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  • Summary: The German electro-experimenters return with a follow up to last year's 'Niun Niggung.'
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. If the additions are what make this record distinctive, what's left out is what makes it brilliant.
  2. Even when it all threatens to implode, MOM's restless imagination provides the necessary ballast. [18 May 2001, p.81]
  3. The new Idiology takes the acoustic experiments of Niun Niggung even further, and it's this combination of electronic and "traditional" music -- melding keyboards and synthesizers with french horns and guitars and trumpets into a seamless whole -- that points the way through the dead-ends of most electronica.
  4. Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner continue to create soundscapes that blur the line between programming and live musicianship, and sometimes between Earth and outer space.
  5. The record spans time and genre, reinterpreting everything from ska to country-tinged folk as if it were the product of a whimsically inaccurate translation device from another planet, and in the process creates a new musical language altogether.
  6. Idiology refuses to cohere so completely that it plays out as part of Mouse On Mars's very approach; the duo hop from style to style, treating them like so many stepping stones to no destination in particular. [#206, p.72]
  7. For in the Düsseldorf duo's continuing remit to bewilder and dazzle, conformity is the enemy. Sick of being billeted as d'n'b smugsters, 'Idiology' is a post-everything record - it's the sound of music being carefully shredded in the hope of finding something new and better.

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  1. maxk
    Mar 13, 2007
    10
    Great record.
  2. lk
    Jan 26, 2008
    8
    this cd would easily deserve at least one more point. unfortunately, though, there are at least 3 "fillers", which are not even too short to this cd would easily deserve at least one more point. unfortunately, though, there are at least 3 "fillers", which are not even too short to get on your nerves. Expand