SOUND OF LONDON
ALBUM HYPNOTIC RELEASE: AUGUST
13, 2002 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 12, 2002
am worried about a current trend. Artists with a lot of pressure to make
a follow up on a successful album, instead does something completely unexpected.
And something the fans do not want. This will henceforth be called "The
Kid A syndrome". This phenomenon is good in some ways, as these bands
challenge the way people listen to them, and they experiment with their
instrumentations and methods. In other ways, it's bad because this is
not why fans started listening to the band.
On this album, we see FSOL in full hippie psychadelica mode. Sitars, acoustic
drums, guitars, flutes and real singing (!) makes me think a bit of Beatles
when they discovered Indian music. Pink Floyd is another influence that
leaps to mind.
Admittedly, this is not bad at all, but I am such a big fan of the incredible
electronic soundscapes they created in the past, that I'm having a hard
time getting into this.
Some tracks veers closer to their old sound, like "Go Tell It to
the Trees Egghead" with nice electronic sounds overlaying congas,
sitars and a jaunty melody, but most of the time, there is very little
If you are the adventurous type, give this one a chance, but don't expect
anything near their old sound. In fact, this album is released as "FSOL
Presents Amorphous Androgynous" in the US, probably to show that
this is not really FSOL.