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Post Rock/Math rock

4.01 | 224 ratings

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3 stars Ulvers masterpiece eh? I think I'll stick that label under themes. Really I was pretty disapointed with this one, I was told a bunch of great things about it, it came right after themes blah blah blah, and yet we get this semi minimalistic jazzy electronic album. I was at least expecting a little guitar, or a little more vocals. Don't get me wrong it's a pretty good album, just not the intense pinnacle of experimental Norwegian music we all expect.

I'd first like to say, that sometimes I like music with a beat with a groove, sometimes it really adds that extra push to a song to help climax it, make it more catchy, and just pop up the interest a bit more. But, when it comes down to it, I don't like music that is all about the same 4/4 beat, I don't care how souped up it is, it's a beat and will get repetitive eventually, like 99% of Hip hop, Rap, Techno, and you guessed it, electronica. This album is not much different, I don't care how many saxophones you put in, or how cool you synths are, a beat is a beat, and you can only make it's groove last for so long. Now on the first song, we are distracted by some extremely sexy sax, and some gorgeous vocals by garm, or in this case, Trickster G, and this even goes into the second song where the vocals are even the focal point for a minute or two. From this point on Perdition city is dominated by the climactic trip hop beat, where the song will star with basically no beat, then weird electronic sounds will come together to for some kind of rhythm, then actual drums will come in to establish an actual beat, then the synths, and electronic noises will crescendo to a climax, then drop til' the end of the song. And that is how perdition City rolls.

The climaxes are truly rewarding, but really, it's not worthy of four stars, it just doesnt catch my attention like Themes. My favorite song is the second, where the vocals are most prominent, porn pieces or the scars of cold kisses, an absolutely beautiful song. Apparently my opinion is skewed, cause a lot more people like this album more than, and most of which I rank high in musical tastes, so go ahead and give it a spin, if you're into jazzy, avant garde electronic stuff.

Dim | 3/5 |


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