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FABLES FOR ROBOTS

Mister Robot

Symphonic Prog


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4.17 | 43 ratings | 5 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fables for Robots, Part 1 (19:18)
- a) In the Laboratory
- b) Robot Dance
- c) Robot Free Will
- d) Creating Robots
- e) Robots Talk
- f) Robots Have Been Created and Roles Assigned to Them
- g) Image Creation
- h) Matter Is Woven
- i) Wild and Strange

2. Fables for Robots, Part 2 (20:24)
- a) Visiting the Moon by Magic in Astronomical Dreams
- b) You Will!
- c) What Is Life?
- d) Erasing Images
- e) Robot's Free Will (reprise)
- f) What Does the Robot Dream Of? (Lucifer's Flight)
- h) We Don't Know Who We Are

Total Time 39:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Aleksei Ruzakin / all instruments

Releases information

Digital Self-released (May 12, 2020)

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MISTER ROBOT Fables for Robots ratings distribution


4.17
(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
24%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
26%
Collectors/fans only (17%)
17%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

MISTER ROBOT Fables for Robots reviews


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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A reverently created album by one-man band Aleksei Rusakin from Omsk, Russia--one that he had been working on for some time before releasing it as "finished."

1. Fables for Robots, Part 1 (19:18) a section-by-section rundown or lyrics sheet (with translation) would have been nice. the fact that Aleksei chooses to use the same chordal and melodic structures to dominate throughout this entire composition only tells me that he's probably had training in classical music (composition). The occasional introduction of the odd synthesizer or acoustic instrument, to me, shows his desire to impress--to show off his "skills," diversity, and classical training. The fact that they, each one, appear and then disappear without ever returning shows me his immaturity and lack of multiple perspectives as both a composer and storyteller. Ambitious but unpolished and . . . trite. I hear a lot of Johannes Luley in this work, but none of the Johannes' complexity and maturity that Johannes has attained. (33.25/40)

2. "Fables for Robots, Part 2" (20:24) suddenly the production value is increased: greater complexity, greater layering, greater shifts in tempos, styles, and melodies. Even the overall engineering has tightened up the performances--heck, even the solos are more dynamic, way more emotionally engaging than any in "Part 1." In his brief self-description on his Bandcamp page, Aleksei reports that "The main goal of the project is to compose music that integrates music of various styles and eras as much as possible." He has definitely done this on this second piece as I can finally hear sounds and styles that are familiar to me including those of Tony Banks, Brian May, The Flower Kings, Peter Hammill, and Trevor Horn/Art of Noise. Nicely done--quite a step up from the previous song. (36/40)

Total Time 39:42

Well engineered, the timing between layered tracks is frequently oddly off-kilter. The music is definitely Crossover in that there is little exploration of complex structures or odd time signatures--plus, it's very melodic. The story is light-hearted, presenting a na´ve innocence that, I believe, is a tongue-in-cheek representation of the opposite of what the composer really believes. The artist is definitely a pianist first, though his competent vocals show a remarkable sense of self-confidence. Assuming Aleksei did the album's artwork as well, I encourage this would-be Renaissance man to press on--to keep working at his skills--both physical and mental. I like his heart and ambition-- this is a cool concept; he only needs . . . practice . . . and experience. (And maybe collaboration and/or outside input.) P.S. Aleksei is not a born drummer.

B/four stars; a very nice addition to any prog lover's music collection--especially to have when he releases his next project--in order to see how much he has grown.

An artist to watch!

Latest members reviews

5 stars This album caught me off-guard. I really did not expect a debut album with almost no recognition to become one of my favorite albums of 2020. Fables For Robots is the debut album by Mister Robot, a one-man project from Russia. The first notable thing is that this album has the typical Mike Oldfie ... (read more)

Report this review (#2489486) | Posted by Isaac Peretz | Friday, January 1, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the second group from Omsk that I recognized. The first became a legend of Russian rock. I hope the same fate awaits Mister Robot over time if, of course, he continues to compose music on the level of Fables for robots. I still can't understand how it was possible to compose and record every ... (read more)

Report this review (#2487677) | Posted by Alhambraf3 | Friday, December 25, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The debut album of Mister Robot. A very interesting project of a Russian musician. As far as it is clear from the information, everything was recorded by him alone without assistance. The album consists of two long tracks divided into chapters, passing one into the other. "Fables for robots" is a co ... (read more)

Report this review (#2449035) | Posted by alfred1983 | Saturday, September 19, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A great album by a band from Russia. Very sincere and lively work. For those who appreciate fresh ideas, and not a template and obsession with the affairs of bygone days. One forty-minute composition packed to the eyeballs with bright melodies and refined arrangements. Every detail of this musical c ... (read more)

Report this review (#2438015) | Posted by Ramied | Sunday, August 16, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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