Delirium Cordia - Fantômas
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  • Summary: Mike Patton (Faith No More) returns for his third studio album (which consists of a single, 74-minute song!) with his more experimental outfit Fantomas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. I don’t see it as a release you can draw much from through repeated listening, but it’s a brave and powerful trip nonetheless.
  2. 80
    Impressively pretentious, and brilliantly executed. [Dec 2003, p.126]
  3. Makes Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare sound like Cats in comparison.
  4. [Delirium] is hardly the kind of record that will be everyone’s bag, but there is so much variety and so much imagination packed into it that we find ourselves recommending it despite ourselves.
  5. Aside from [a] 20-minute stretch, though, Delìrium Còrdia holds up just fine as a suitably unwieldy, adventurous, patched-together series of instrumental bridges with no chorus to reach.
  6. On one hand, it's maddening, especially when the band lapses into twenty-two minutes of near silence. But Cordia demands repeated listens, if only to hear the freakish wonder that is Mike Patton's voice.
  7. Wretched. [Dec 2003, p.124]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. TomK
    Jan 30, 2005
    One gets the sense that there's a frustrated filmmaker hiding somewhere in Mike Patton. One theme which seems to unite his recordings is a love for film whether it be the perverse film score interpretations of Fantomas' "Director's Cut," samples of David Lynch's BLUE VELVET with Mr. Bungle or the Nino Rota-inspired riffing of his John Kaada collaboration, "Romances." Whether or not he'll ever take a break from relentless recording and touring to step behind the camera is something that only he could tell you, but with "Delerium Cordia," Mr. Patton has created a concept album which almost passes for a cinematic experience. It's even confined to only one cd track which is suspiciously similar to David Lynch's preference to release his films on dvd without breaking them into seperate chapters. "Delerium Cordia" is a mood piece which seems intended to invoke the mind trip that a seriously maimed patient would endure while undergoing surgery to save his or her life (peruse the gory cd packaging for further details). What results is an ambient soundscape which is visually evocative. It's like the score to a grim silent movie. The rest of the band should not be shortchanged here either. King Buzzo, Dave Lombardo and espcially Trevor Dunn (whose recent release, Trever Dunn Trio Convulsant, "Sister Phantom Owl Fish" is similarly mesmerizing and a bit more listenable) turn in some of the most subtle and baroque music of their respective careers. As chief composer, this is Patton's baby and it shows a startling evolution from that kooky kid that most of us first saw bouncing around in those first Faith No More videos. Patton may still radiate a bad attitude in interviews, furthering the suspicions of his worst critics that his releases are no more than mean-spirited pranks on credulous listeners, but the music speaks for itself. With "Delerium Cordia," Mike Patton shows not only an ambitious artistic vision, but he and his band mates display undeniable talent in pulling it off. Expand
  2. gustavom
    Dec 24, 2005
    a masterpiece of original and outrageous music , just the opeminded persons can hold up thsi music
  3. SeanF
    Apr 21, 2007
    Bought the album on a whim, the idea seemed clever and avant-garde enough to warrant a listen, and for the entire duration i was entranced. The sudden bursts of delirious distortion contrasting with the great uses of silence within the piece not only entertained me, but actually left me listening intently for the entire 22 minute near silent area of the song. An album that contains only one 74 minute song that manages to impress and entertain for the entire time... Mike Patton is definitely on the right path of musicianship. Expand
  4. TravisO
    Aug 25, 2006
    amazing, thought inspiring, frightening, atmospheric, pretentious. if you have the time for it, delirium cordia will be appreciated.
  5. JamieS
    Mar 3, 2005
    good stuff, just wish it was a little more packed with stuff, a bit too much there with not a lot going on.
  6. evanp
    Feb 23, 2004
    Very frightening, very puzzling, and very, very good.
  7. cowman
    Feb 28, 2004
    That album is crap. Fantomas is one of Mike's worst projects, noly some bits of Director's Cut were good

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