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Fantasma

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Mic Check
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The Micro Disneycal World Tour
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New Music Machine
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Clash
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Count Five or Six
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Magoo Opening
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Star Fruits Surf Rider
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Chapter 8 - Seashore and Horizon
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Free Fall
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2010
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God Only Knows
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Thank You For the Music
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Fantasma
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 51:17

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Review by BarbaricArcticE

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If I could give it 4- 1/2 stars I would. This is really great music. Very original without being quirky or too out of reach for most people with a pop sensibility. Freakin cool mathmatical rhythms. Highly recommended.

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Oh God, yes!

Arcangle

This is the sort of album which inspires ridiculous hyperbole. If Sergeant Pepper's was an attempt to capture an acid trip on vinyl, Fantasma is the soundtrack to a sugar-fueled hyperactive freakout. It's got skronky noise guitars, prime-Aphex-era drill 'n bass breaks, Casio bossa nova rhythms, chiptunes, Beach Boys and Abba references, and more ideas than should rightly be allowed in a 50 minute album. You owe it to yourself to at least try out New Music Machine and see what you think - if the album's right for you, you won't look back.

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Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah Mic Check

cottser

Magical. I really dig this album. Slightly quirky, but in a nice way, and the songs really stick in my head. The (sometimes) japanese vocals suprisingly don't bother me whatsoever. My favourite track is probably "Count Five Or Six", but this is definitely an album kind of album, so download the whole thing if you can!

They Say All Music Guide

Cornelius fits right in with the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal aesthetic. He sees no difference between pop and avant-garde, high culture and lowbrow trash — he throws it all together, coming up with completely unexpected combinations. The thrill of hearing hip-hop loops morph into sheets of My Bloody Valentine guitar noise, then into sweet Beach Boys harmonies, is what makes his American debut Fantasma such a wonder. It’s easy to write Cornelius off as a Japanese Beck, particularly since his pop songcraft is as impressive as the busy, multi-layered production, but it’s a little patronizing. Cornelius is operating on his own terms, equally influenced by sunny pop (“Chapter 8 — Seashore and Horizon,” boasting harmonies by Apples in Stereo), garagey hard rock, and kitsch (the cartoonish “Magoo Opening”). He assembles the parts in unpredictable ways — the hard beats of “Mic Check” suddenly give way to floating acoustics; “Chapter 8″ literally has a tape recorder stopping and starting the different parts — which is why Fantasma is so intoxicating. It is one of those rare records where you can’t tell what’s going to happen next, and it leaves you hungry for more. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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