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    Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:05
This album gets mentioned frequently in RIO/avant discussions on this site, yet I don't think we've actually devoted a thread to this extrordinary work.
 
Personally, I think this album sets the high watermark for avant-prog. It has everything, and it has it by the barrell-full. In another thread someone described Rush as the best three piece band ever. For them, perhaps. For me it's Absolute Zero.
 
So, hands up who else loves this album? Anyone here heard it and remained unimpressed? Is that even possible?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:20
I can't get my hands on it!!! I had an order in with Amazon.com for 2 months which was finally cancelled, because they just couldn't get their Amazon-y little hands on it! Angry Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:26
Oooh pity. Amazon did okay for me. ReR megacorp stock it. You could try them, though it may be pricier than what amazon were charging.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:26
lol   amazon -y  little hands have failed me on a few occasions Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:30
Ditto. Still, they normally do the trick. It does feel a little dirty, shopping at amazon, like going to Tesco instead of that independant general store at the bottom of your street. It's just too bloody convenient sometimes.
 
Edit: Anyway. Crashing Icons, eh?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:37

For all your avant-prog needs (they have Crashing Icons in stock for $14): Wayside Music

I like this album well enough. "Stutter Rock/You Said" is a total masterpiece, but some of the other pieces feel a little disjointed to me and Aislinn Quinn's vocals have way too much whiz-bang electronic manipulation applied to them for my taste. Still, a really strong album overall and I'm really hoping they get that second album out the door in the near future...
    

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 10:51
Originally posted by progreviews

For all your avant-prog needs (they have Crashing Icons in stock for $14): Wayside Music

I like this album well enough. "Stutter Rock/You Said" is a total masterpiece, but some of the other pieces feel a little disjointed to me and Aislinn Quinn's vocals have way too much whiz-bang electronic manipulation applied to them for my taste. Still, a really strong album overall and I'm really hoping they get that second album out the door in the near future...


Excellent! Thank you! Perhaps this will replace Pulsar - Halloween in July's new acquisitions...

OK, sorry for the tangent... please continue the discussion!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 13:02
I liked the mp3 on here, and I'm looking into making a purchase. Up until just now, I only found it available at ReR for around $22. I wouldn't pay that much, but now I may have an inexpensive source.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 13:19
Originally posted by Moatilliatta

I liked the mp3 on here, and I'm looking into making a purchase. Up until just now, I only found it available at ReR for around $22. I wouldn't pay that much, but now I may have an inexpensive source.


That's odd, ReR USA has it for $13.95 (or $9.95 for download-only).

Both ReR USA or Wayside are excellent sources for this kind of stuff. I've been using Wayside for years and if anything their service has gotten better and faster over the years.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 14:38
A fantastic album! I have liked it a while now (and already loved parts of it), but recently I had a "breakthrough" while listening to it at night. Now I absolutely LOVE it! At least 4,5 stars out of 5!

And, as said before, a better power trio than Rush (or ELP, for that matter).

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It is one of the very best Avant-Prog albums I know, but also one of the least accessible, so watch out!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 14:46
Awesome album, but what a bitch to get. Ouch
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 16:43
I absolutely love the one song I have heard "Stutter Rock/You Said" thanks to this sight.

Just recsently order it in from my local store ... so hoping it comings in sometime soon *cross fingers* Unlike my Magma CD which took 6 months to ship

Does anybody know if they are doing anything new at the moment?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2006 at 17:36
I've been looking for that album for a loooooong time now. I really want it!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 07 2006 at 10:45
OK, I've finally gotten my hands on this album, and I must say that after one listen...

it's fairly daunting. Shocked

I consider myself at least adequately versed in RIO/Avant (I'm very familiar with the works of the likes of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mr. Bungle, Zappa, The Residents)... but this album seems _very_ chaotic to me.

More listens are definitely required. Smile

Also lurking in the car CD changer... Univers Zero - Heresie

It's RIO/Avant month!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 07 2006 at 11:03
     It's a great album, which I keep coming back to...has something really fresh and takes big risks...everything progressive should always be doing, but usually doesn't. I especially love the bass playing, since there's no guitar and he covers that ground with fuzz tone bass. Pip Pyle shows a totally new side, more agressive than in his Canterbury masterpieces. Easy to get from Cuneiform/Wayside Records.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 07 2006 at 14:56
Originally posted by Empathy

OK, I've finally gotten my hands on this album, and I must say that after one listen...

it's fairly daunting. Shocked

I consider myself at least adequately versed in RIO/Avant (I'm very familiar with the works of the likes of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mr. Bungle, Zappa, The Residents)... but this album seems _very_ chaotic to me.

More listens are definitely required. Smile

Also lurking in the car CD changer... Univers Zero - Heresie

It's RIO/Avant month!


 
Do take the time to digest it. I believe it is worth it if you are a RIO/Avant man.
Also, do take a look in the RIO Drop in Center Thread in the Prog Music Section. We are having very fruitful discussions and recommendations in all areas of RIO and Avant Garde.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2006 at 15:30
I've been looking to get that album for almost a year now, for a decent price, of course. But I haven't been too earnest but I think I'll get it now. I really liked the song that streams on the site. Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2006 at 11:58
Got it a while back, and I can surely say that it's a masterpiece of modern RIO/Avant.
 
Like Trouserstress mentioned in his review in the archives: It is dissonant, brash, at times wholly devoid of melody, but it is likewise captivating, beautiful and hugely rewarding.
 
I totally agree!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2006 at 12:11
I played this album for the second time the other week (this time on the stereo, rather than through headphones) and it started to click a bit with me.

I have yet to take in Aisling's vocals yet though, but I'm sure with future listens, they will work.

I happen to like the final track, it's the least difficult to get into, but it's still an amazing track.  I'm not too sure if it's a Rumba beat or what (can someone let me know?), but it's what keeps me holding on.

Pip Pyle's drumming is also phenomenal.

I agree with Empathy here, it is indeed difficult to appreciate at first, but I also recognised it's briliance upon first listen also.  It'll take time for it to work for me.

And remember folks, if it hadn't have been for a harddisk malfunction, we would have got a different, less visceral and probably more melodic work.

A purely amazing album and one I really want to play loud in the car with the windows wound down (when I get a new car, that is!).

That'll scare people off for sure.

Oh and I got my copy from Cuneiform/Wayside without any problems.


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