Flow - Foetus
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  • Summary: J.G. Thirlwell's first album as Foetus in four years finds the industrial pioneer back with eleven new tracks and another monosyllabic title.
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  1. Granted, Flow's torrent of words is Thirlwell's familiar angsty blurt of near operatic proportions, but closer attention reveals his skill as an arranger, producer and rhythm sampler is now verging on the monumental. [#208, p.57]
  2. Flow demonstrates that industrial music remains potent and vital in the early 2000s, and that one of its greatest pioneers is still one of its greatest innovators.
  3. This is the best Foetus record in about 12 years. [Aug 2001, p.88]
  4. The downside here will be fairly obvious to anyone familiar with Thirlwell's previous output. While Flow's integration of big band jazz and other "external" musical styles is some of Thirlwell's most accomplished work to date -- creditable not only to better technology, but to the growth of his already respectable skills as a conventional composer -- its thematic elements remain the same.
  5. Hugely exciting one minute, unlistenable the next and far too much to handle in a single sitting, Thirlwell's noise addiction can still make Trent Reznor seem like a pussycat.
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  1. Jan 21, 2012
    One of the very best industrial albums of the decade. Thirlwell displays his genius in most of its songs. Though certainly not as good as Nail or Hide, Flow manages to take the listener to an utterly bizarre world. Highly recommendable. Collapse