Luciano Berio: Laborintus II

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  • Summary: Mike Patton's latest solo album is a tribute to Luciano Berio's Laborintus II, created in 1965 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Dante's Alighieri.
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  1. Jul 10, 2012
    Presenting a piece of musical theater as a stand-alone work can be a bit difficult to grasp upon first listen; that said, it does reveal itself ultimately to be a very nearly dazzling endeavor that rewards patience mightily.
  2. Jul 23, 2012
    Laborintus II is a strange and unique creation that despite being far from the days of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More, feels completely and totally Mike Patton.
  3. The Wire
    Oct 3, 2012
    It should still be appreciated for its sonic density, its sustained mood of dread and the universality of its themes, at least one of which--the condemnation of usurers--is painfully relevant today. [Sep 2012, p.63]
  4. Jul 10, 2012
    Those who give Laborintus II a few listens will uncover a few hidden payoffs buried deep within its heap of musical ideas. Those who don't go to the trouble will still appreciate Patton's boundless, difficult, creativity.
  5. 60
    At first glance, it's easy to brush off Laborintus II as half an hour of experimental drivel, but those that stick with it and let it soak will be rewarded.
  6. Magnet
    Jul 23, 2012
    Admittedly, it's hard not to respect Patton's creative adventurousness, but sweet Jesus, the gulf between admiration and enjoyment of one of his projects has never been so wide. [No.89, p.57]
  7. Q Magazine
    Oct 24, 2012
    An album that's--unusually--both disorienting and immensely tedious. [Nov 2012, p.103]

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  1. Aug 10, 2012
    I'm not sure why, but Mike Patton likes making an unorthodox music. Problem is, nobody else does. Let's admit it, the only reason anyone everI'm not sure why, but Mike Patton likes making an unorthodox music. Problem is, nobody else does. Let's admit it, the only reason anyone ever listened or rated bands like: Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, or Fantomas is because of Mike Patton. The guy is blessed with a special voice ranging from low baritone to high pitch scream, then he's a very good front man, but none of his music he wrote after leaving Faith No More is listenable. It's a worthless waste of time and your money. Better put on some old FNM albums than listen to this crap. It's shame, big shame, a front man with a voice like that wasting best years on that. I think one day he will realise he has made a mistake, and that nobody remembers him for all that avant-garde stuff, but for his days with FNM. And that's what he should have done, stayed with FNM. And now it's too late, they can only make couple extra dollars on one of these bull@#it reunion tours. Expand