The Empyrean - John Frusciante
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  • Summary: The 10th solo album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist features Flea and Johnny Marr as guest artists.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The Empyrean ultimately proves that if things don't work out with his main gig, Frusciante as a healthy, slap bass-free career ahead. [Apr 2009, p.140]
  2. John Frusciante has carved out a parallel world as a solo artist over a series of intensely personal and brilliantly realised albums. His 10th, The Empyrean, is his most ambitious to date.
  3. The Empyrean, is an engaging collection of brilliant soundscapes, fancy guitar work and some intriguing electronica flourishes.
  4. The notable tracks certainly makes this far away from a failure and the record as a whole is yet another solid presentation of Frusciante's unique take on his own solo career.
  5. 70
    Unshackled again from the need to craft radio-­ready riffs, the guitarist unfurls long­-winded but beguiling keepers.
  6. 60
    Unusually for him, his 10th album sounds like a collection of Chili Peppers demos. [Feb 2009, p.82]
  7. While this album may mirror some type of personal imaginative journey for the listener, the truth is it is just too dreary and self-indulgent to endure in its entirety.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 29, 2014
    Sublime. Critics should learn how to do their jobs "This album sounds like Chili Peppers demos" Stupid and inaccurate argument.
    PD: I wrote a
    longer and more detailed review but metacritic's error advised popped... Expand
  2. NateB
    Apr 4, 2009
    I waited months for this to come out, and I wasn't one percent disappointed with the outcome that this album presents to the listener. If I could have, I would've given this album an 11. Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2013
    This is my favourite album of all time, every single moment of it is just beautiful and filled with meaning and emotion for me. It's absolutely incredible on so many levels, from musicality and catchiness to lyrics and theme. This is just a perfect album, deserving of an 11 if I could rate it that. I've never experienced more of a complete work of art, and I doubt I'll love any album in my lifetime as much as I love this one. I even like it more than Funeral by Arcade Fire, and that album is genius. Expand
  4. Brian
    Feb 16, 2009
    The one thing you can always say about a Frusciante album is that he is true to himself. That is ever so evident on this album. You could also say that his perspective on music and what makes it great changes from album to album. His perspective in this case is that music itself is a medium through which one can ascend to the highest point in heaven, a place in which sounds collide to achieve something that is almost divine. Expand
  5. KarineL
    Feb 19, 2009
    This is really one of my favorite album so far. The major thing, his voice improves a lot... It's amazing ! This is the album with the more quality that he ever done. I'm down on my knees. Expand
  6. LG3
    Feb 17, 2009
    This is yet another beautiful, complex, inspiring effort from John Frusciante. Just about his entire solo catalog is fantastic, this has a less "rock out" moments and more mellow, mixing elements. John says "its an album for listening at night with the lights down". I think that's about right. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 25, 2009
    It's always sad when one of our heroes fails. Maybe one good song on the whole thing. Never thought JF would be capable of this. I think he's just getting too comfortable in his life. Expand

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