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Clarence Park (Vinyl)

Chris Clark Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Attention, ce disque est un niveau en dessous du Courtesy Of Choice de Leila ; ce qui peut vous faire dire que tout n'est pas perdu (ceux qui pensent le contraire peuvent tout de même devenir barmen dans une discothèque belge). On voudrait faire passer notre ami Chris Clark pour le parfait petit junky compositeur en chambre, en tout cas la bio s'y efforce. Sa musique est cependant un brin moins rock'n'roll. Concrètement, cette dernière alterne rugissements synthétiques, ambiances fin du monde, et mélodies bleepées qu'on croirait sorties d'un orgue de cathédrale gothique ("Proper Loft" ou "The Chase"). "Lord Of The Dance" servira d'entracte avec son synthé jazzy-dub et sa flûte posée sur des rythmiques hip-hop, c'est d'ailleurs l'un des "morceaux" les plus plaisants. Car, seul hic, Chris est assez jusqu'au-boutiste dans sa démarche d'adolescent bourré à la bière puisque les morceaux ne font généralement pas plus de 3 minutes, ce qui réduit la durée totale de ce disque à 31 minutes seulement (rédhibitoire au moment du choix inévitable entre plusieurs disques). À moins que vous ne soyez collectionneurs et là, la pochette fera pencher la balance. --Alexandre Louiset

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Electronic. He is one of a new breed of electronic artists on Warp for 2001.

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4.0 out of 5 stars packs a punch Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 30 short minutes, Chris Clark kicks and screams his way into the ranks of IDM heavywieghts like autechre, squarepusher and aphex twin. The only fault I could find with Clarence Park is it's length. It's so short and so good, you find yourself drooling like Pavlov's dog for more. That's not a bad thing. Chris Clark densely packs more scattered beats, staccato percussion, eerie piano melodies and weird sounds in those 30 minutes than aphex twin, autechre or squarepusher can do in a full length disc. Not to discount those IDM greats or to say Chris Clark is better, there is isn't anything new here that hasn't been done better by the above artists. However it's simply amazing what he can achieve with a minute long track. The mood and atmosphere he can create within that space is the mark of a true electronic genius. 'lord of the dance' is a really good song but the simple and short 'chase' is my favorite off this release. you should definitely consider buying this if you're into any of the above IDM artists or if you're looking for something a little bit crunchy, a little bit scary, not too experimental yet purely perfect.
listen with headphones. listen very loud.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There's better... Nov. 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
Alright, as far as IDM goes, this CD may not be top-notch, but it's up there. Clark is quite good at taking seemingly random noise and hiding a rythm underneath it. Thing is, this CD is so short (only 31 minutes). I want more! Most tracks are only a minute or so long, and that's simply not enough for me. But, at Amazon.com's price, this CD is worth a buy. Heck, the track titled "Lord of the Dance" is worth the price by itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this review will probably get deleted June 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
i'm giving this album 5 stars just to offset the first reviewer's completely unhelpful review and completely arbitrary 3 stars, which it doesn't deserve. i don't think he even listened to this record. chris clark is really good, in fact i was totally surprised because i was expecting a lame aphex/autechre copycat, but actually he's a really awesome u-ziq/mouse on mars copycat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars @lmost perfect April 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
this album is really fantastic.the first track kind of scared me off for a couple of days,but when i came back and put the head phones on,it literally blew my mind.(check out the 'chainsaw and bass'on "the dogs")
any fan of richard or mike would appreciate this piece for the sheer skill and craziness chris clark serves up.
as a matter of fact,maybe richard should have a listen to this.his latest is a stinker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars King of Warp Records dethroned! March 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
As far as record covers go, that cute picture of the smiling boy in his snow-covered backyard may be one of the most decieving ever considering this is an IDM record having more than a little in common with Aphex Twin's Drukqs. But I'm guessing Mr. Clark chose the picture just because it looked cool. And more power to him.
Clarence Park is a tight record. And I mean *tight*. Tight in every respect. It clocks in at just over 33 minutes, and throughout the duration, your attention doesn't waver for a second. There's fourteen tracks, as you can see, of varying duration. That's because Chris Clark took a drastic step for IDM records by putting short piano ballads in to juxtapose the crazier electronic melanges much like Richard D. James did with Drukqs. The problem with Drukqs was that it was too huge and collapsed under its own weight. You'd have to have a massive amount of sonic invention to keep up a behemoth like that. In that way, Clarence Park is the antithesis to James' album. It takes the same idea, but puts it on a much smaller, and hence more workable, scale.
Clarence Park opens with a slow fade-in looping piano melody that gently changes through its minute and a half duration. It's nostalgic and doesn't prepare you at all for "The Dogs" which sounds like a giant waking up from a century of rest. Still, the segues from piano to eletronics on this album work much better than on the Aphex Twin album. I'm not sure exactly how that is, but it seems as though James' piano tracks are more show-off wankery when Clark is using the short interludes to compliment his electronic pieces.
"Proper Lofi" is a song that springs life into glitch. Its catchy melody is one of the album's more memorable moments.
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