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Artist:

Belew, Adrian

Album:

Side Two

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Sanctuary
Genre: [Experimental/Loop-driven]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 9.5


Side Two is the second installment of the trilogy Adrian Belew is working on. Each record on this trilogy is intended to be different, and this time Belew has decided to use terse haiku-like lyrics. In case you're not sure who Adrian Belew is, he's best known from King Crimson and David Bowie. He also has numerous contributions and touring history under his belt... he has worked with Zappa, Porcupine Tree, Man on Fire and Nine Inch Nails, just to name few.

The music on this record is very experimental and rich in influences although it's mostly loop-driven. Therefore, I reckon it's best to leave descriptions aside (one has to hear it oneself). If I was to name any highlights, I'd say "Sex Nerve" impresses me with its oriental guitar melodies. Nonetheless, other songs have their own intriguing features.

Production has been carried out proficiently, and thus the sounds on this record are both detailed and full. Ken Latchney handled recording and mixing of this album at StudioBelew. Mastering, on the other hand, took place at Georgetown Masters by Andrew Mendelson.

Some might be put off by the length of this record, but it's actually just right. Being an extensively experimental album, a long duration isn't that preferable. Therefore, Belew's decision to keep Side Two relatively short is a wise one. Be sure to check this out, in case you're into experimental music.

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- MAGE (August 29th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Belew, Adrian: All Instruments and Vocals

with
Cole, Erick: Left Acoustic Guitar on "I Wish I Knew", Balalika on "Face to Face",
Handsonic Theremin on "Asleep"
Hyrka, Peter: Violin on "Asleep"
Tussing, Gary: Cello on "Asleep"
Belew, Leah: Whispering Voice on "Asleep"
Producer: Belew, Adrian
Mixing by: Latchney, Ken
Mastering by: Mendelson, Andrew
TRACKLIST:
Belew, Adrian - Side Two  CD  Cover Image
01. Dead Dog on Asphalt
02. I Wish I Knew
03. Face to Face
04. Asleep
05. Sex Nerve
06. Then What
07. Quicksand
08. I Know Now
09. Happiness
10. Sunlight

Length: 33:12
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