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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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2.83

Votes

3667

Genres

  • Rock
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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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5

Soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist

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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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Haven't you heard, my name rhymes with Elvis

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Cool! Then weird.. Then cool! Then scary

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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

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

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

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very cool

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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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5

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

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

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

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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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4

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

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

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really interesting to listen to, and a nice mixed bag

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

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

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

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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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Nuts in a good way

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

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

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Mahtava yllätys. Piti useamman kerran ihan kuunnella.

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uma das melhores descobertas dos primeiros 50 álbuns

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bela descoberta. qnd aparece o nick cave é a mais

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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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4

Fun experiment, I guess

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Experimental. Curioso. Volver a escuchar

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

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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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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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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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Meh

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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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This one looks interesting

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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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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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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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An amazing mix of good and horrible songs.

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

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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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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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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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Some white noise, which was good Rest was less

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weird

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Pretty good, must revisit.

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interesting vibes hmm

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gee wonder why David Lynch hired this guy

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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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Meh.

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Cool.

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

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Yes, but is it art?

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Cinematic, quite Portishead. I bet they took notes.

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Some interesting, excellent tracks. A couple of tracks unlistenable

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

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This didn’t really do anything for me

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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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Interesting, mad, all over the place

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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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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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Interesting and enjoyable.

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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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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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Soundtrack-agtigt, cinematisk, svingende

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Loucura.

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

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

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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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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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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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Rating: 6/10

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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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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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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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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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3

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

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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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3

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3

It was good, not great just good.

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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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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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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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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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Such an uneven album.

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A bit too weird modern jazz for me

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weeeeeird

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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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Strange as fuck

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

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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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Weird in not in good way

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Felt like elevator music to me.

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Not my jam

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

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Nice and annoying in equal measures

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

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2/5

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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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🤔 It was interesting.

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Meh kinda lame

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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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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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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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Jep jep

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Nomas para saber

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

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

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De helft vond ik geen muziek.

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

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

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Noicdes

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refused to finish

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It's pleasant. It's unchallenging. It's not even one of the 2,002 albums you must listen to before you die.

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Not for me

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Terrible title. That’s the first thing off the checklist. I think there’s a fine line to be walked with this ‘atmospheric beats’ sort of music, and I can’t quite put my finger on when it does work and when it doesn’t, but… this wasn’t it.

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Whether I like this or not seems to depend greatly on my mood. In a good mood, I am absolutely willing to put up with this record’s BS. Not so much if I’m annoyed, which is a bad thing for this album because I’ve mostly been listening while driving. It’s a joke album and the joke isn’t funny, really. Favourite track: “The Vibes Ain’t Nothing but the Vibes” (get it, because it’s a vibraphone . . . ugh)

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The most eclectic mix of genres and styles that I've ever heard. Never would I mix spoken word with disco tunes with jazz(?)-like structures. It's not something I'm ever going to listen to again either despite its interesting composition.

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I don't really understand what this album is about or for. It is really just free-form art put into a "listenable" state, so most of the songs exist just for the sake of existing.

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I'm not enjoying this, not really even as background.

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Struggled a lot to finish this one, skipped within the tracks quite a bit and did not miss anything because in most of the tracks everything has been said by the second 40. Unbearable cringy at times, it fits a lot with so many of the records in the list that are there not for their artistic value but because they're weird. It grabs a second air with “In a Moment of Clarity” but soon sinks again in its repetitiveness and huge self-awareness.

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This album, in particular, reminds me of this group of LoDo nightclubs (not dance clubs but lounges), which opened in the early 2000s, done by this interior designer I was friends with. The designer would proudly invite some friends to attend the grand openings for VIP tables and comped bottle service. I would spend the requisite time there, covering my free yet overpriced vodka drink whilst wondering how much longer I had to listen to the bad music and some Chad in a jewel-toned button down telling me about his struggle to pass the real estate exam or his job in finance while telling me how much he liked the music. This is not a cohesive album, more just a collection of tracks. And the transitions between them are non-existent. Each song is a jarring new sound. Add in the weird talking over the grating electronic sounds followed up by some jazz, this album is a hard no for me.

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To much crowd noises.

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Barry Adamson's third album released in 1996, is filled with lounge / soul jazz music. It's an interesting album because I have not heard music like this before. It sounded dark and melancholy. One song was literally an audiobook short story. This man is either crazy or a genius, and I guess I would have to listen to more of his music to figure out which he is. However for this album, I don't need to listen to it again.

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Badipus Schmobadipus

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Strange mix of songs. I'm also mortified that a bass player would try to make a bass sound like it. It sounds like General Midi on Miles(tones). Jarvis, while a national treasure is a creepy man. I don't like him ejaculating out of my headphones.

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A very experimental kind of jazz music, too experimental.

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What? "Set the controls..." sounds like a ripoff of Vogue and the Farm... Too much contrast between different instruments, melodies, Mix of bad jazz interlaced with bad lyrical poetry.

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What? No.

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This was absolute pants. If I could give it minus stars I would. Minus one thousand stars for sounding like jellied tripe.

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shit

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I really didn't like this album. But I get the impression that that Barry Adamson doesn't want people to like this album. He's clearly capable of creating music that people will genuinely enjoy but, Adamson seems to be of the school of thought that "art" and "entertainment" are mutually exclusive. As such, he's made this album unenjoyable for more than a minute or so at a time by making a point to dial up the "nope" factor any time the album starts to get good. It's no surprise to learn that Nick Cave was attached this project as it has his distinctive stench smeared all over it. Adamson and Cave both seem to be cut from the same, soiled cloth and I just don't have the patience for the feces they try to sell as "art".

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Go bang your mom dude

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What the hell was dit!?

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Doe mij maar Nilsson Schmilsson

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The amount of the album that was like straight answering machine recordings was bizarre. I get they were going for a story of sorts but it didn't work for a casual listener like myself

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