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3.95 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mantis Intentions (8:00)
2. Nesting On Cliffsides (12:46)
3. Dante's Anthropomorphic Zoo (3:06)
4. Bestiary (6:17)
5. Carapace Hides The Delicacy (3:12)
6. Folded Space (5:34)
7. Sharpening Her Talons (3:51)
8. Premonition Of Circular Clouds (10:21)

Line-up / Musicians

Robert Rich/ MOTM modular synthesizer, lap steel guitar, processed acoustic sources, "glurp"
Forrest Fang/ Marxolin (track 3), hichiriki (track 8)
Andrew McGowan/ bass (tracks 3 and 5)
Haroun Serang/ guitar (tracks 1 and 7)

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Relapse Records

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ROBERT RICH Bestiary ratings distribution

(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)

ROBERT RICH Bestiary reviews

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Review by Dobermensch
4 stars An ambient oddity, which is 'bloopily' different from Eno played by another bald, ambient egg-head who wears specs. Entirely electronic with many beautiful and creepy moments. Splurges and whoops are used to the fullest effect and they sound great on a pair of headphones through its needle sharp production.

Robert Rich was apparently a big fan of the electronic 'Cubase' programme which is quite evident here. The good thing about this album is that it's instantly recognisable unlike most ambient recordings. It has a definite charachter, sound and style unlike any other I've heard.

Never boring, always interesting. Music for a hot night far away from where I live.

An elegant, bright, Summery and very originall album from Robert Rich which sounds unlike any other I've heard from his huge catalogue. Radiant, beautiful and full of very deep, melodic electronic sounds.

R2D2 on acid...

Review by admireArt
4 stars Welcome to the jungle!

"Bestiary", Robert Rich's 2001 release, is certainly a jungle, an electronic one of course. Experimental without any kind of compromise but his own self-refinement and taste, opposite in that regard to "raw for raw sake" electronic experimentation, this one is carefully threaded .

An assorted trip in every song, it flows freely creating obtuse, obscure, soft and rough, cosmic, unappealing/hypnotic, unearthly/ earthly, uncompromising spaces, full of bubbling as buzzing surprises as showering delights and windy storms. And like a jungle, anything goes, and you have to go through it in able to enjoy.

It is quiet fun to listen to such unambiental "Ambient" music for a change. Those familiar with the Cubase of yore, will certainly re-think its possibilities in the sense of songwriting and sequencing.

Irreverent playfulness, more in tune with Rock in Opposition in a Progressive Electronic environment!

****4 PA stars

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