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ISAM

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Journeyman
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Piece Of Paper
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Goto 10
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Surge
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Lost & Found
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Wooden Toy
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Mass & Spring
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Calculate
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Kitty Cat
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Bedtime Stories
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Night Swim
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Dropped From The Sky
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 50:01

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Wondering Sound

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Joe Muggs

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04.20.11
Amon Tobin, ISAM
2011 | Label: Ninja Tune

If Amon Tobin has not had the critical attention of some of his contemporaries, it's perhaps something to do with his slightly unclear identity in the late-'90s beginning of his career. Existing somewhere between scenes, he was weirder than drum'n'bass, less wilfully awkward than Squarepusher-style avant-garde rave, more cerebral than the breakbeat sound of Adam Freeland, Tipper et al — yet incorporated elements of all of these into his productions. Not that he… read more »

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Too Many Expectations, A New Classic

Rhythmajik

This album takes the the listener into something fresh and adventurous. Smaller ears probably won't be able to handle it. This is a new evolution for Tobin, and well worth listening to repeatedly until, well, you GET it. Overproduced? Nah, try expert manipulation. Be sure to check out the "Two Fingers Remix" of "Surge," and the other remixes, also found on eMusic. You can get your beat fix there.

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fuck the beats

Joseph93

i like good sound design. i dont care that this album is inaccessible and oblique. in fact, this could be the biggest thing since parmegiani if he took out those kitschy vocals (i.e. kitty-cat) and stupid melodies. the first four tracks are the only decent ones.

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Where's the Beats?

BrownLounge

I have been a fan of Amon Tobin for over 10 years. Unfortunately, I think this album is pretty damn boring. The production is amazing as always, but most of the songs on this album sound like one of those "Experiments in Sound" albums from the 1950s. They lack the groove that all the early stuff had. I keep waiting for some beats and basslines to come in and they never do.

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Decent Experimental Stuff

Crumberger

Some of the sounds Amon Tobin creates on this album are really amazing and unique, but this release lacks the soul that most of his other albums have. He gets props for manipulating his own voice to sound like a female indie rock singer on a couple of the tracks. That was actually pretty cool to hear. If you like experimental and minimal electronic stuff, you may like this, even though it is a little too juiced up in parts. ISAM is more about sound design and artsy manipulation of noise rather than aesthetically pleasing and catchy beats and riffs. To me, Amon Tobin is the Radiohead of electronic music. He's constantly evolving and coming up with new sounds. His previous albums are more accessible, but this one's decent...just a different beast. I still think Amon Tobin is way ahead of most electronic musicians out there, and I look forward to his future releases.

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Delete the first 4 tracks

anistropsim

This album has a VERY weak start; the first 4 "songs" sound like Tobin jerking himself off with his audio equipment. From there on the album starts to pick up steam a bit, but if there was ever a time throw around the word "overproduction", this is it.

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Amon Tobin on Sampling, DJing and Learning How to Perform His Own Record

By Joe Muggs, Contributor

Amon Tobin is not a man to sit still. Brazilian born, he's been highly mobile since childhood, living everywhere from Canada to North Africa - and his musical development has been just as fluid and constant. Releasing records briefly as Cujo, and then under his own name, he began in 1996 by exploring warped drum'n'bass, making personal and idiosyncratic music that belonged neither to D'n'B nor the more obtuse abstractions of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. Over… more »