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Category: Album_Romances

Romances – WINKSITE (Review)

WINKSITE REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Mike Patton’s idea of romance is a little different from the norm. Along with Norwegian composer John Kaada, he’s created this “seductive” album that is a decidedly more sinister kiss—think vampires in velvet capes as opposed to a candlelit dinner. Much of the credit goes to Kaada, who follows up his mind-bending samplicious 2003 debut masterpiece with an even more twisted take on hillbilly harmonicas, cartoon sound effects and sultry orchestration.   This is what happens when the boys who pulled on a girl’s pigtails to get her attention…

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Romances – STYLUS (Review)

STYLUS REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   If you’re a fan of either of these artists then this release isn’t going to surprise or confound you. In fact, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a full-length collaboration like this was in the cards from the moment that Norwegian Kaada signed onto Ipecac’s roster. Patton has collaborated with nearly everyone on the label. As such, those unaware of the full Patton picture apart from Faith No More or Fantomas’ debut could be expecting raspberries blown over a stilted orchestra interspersed with grind Metal and Patton screaming “sex crime”, while Kaada bangs a triangle in a well. That’s why…

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Romances – SPIDEY (Review)

SPIDEY REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Traversing the fathomless vortex of cinematic cartoon dementia is awfully perplexing and frightful, but fear not! Norwegian sound manipulator, John Kaada (Cloroform) and the ever-eclectic Mike Patton (Mr.Bungle, Faith No More, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Lovage) will guide you through Romances harrowing murky depths.   Patton’s versatile vocal inflections mesmerize as the tuneful tenor shrills & trills in haunting falsetto. Kaada’s arrangements astound with the hypnotic sway of dazzlingly deadly jellyfish, simultaneously channeling the thematic splendor of early sci-fi & horror films. Not surprising since both men share an unwavering affinity for eerie soundtracks (Patton’s band Fantomas on The Director’s Cut…

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Romances – SHAWN PRINCE (Review)

SHAWN PRINCE REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   The last Mike Patton album of the year comes from a collaborative project with Norwegian musician Kaada and is an interesting and (in normal Patton fashion) almost genre-less collection of songs that belong somewhere between a movie soundtrack and halloween album, mixed with a splash contemporary compositions and vocals.   As per usual it is difficult to describe a Mike Patton album unless you are already familiar with his various works with different artists. If you are familiar with his other works then some of this album would likely remind you of some of the slower songs from…

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Romances – MXDWN (Review)

MXDWN REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Romances is a slightly deceptive title for this record. John Kaada and Mike Patton have crafted a creepy and atmospheric record together. While not un-romantic (and marginally regressive sound-wise) the album liberally plays with the type of bold experimentation Patton has made famous in his many other bands. Reverb drenched keyboard, squeelish-sqawking vocals and minor key dissonance all abound on this fruitful project.   Kaada has made a name for himself over the years as a composer of film music and Patton’s recent work, The Director’s Cut and Delirum Cordia, contained an obvious appreciation for film scoring. The performer’s…

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Romances – LORDS OF METAL (Review)

LORDS OF METAL REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Evil Dr. Smith: A few months ago I saw Mike Patton in the Paradiso club in Amsterdam, together with human beatboxer Rahzel (The Roots). Mike was beatboxing as well. Not as impressive as Rahzel (obviously), but for a "white ass" he sure knew some intriguing tricks and beats. At that moment I was wondering in what kind of joint-venture he would end up the next time. John Zorn, Dillinger Escape Plan, Björk, Rahzel… what's next?   The answer came faster than I expected. It's not as surprising as his collaborations with Björk and Rahzel, because people who…

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Romances – LISTEN (Review)

LISTEN REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Let’s face it, the world needs more romance. The television and print media is filled with violence and negativity. When is the last time you told someone you loved them? To help move you in that direction, your friends at Ipecac Recordings offer you the audio equivalent of a group hug. "Romances" is the long rumored collaboration between Kaada and Mike Patton (two years in the making). Kaada as you will recall created the 2003 masterpiece "Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time". That poppy, bright release was critically acclaimed and helped establish the Norwegian musician, John Kaada…

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Romances – GOOD EVIL (Review)

GOOD EVIL REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Listening simply becomes second nature to most of us. Be it when we’re doing work, waiting for new messages on forums, making love (AHAHAHAH), or just walking (or if you’d prefer, biking) to your local ice cream parlor for a double fudge sundae with that extra banana in the middle to make it look like a wang, we always have music playing. But what happens when you hear something you’ve never heard before in your life? Well, keep your pants down. This is something so beautiful and serene that you simply must keep it with you no matter…

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Romances – CMJ (Review)

CMJ REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Mike Patton’s idea of romance is a little different from the norm. Along with Norwegian composer John Kaada, he’s created this “seductive” album that is a decidedly more sinister kiss—think vampires in velvet capes as opposed to a candlelit dinner. Much of the credit goes to Kaada, who follows up his mind-bending samplicious 2003 debut masterpiece with an even more twisted take on hillbilly harmonicas, cartoon sound effects and sultry orchestration.   This is what happens when the boys who pulled on a girl’s pigtails to get her attention…

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Romances – CHRONICLES OF CHAOS (Review)

CHRONICLES OF CHAOS REVIEW KAADA/PATTON - ROMANCES   Norwegian pop and film composer John Kaada and US resident madman Mike Patton join forces to bring us a little slice of the life aquatic. "Romances" is a playfully dark work of murky dissonance and space age lounge suite ambiance, bouncing somewhere between evocative film score composition and luridly sad pop ballads. The music is not rock in any shape or form, but imaginatively textured exotica peppered with the occasional percussive beat and strategic insertions of distortion and noise. For his part, Patton alternates between his two favorite roles: "crooning pop maestro" and "precocious child savant with…

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