Black Noise - Pantha du Prince
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  • Summary: The third album for the German techno artist features Animal Collective's Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) and !!!/LCD Soundsystem's Tyler Pope as guest artists.
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  1. I think it’s safe to say that Weber is putting his strengths into fine use and, with Black Noise, it’s utterly fantastic.
  2. Black Noise manages to navigate the tightrope of expectation and creative vision with aplomb. It’s rich and meaty, the kind of album you can really get to know over a long period of time.
  3. At 70 minutes, Black Noise is a big, dense listen but also the kind of album that rewards investment.
  4. By melting away the distinctions between one sound and the next, Weber pronounces that he’s far more interested in affect than effect. Here he also notes that he shares perhaps more in common with the shoegazers than the beat architects. Yet, this mush of sound, sweet as it may sometimes be, may be the album’s only major impediment, as it can at times dull the impact of certain songs or passages.
  5. However precious his choice of sounds might be, Black Noise nonetheless impresses for its forward-thinking and even robust approach to contemporary dance music.
  6. With Black Noise the trance is too sporadic to even really exist, which does make it a much more appropriate record for a casual listen--but sometimes a listener just wants to get utterly lost.
  7. Where ["The Bliss"] bubbled and spat like hot fat, its meticulous construction overflowing with polyrhythms, Black Noise seems disjointed and overlong even though it runs for roughly the same duration.

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  1. Sep 21, 2011
    9
    Loved this album. Takes a while to really appreciate it but i find myself coming back to listen to it again and again. Has real depth. Its theLoved this album. Takes a while to really appreciate it but i find myself coming back to listen to it again and again. Has real depth. Its the only album that i have rated every track as very good. Collapse