2022
2

A soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist. Not sure I'd want to watch it - you just know it would be all arty farty, just like this album. Best Tracks: Something Wicked This Way Comes; The Vibes Ain't Nothing But Vibes; The Big Bamboozle

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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

Not nearly as interesting as the first one I got from him.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Probably would have gone three stars if it hadn’t been for business as usual

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

Fine I guess. Getting real tired of these albums that are all about how people mash up samples to create soundscapes

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

De helft vond ik geen muziek.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Dit was met recht 'eens iets anders'. Maar niet bepaald een prettige luisterervaring.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Herkende een nummer van de Lost Highway Soundtrack, maar verder is er eigenlijk niets blijven hangen. Ook niet irritant of specifiek slecht, 2 sterren!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

This was basically just elevator music

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

Parts of it I liked. Parts of it I hated. Usually a part I'd hate right after I'd heard a few things I liked, which would then put me off.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

A few songs were chill & melodic, then it got creepy & off kilter. I did not enjoy this.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

Seemed like this was going to be a decent album at first, but it quickly descended into a self-indulgent "art project." A look at Wiki shows me that "Something Wicked This Way Comes" was featured in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," and that pairing seems perfect: two guys who spend way too much energy trying to be different rather than just getting on with things and entertaining people.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

I don't hate this but don't particularly love it either...It feels like a disjointed soundtrack to a non-existant film...and then reading further about it, almost seems like that was the intent...so getting an extra star for succeeding in the goal...but I don't think I would love this movie either....

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Tue Sep 06 2022
2

No

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

I normally like concept albums, but most of those are progressive rock albums. This album felt like one of the critics, and I'm not a critic.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Starter veldig bra, mister det etter noen sanger. Morsom sound.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

It's like if Tom Waits was mediocre.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

Not for me.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

Some cool stuff in this album. But mainly instrumental and weird. He is trying to make something different and that he achieved.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

I get what they were going for with this album, but a lot of didn't work for me. A bit too disjointed and erratic at times.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Prawie godzinny seans z eksperymentalna elektronika podczas dzisiejszego odsluchu Oedipus Schmoedipus od pana Barryego Adamsona, plyta z 96 miala byc soundrackiem do wymyslonego filmu i tak sie tez tego slucha, pan Barry buduje mroczny klimat kwasowego jazzowania z funkwymi nutkami przeplatanymi monologami i wszelakimi samplami, na uwage zasluguje drugi utwor na plejliscie albumu, czyli something wicked this way comes, bo tak jak zapowiada nadchodzi cos nieczystego, caly album wydaje sie kolekcja niepokojaco schludnie brzmiacych sennych opowiesci, a wiki wskazuje na odniesienia do historii kinematografii na poszczegolnych trakach, ale tutaj calkowicie mnie ominely referencje jakie podobno zostaly przemycone, tak jak elektronika nie byla moim ulubionym gatunkiem, tak nadal nim nie jest, a oedipus jest bardzo specyficznym nagraniem, do ktorego nalezy podejsc z odpowienim nastrojem, w ktory dzisiaj nie trafilem, bo o ile pierwsza polowa plyty byla sluchalna, to druga czesc juz raczej nudzila i nie potrafila przyciagnac na nowo uwagi

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

What even is this?

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Bit too self indulgent for me

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

Thanks to this 1001 list, I'm starting to grow convinced that music released in the 90s is either spectacular or horrendous. This album has background/elevator music on one track, nonsensical jibberish on another, and I don't know what else on the next. Guess where this one falls? 3/10.

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Mon May 31 2021
1

Outoilua joka ei itselleni uppoa yhtään. Pari kertaa taistelin läpi mutta ei levy ainakaan yhtään paremmaksi muuttunut.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
1

Noicdes

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Sun Feb 21 2021
1

refused to finish

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