The Isness

User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12

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  1. Brap
    Sep 30, 2002
    10
    Magic.
  2. MarkussX
    Feb 25, 2005
    8
    FSOL's "The Isness" comes as something rather new and different from the band's earlier work. A mix of 90's-like electronic backbone and hippie and disco effects...The guitar sound is fantastic and the Richard Ashcroft-like psychedelic vocals are "hypnotic". Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans have my utmost respect
  3. IcarasT.
    Sep 4, 2002
    10
    this album is farking brilliant...along with other worthy realeases from the fsol arsenal...it presents luscious beats and ambience unrivaled by earlier realease...even so lifeforms! the isness is going into uncharted territory and is showcasing fsol experimatalism in fields they have barely touched, with great sucess in my view....watt a wicked mf! buy it now!!
  4. Elliott
    Sep 29, 2002
    9
    It really is brilliant. One of the best albums of the year.
  5. RobertF
    Jan 11, 2003
    7
    Yes, sure, this is not FSOL in the times of Lifeforms or my Kingdom, but it´s magic too!
  6. MarkP
    Feb 22, 2006
    10
    If all music was the same I would get bored. So when a brilliant group changes their direction and it works, well, bravo!!!!! This is bloody great. One of those albums that needs to be listened to more than once, but once it clicks, it's SEX.
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Interestingly enough, the group manages to pull most of it off, but not without some stops into new-age and downright silly territory.
  2. Q Magazine
    40
    It's the songs which seal The Isness's fate. [Sep 2002, p.100]
  3. Through it all they keep it both consistent (without being same-y) and experimental (without being disorienting).