The Isness - The Future Sound of London
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  • Summary: The first new album for the English electronic outfit in six years sees the band heading in a completely new direction, away from their dark electronica in favor of a more organic, psychedelic rock vibe. Surprisingly (for a FSOL album), there's guitar, vocals, strings, and harmonica, and trippy song titles such as "The Mello Hippo Disco Show." Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Through it all they keep it both consistent (without being same-y) and experimental (without being disorienting).
  2. FSOL fans may not be impressed. But for connoiseurs of sprawling, loony progtronica, this other-worldly masterpiece is so far out you need a telescope to see it.
  3. Interestingly enough, the group manages to pull most of it off, but not without some stops into new-age and downright silly territory.
  4. 70
    A big, bold, brazen statement, epic in places, charmingly flawed in others. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  5. 60
    Its simple structures create memorable and identifiable songs. [Sep 2002, p.76]
  6. This is a fascinating record that doesn't quite work in all places and, in others, seems to work all too well, and maybe too well for their own good.
  7. 30
    Once you're name-checking Supertramp and ELO as major influences, it's pretty much over. [Aug 2002, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10