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  • Summary: The theme of Mike Patton's fourth Fantomas album (which is similar in sound to their first disc) is a calendar, which each track named after a different day of April 2005.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. There's less brooding menace and more giddy insanity -- without ever giving way to total chaos.
  2. This album is not going to win the band many new fans, but it is certainly a treat for the converted.
  3. So is Patton a charlatan or a genius? While Suspended Animation doesn’t exactly settle the question, it’s shitloads of fun trying to find out.
  4. Though Suspended Animation boasts 30 tracks, it only runs some 40-odd minutes, and those are some of the most densely packed and bombastic minutes you’re likely to find on a record this year.
  5. A fascinating blend of the macabre and the lighthearted, something that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the darker side of both comedy and music.
  6. Although this LP is sequenced into tiny fragments of varying speeds of mood, the LP feels like one super-caffeine express fairground ride.
  7. It begins as quite a thrilling ride. But at this level of concentration, ten minutes feels like an hour; it soon becomes enervating. [#255, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. BingoI.
    Sep 15, 2008
    10
    this album is great!
  2. SheaE
    May 23, 2005
    10
    Another overall quality product from Mike Patton. Great musicianship alongside beautiful artwork and packaging.
  3. AaronH
    Sep 2, 2006
    10
    I know, I know, putting a 10 may seem like a crass move. But the more I listen to this album, the more I'm convinced that it's one of the greatest albums of the last couple of years. Patton & Co. have done it again! Expand
  4. ChrisXXX
    Jun 1, 2005
    8
    While somewhat similar to the first Fantomas record, this is much better executed. The vocals, riffs, and sound effects gel together beautifully. I can only hope this leads to The Director's Cut Part 2!!!!! (Note to Patton: Do some music from Sin City. Please!) Expand
  5. DavidF.
    Jan 11, 2008
    8
    I found this to be their most accessible release yet, and almost gave it a 9.
  6. Joost
    Nov 28, 2005
    8
    + Yes, it's still quite weird sometimes. But when being used to listen to some voice-crap of Patton, this use of his voice makes more a true combination with other instruments, sometimes you can't even distinct one from the other. Watch more cartoons. - No real "songs" Expand
  7. MikeM
    Apr 19, 2005
    2
    Another boring, pseudo-avant piece of crap by Patton. He's been eating his own tail since...well Disco Volante? Or at least Director's Cut. This guy doesn't progresst; he keeps on rehashing older ideas & the only change is putting them in ridiculous forms - either very short or 70-minute pieces. He's holding too many projects and as a result he loses his cred as an artist. No new ideas here, sadly it's becoming a standard for the once great and inventive musician. Expand

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