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9/10 Daniel Customer review, 20th June 2015
Where do I start? Maybe the sleeve? "Never judge a book by its cover" 'they' say, and they're right. Looking at this, you might be expecting squelching guitars and dirty funk, but you won't find any here.
What you will find are elements of folk, rock, electronica and jazz, some witty lyrics (my favourite - "I'm going to a place where the women have nothing on, except the radio turned up to 10" from final track "Happy Holidays") and fantastic, lush arrangements.
I have to confess that this album passed me by on original release and I didn't discover it til his next, "Insignificance" in 2001, but it's this one I revisit most often. After nearly 15 years of listening, it still sounds great. Highly recommended.
8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 24th November 2014
Sometime Sonic Youth guitarist and general all-round musical genius Jim O’Rourke likes to experiment with gentle, well recorded repetitive loops of musical phrases, immediately evident here on the opening track “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World”. He will occasionally shock you with a bit of a harsher sound like he did with Gastr Del Sol or “Life Goes Off”, the closing track on this album’s brilliant follow-up “Insignificance”.
He is a brilliant producer and arranger too. That is evident specifically on the Beth Orton track “Conceived” which he produced, the way it builds. On “Eureka” his songs do a similar thing. Whilst not being as conventional in structure, they build as phrases are repeated, instruments being added and taken away. There is a mix of styles within this trademark sound O’Rourke has created. “Ghost Ship in a Storm” is a highlight as is “Something Big” which does 60s soft pop at least as well as The Free Design. I get the impression that every sound on here is carefully considered. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention the cover....
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