Romances – MICHAEL (Review)


Jan. 26, 2005, 10:17


perfectly; I often found myself whistling along to Patton’s sweet melodies.


On “Seule,” the use of a playful organ partnered with Patton’s “soft-voice” fixed images of movie scenes in my mind; bizarre images that would appear in the works of David Lynch: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Muholland Drive come to mind specifically. So it isn’t a surprise that comparisons have also been made to Fantômas, in particular The Director’s Cut. But unlike the critically acclaimed release that documented interpretations of classic film scores, Romances is less visceral and chaotic. Instead it is more subdued, structured and melodic.


While “Pensee Des Morts” marks a return to the disjointed dramatic tone, the album’s closer, “Nuit Silencieuse” rounds things out with a morbid mood, personifying the culmination of the album perfectly.


The layout and design of the album is simple. Avoiding the extravagant, Ipecac again used a foldable cardboard sleeve, similar to that of the Tomahawk debut. Covering the exterior and interior are tastefully placed images of jellyfish, all in a black ink that contrast the brown of the cardboard. This gives the artwork a great feel that only adds to the aura of the album.


Obviously, those that are collectors of everything Mike Paton will purchase Romances. But for those of you outside of the realm of those that adore Patton’s works, I highly recommend purchasing Romances because it truly is one of the most intriguing albums to be put on in the past few years. It’s time to break the monotony of the stagnant music industry, and this album is a key component.


9.0 / 10 — Michael