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TIMOTHY'S MONSTER

Motorpsycho

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5 stars With nearly 100 mins of music this really is a monster. Packed with original material without a dull moment. Timoty`s Monster is a bit less diverse than previous release Demon Box but still there is big variation of song complexety and intensety. Between the masterpeices The Wheel and The Golden Core on disk two, there are two tracks. One is Sungravy which is a slow tune played on acoustic guitar and some violin. The other track is Grindstone, which sounds like Satan driving a bulldozer (they even opens the Demon Box at the end of the song) , so you never know what`s coming on this album. 11 tracks on disc one, all of them high quality with the highlights of Leave It Like That, Giftland and Watersound. In the words of David Bowie: it`s a Fantastic Voyage. 5 stars.
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Posted Monday, March 15, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Out of all the Motorpsycho-releases, this one was THE one that showed that they were more than just a "metal band with delusions of grandeur"*. After the first three releases which mostly belonged in the metal category, Timothy's Monster forever broadened the horizons for what could be done in one album (in an MP context, of course)

CD1 is easily the most accessible, and features acoustic driven ballads, awkward pop/rock with Pavement and Sonic Youth influences, shoegazer alā My Bloody Valentine and Ride, psychedelic rock with certain nods to The Grateful Dead and progressive elements (like mellotrons, hammond organs and jamming). All that in 11 songs and 57 minutes!

But for the Prog Archives die-hards, it's CD2 that probably will be the real payoff. 4 songs, 42 minutes. The Wheel lasts for 17 minutes, and is a droning, psychedelic and apocalyptic masterpiece that even provided lotsa room for endless experimentation live. Sungravy is an acoustic prog/folk-ballad with a nice string arrangement. Grindstone is a non-compromising metal song with harrowing vocals, repetitious riffs and a f---ed up noise ending that just keeps on getting louder and louder until it's abruptly cut off. And then The Golden Core ending the album on a 13 minute epic prog-rock journey reminiscent of King Crimson's finest moments (Epitaph, In The Court..., Exiles and of course Starless)

Some people were complaining that the metal was almost gone, and that the album was too diverse in expressions and styles. Maybe it is, but why should one complain when the songwriting is of such high quality, and the songs are so well performed?

This album cemented Motorpsycho's fate as genre-surfing, supersonic scientists.

(*= Quoted from the liner notes in the "Roadwork 2" live album by Motorpsycho)

NOTE: This album was re-relased August 9th 2010 in a 4 CD box version with a bunch of outtakes, demos, pre-versions and covers. Order it from their labels, either Stickman Records or Rune Grammofon.

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Posted Monday, April 19, 2010 | Review Permalink
Bonnek
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4 stars The third Motorpsycho full length marks an important step for the band, both in terms of musical ambition and execution. The previous album Demon Box was a very diverse album but it could still largely be tagged as a metal/stoner album. With Timothy's Monster, the band found a more personal mix of heavy indie rock with psychedelic experimentation that fans probably identify as psychonaut-rock.

Timothy's Monster is a 2CD set and presents two entirely different faces of this versatile band. CD1 is a collection of short 90's guitar-rock songs with influences from grunge, indie and shoegazer. It is a pleasant listen but not much more then that. A lot of these songs are good but a bit faceless, fit for college-rock radio stations of their era but no Sonic Youth, Bloody Valentine, Cure or Nirvana for sure. 3.5 for this disc.

CD2 is an entirely different beast and probably of more interest to kraut/space-heads. Especially the 17 minute The Wheel is worth getting the album for, at least for fans of long and well crafted drones. It reminds of Kraut psych trip-rock, soaked in spaced-out feedback, hazy organ and fuzzy sounds. The main point of inspiration might actually have been Monster Magnet's space-rock experiment Tab 25 from the preceding year.

Sungravy offers a gentle and tender acoustic moment of reflection before the band reminds us of their grunge past with the monumental doom sludge of Grindstone. A dead-heavy piece with slowed-down Sabbath riffs, feedback, screams and a repeated ring that sounds as if some of your household equipment is on the verge of exploding. The Golden Core is another lengthy piece, announcing the post-rock that GYBE would push to the mainstream a few years later. Slightly 'off' folk vocals and mellotron join before everything builds up to a wall of sound.

It's impossible to tag this band, a good thing where I'm concerned but probably a bad feature for mainstream success. Recommended if you feel like getting an album that switches from folk, indie and rock to sludge, grunge and psychedelic trips. For sure one of the most fascinating rock bands from the 90s.

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Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 | Review Permalink
UMUR
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3 stars "Timothy's Monster" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Norwegian hard/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe)/Harvest/EMI (Norway) in August 1994. "Timothy's Monster" is a double album release, featuring 15 tracks and a full playing time of 1 hour and 49:06 minutes.

So there is arguably a lot of quantity for the money. Stylistically Motorpsycho continue their musical journey from alternative rock/metal act to alternative/psychadelic rock act with occasional harder edged rock leanings. Most of the 11 tracks on disc 1 are alternative in nature and for the most part vers/chorus structured. They are not particularly memorable, but not bad either. Itīs the longer tracks and especially the 16:57 minutes long "The Wheel" from disc 2, that are most interesting. Thatīs also the tracks where the groupīs psychadelic side is heard the most.

"Timothy's Monster" features a decent sound production, but it could have prospered from a more warm and organic tone. So while "Timothy's Monster" is as such an alright listen, there are also things that frustrate me a bit about it. Motorpsycho simply donīt seem to know what they want on this album and as a consequence itīs stylistically inconsistent. That might suit some listeners, but for such a long album to run in so many different directions it ends up being a slightly confusing listen. The heavy fuzzy bass tone is another odd feature on the album. Itīs as such great with a heavy distorted bass, but itīs sometimes placed in some sections where it doesnīt seem to belong. Bent Saetherīs strained vocal delivery and unmemorable vocal lines donīt exactly make things better.

As mentioned there are some pretty great material on "Timothy's Monster" too though, and those tracks actually do make up for some of the odd choices the band have made on the album. I can mention "The Wheel" enough as the highlight of the album with itīs hypnotic, heavy, and repetitive beat and psychadelic vocals and effects, but "The Golden Core" and "Giftland" (which are the other two long tracks on the album) are also standout tracks to my ears. "Grindstone" is another track thatīs a bit different from the rest of the material on the album as itīs a pretty noisy and almost metal type track. Itīs not a particularly great track though and features some pretty annoying noisy closing couple of minutes.

While neither "Lobotomizer (1991)" nor "Demon Box (1993)" exactly made my blood boil, at least both of them had some really good tracks and some decent filler. On "Timothy's Monster" the great tracks are few and the amount of filler too high. I think Iīm stretching with a 3 star (60%) rating.

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