Foley Room

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  • Summary: The Brazilian electronica artist utilized a different technique for his first non-soundtrack album in five years, building his tracks out of field recordings and found sounds.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Foley Room might be his darkest work yet.
  2. In the end, what makes The Foley Room Tobin's best album in seven years is the way his bent for organized chaos manifests as a deft control of every sound that surrounds him: Anything's a beat, everything's a break, and the difference between sound and music is entirely contextual.
  3. A smooth, natural progression from Supermodified.
  4. In concept (and on the accompanying DVD), The Foley Room is a heck of an idea and meticulous in production and sound. Musically, though, the end result isn't the best work from Tobin.
  5. Give Tobin credit for shaking things up, but Foley Room is more an example that proves he should stick to his strengths and go back to the vinyl-filled crates for material.
  6. The album has plenty of stirring moments, but it falls short of being truly engulfing with its sound.
  7. The end result doesn’t vary that much from his usual dense, dark, cinematic ramblings but it’s good to see he’s keeping busy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. bs
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    This is a great album. It shows an evolution in Tobin's sound, and it gets me even more excited for his future works. I've never This is a great album. It shows an evolution in Tobin's sound, and it gets me even more excited for his future works. I've never had a problem with any of the material he has put out; he keeps getting better with each release. Expand
  2. DanB.
    Mar 24, 2007
    10
    I don't even like electronica. I hate it. It's the most god-forsaken, melody-free p.o.s. music category out there. I'd rather I don't even like electronica. I hate it. It's the most god-forsaken, melody-free p.o.s. music category out there. I'd rather listen to, I don't know, revivalist bluegrass. But Amon Tobin? Amon Tobin does not fall into genres. This guy is... I don't even know, he's just amazing. If you've ever liked any of his stuff, you ought to like this album. Somehow he manages to always sound the same but never really get boring or repetitive. (Conversely, if you hate his stuff, this won't convince you... but listen to his old tracks 'Nova' or 'Easy Muffin' and maybe you'll be converted.) Expand
  3. ChrisH
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    Absolutely awesome, i own all his albums, and was very excited with the release of this. Has the huge openers 'BLoodstone' and Absolutely awesome, i own all his albums, and was very excited with the release of this. Has the huge openers 'BLoodstone' and 'Esther's' heard prior on the Bloodstone single, amazing sample based warped and composed. Through the album great mash ups especially some of the tracks generated on the amontobin.com website (give it a go its great fun) but some massive suprises, like 'Always' with a strong vocal content (not MC) and 'At the end of the day' with an amazing ringing melody. You'll either like the guy or not, having serious troubles with some of my friends covincing them past some of the complex stuff, to actually have a proper listen, sit down and listen a few times, to understand and enjoy wahts going on! 10/10 Expand
  4. jay
    Mar 12, 2007
    9
    Nice to hear from Tobin again. The slower sounding songs take some getting used to, but overall it's great to hear him experimenting and Nice to hear from Tobin again. The slower sounding songs take some getting used to, but overall it's great to hear him experimenting and not repeating himself. Not his best, but certainly interesting and know more interested in hearing his next and where he will go ... Expand
  5. WalkerV
    Mar 13, 2007
    9
    A psychological and deeply affecting album that shows extreme creativity in a well-produced, conducive package
  6. ToddW
    Apr 27, 2007
    8
    I saw this guy at an outdoor festival last summer and it was an ear-opening experience. At first you feel like you're being overwhelmed I saw this guy at an outdoor festival last summer and it was an ear-opening experience. At first you feel like you're being overwhelmed by some Phil Spectorish Wall of Sound from Hell, and you pray it would just stop. After a while Tobin's masterful control of sound begins to inculcate itself into your synapses. You soon find yourself involuntarily moving to the sound which seems to be emanating from Heaven itself. When it's done you're both physically and emotionally spent. And wanting for more. The guy is a sheer genius at manipulating sound and this offering continues in that tradition. Too bad the sheep can't get an earful of this on their way to slaughter. It might just alter their path of musical self-destruction. Expand
  7. matta
    Mar 19, 2007
    1
    This is utter crap.

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