Kesto (234.48:4) - Pan Sonic
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  • Summary: The number in the title indeed refers to the total running time of the Finnish electronica duo's latest album, which consists of a whopping four CDs of all-new ambient experimental music.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Kesto is an overwhelming, unbelievable adventure, but it's not for everyone.
  2. Everything here is in its right place, making Kesto (234.48:4) perhaps the only Pan Sonic album you'd ever need to own, for every style of music the group has ever recorded is presented at length and it's all produced as masterfully as ever.
  3. Kesto works, though, because Pan Sonic, through intelligent sequencing and a burst of inspiration, are essentially offering four separate, complete, and internally consistent albums.
  4. Kesto could have been improved with some judicious edits; but when they are at the top of their game, these Finns are undeniably great. [#244, p.59]
  5. Kesto is heavy-duty stuff, a coherent, 250-minute artistic statement blessed with an epic scope and a dangerous edge.
  6. It's easier to respect the ideas behind the music than to love the music itself.
  7. 60
    While Kesto's sweeping scope is impressive, this long-player is best reserved for cold winter evenings and late-night introspection. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.126]

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. May 17, 2013
    What we have is basically four albums in one. You can read more about the ideas behind the album on wikipedia. My review: CD1 is made up with "hars", powerful track that are heavy on bass, and rather "aggressive". For me it was sometimes headache inducing (thought I do not mean it was bad, but you need to be in the right mindset to enjoy this). CD2 is less aggressive and more "electronic" sounding (synthesizer is more prominent here for example), though still heavy on bass. CD3: Musique concrète that is. This is mostly electroacoustic music. I like the experimental side to it. CD4 is a relaxing 60 min. long ambient/drone tack, which I liked a lot. Summary: CD1: 72% CD2: 83% CD3:88% CD4: 83% OVERALL: 81,5% which is ...8... in metascore. This is a long and interesting album. Definitely worth listening! PS.: I like the cover art...… Expand

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