Ivory Tower

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  • Summary: The latest album for Jason Beck and produced with Boys Noize shares the same name as the film starring his alter ego Chilly Gonzales, Feist, Peaches, and Tiga.
  • Record Label: Arts & Crafts
  • Genre(s): Electronic, House, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Film Music, Left-Field House
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    His sixth record fuses together the best of his ability, the remarkable piano compositions and absurd lyricism, with production outsourced to Berlin electronic producer Boys Noize.
  2. Produced by Boyz Noize, this is the sound of a rook shuffling with a maverick king, full of harpsichords and pianos and sexy European beats; it will arouse the mind and stimulate interesting positions.
  3. There is enough great music here to make Ivory Tower a worthwhile listen, but this soundtrack drifts in the void between the two extremes of his back catalogue.
  4. Chilly Gonzales has at least done a fine job shaping its aural side into a stand alone piece. It may be a grab bag, but Ivory Tower's contents are largely satisfying.
  5. The feeling remains, however, that Ivory Tower the album will be at its most effective when the visuals come in to play. Many of its instrumentals lack an essential element of either melody or art, so it's safe to assume they will come to life better on screen.
  6. This Boys Noize-produced return is nothing if not perverse. [Oct 2010, p.108]
  7. Gonzales isn't an innovative dance producer, and there's not much pop music in play here either, making Ivory Tower a rather run-of-the-mill soundtrack--one of the many that can't be separated from their films.

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