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4.34 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 63% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mnemonic (2:36)
2. Aleph Zero (2:24)
3. Engineering (6:04)
4. Lost in Translation (1:09)
5. Chimera (6:15)
6. Parity (3:06)
7. Love (4:52)
8. Open or Closed? (4:15)
9. Napoleon (1:54)
10. .......In.... (0:25)
11. .............Schroedinger's Box (1:08)
12. Event Horizon (1:49)
13. Lab Notes (2:53)
14. Scale Invarians (3:36)
15. There Must Be Something (7:16)
16. untitled (3:03)

Total Time: 75:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Bob Drake / bass, vocals, guitar, drums
- Stevan Tickmayer / keyboards, samplers, electronics
- Chris Cutler / drums, low-grade electronics
- Amy Denio / vocals
- Fred Frith / guitars
- Claudio Puntin / bass clarinet

Releases information

CD ReR Megacorp ReR SCIENCE1 (1999)

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THE SCIENCE GROUP A Mere Coincidence ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(63%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (5%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars THE SCIENCE GROUP was formed by Chris Cutler and Stevan Tickmayer back in 1997 and this is their debut album from 1999. With musicians like Fred Frith and Bob Drake helping out you know this is going to be great. We also get Claudio Puntin on bass clarinet and the vocals are provided by Amy Denio who sings in the tradition of Deboarah Perry, Dagmar Krause, Susanne Lewis and Emily Hay. This really is a classic RIO album bringing to mind THINKING PLAGUE, ART BEARS, 5UU'S and NEWS FROM BABEL. The electronics and samples provided mostly by Tickmayer add a lot to this release. They have released only one other album called "Spoors" which is all instrumental and has Mike Johnson from THINKING PLAGUE on it.

"Mnemonic" has lots of intricate and odd sounds coming and going right from the start including drums, bass clarinet and piano. Vocals after 2 minutes. Such an impressive opener. "Aleph Zero" again has my head swimming with all the sounds I'm hearing. The vocals join in quickly but man what an incredible collage of sounds. The tempo picks up after 1 1/2 minutes. Well these first two tracks have certainly warmed me up. "Engineering" is different as we get distant and experimental sounds. The guitar joins in as it is slowly picked and there's plenty of atmosphere here as well. Sounds drone as the guitar continues and the bass clarinet helps out. Relaxed vocals arrive before 3 minutes. "Lost In Translation" has a very hyper start with vocals, piano, drums and more. A frantic beginning. It does settle back before a minute.

"Chimera" is my favourite song on here. It's spacey and haunting to start and I like the depth of sound as the bass clarinet helps out. Distant vocals after 2 minutes and there's someone speaking too. It then kicks in before 3 minutes with drums and more powerful vocals. Amazing sound! That guitar is incredible and angular after 4 minutes. It settles back late as spoken words can be heard. "Parity" opens with what sounds like deranged harpsichord as reserved vocals and more join in. The tempo picks up quite a bit after a minute when the vocals stop. It settles back again before 2 minutes as the vocals return. Excellent track. "Love" has someone yelling while the angry mob looks for someone to beat on. Yeah this is love(haha). Avant sounds join in before we get a calm. The guitar and bass clarinet are joined by the vocals as it stays laid back but not for long. All kinds of different sounds come and go 2 1/2 minutes in then back to that laid back sound.

"Open Or Closed?" is another favourite. We get a catchy beat as keys and more join in. Vocals after a minute then the bass clarinet honks and we get percussion too. Back to the earlier sound at 3 minutes. "Napoleon" hits the ground running with all kinds of sounds. "...In..." has avant spoken words and sound for 25 seconds then "...Schroedinger's Box" follows that up with a catchy sound with vocals. Very melodic and fun although they throw in some weird sounds of course. "Event Horizon" has lots of sounds coming and going including bass clarinet and drums. Vocals too as we get insanity late. "Lab Notes" features intricate sounds before this rhythm kicks in around 30 seconds. Vocals and spoken words before 1 1/2 minutes. Experimental stuff follows.

"Scale Invarians" opens with vocals and a powerful sound. The sound of an elephant comes and goes before 1 1/2 minutes, powerful indeed. A mellow section follows of picked guitar, vocals and atmosphere. Nice. It turns avant before 2 1/2 minutes right to the end. "There Must Be Something" is all over the place, outstanding! Nice bass before 3 minutes. This song needs to be heard to be believed. Love the electronics too. Children can be heard playing after 4 1/2 minutes then rain and thunder roll in after 5 minutes and this continues to the end. Just wow! "Untitled" ends it all and it opens with what sounds like vibes, percussion and experimental sounds. it kicks in hard after a minute, full throttle as the vocals join in.

As I mentioned earlier, if your into 5UU'S, THINKING PLAGUE, ART BEARS and the like, please track this beast down. And when you do may God have mercy on your soul. Yeah I got nothing.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Dark atmosphere, catchy stunners, dispersed stunners,high vocals, warm bass clarinet, weirdness. Awesome, and though this album might be lacking of something (like more longer songs) it is an avant-prog gem. One of my favourite albums. Weird science. Mnemonic (1. / 2:36) starts with noises remi ... (read more)

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