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  • Summary: This is the second album of home-made recordings for multi-instrumentalist and former Fridge bassist Adem Ilhan.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Rhythmically tricky acoustic arrangements showcase his soaring, sensitive-bloke vocals. [29 Sep 2006, p.81]
  2. Although more full-blooded and more rhythmically experimental in places, '...Planets' isn't a giant stylistic leap from ''Homseongs', but then, why would you want it to be?
  3. Though the production value of Love and Other Planets intermittently occupies the same close corners that Homesongs did, Ilham's newer work presents a concept that is far too vast to for him to have covered on his rather intimately constructed solo debut.
  4. Comparing Homesongs to Love and Other Planets, as is sadly unavoidable with a debut and its follow up, reveals the former to be the more immediate, the more melodic and the more understandable. However, Love and Other Planets, despite a glossier overtone, is the detailed, developing record.
  5. 70
    Never succumbing to mere cleverness, Adem achieves a singularly intimate expansiveness. [Nov 2006, p.96]
  6. At his best, he Adem creates adventurously and almost unfathomably intricate sonic constructions... At his worst, he treads a little too close to the territory of every other somber, compositionally astute singer-/songwriter. [#14]
  7. Unfortunately, Adem’s efforts to take his music to new places result in the abandonment of much of what made Homesongs so appealing.

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  1. toddw
    Oct 16, 2006
    8
    Planets, space, stars, galaxies, love, and all of us... what does it all mean? Who knows, let's try to figure it out. Everything is Planets, space, stars, galaxies, love, and all of us... what does it all mean? Who knows, let's try to figure it out. Everything is connected, it seems... Listen to the lyrics on this album and have fun with all the sounds and off kilter beats. Give it time, it will grow on you after 3 or 4 listens. I keep coming back to this album as one of my favorites this year. Perfect for quiet, introspective moods. There aren't many songs that stick out as "hits", just listen to it all the way through and enjoy! Expand