Erik Russell Olson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (3 of 5)
Location: Dublin, CA, United States
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Private Press ~ DJ Shadow
Private Press ~ DJ Shadow
For his second real album (I think of Preemptive Strike as a compilation rather than a cohesive unit), DJ Shadow delves even deeper into his fascination with eerie samples and odd voices. The Private Press is not quite as brilliant as his debut, but DJ Shadow still knows how to put together a gorgeous, torpid patchwork of sound that is instantly identifiable as his own.
The first song on the album, "Fixed Income," is classic DJ Shadow. He takes the march of a drum beat and marries it to some mysterious acoustic guitar samples (including something that may have come from a Spaghetti Western) and an ominous bass. Throw in a voice here and there and you've got the direct… Read more
Disintegration ~ the Cure
Disintegration ~ the Cure
Disintegration is the best album I know of by The Cure. That's not to say there is not a better one (though I doubt there is) -- just that I am not a dyed-in-the-wool Cure fan. This album has already been praised in superlatives by painted-up goths, and scorned ruthlessly by guys who listen only to Slayer and Pantera. I'm not writing to do either of those things.
And while I can easily listen to this entire CD nonstop for a day or so, I think it is worthwhile to point out the specifics of what makes it great. Many people are already familiar with "Lovesong," a quick, apparently cheerful testimonial of complete adoration. And while its radio-friendly rhythm runs contrary… Read more
Center Of The World ~ Various
Center of the World is sometimes a hard movie to watch. It explicitly puts a price tag on not just sex but an entire weekend with another person. Yet as I watched the movie and thought about answers to the questions it was posing, I was constantly enveloped by its array of sultry music.
This soundtrack conveys the dark, smoky, empty intimacy of the movie very well, using mostly downbeat, international unknowns to cast a spell on the listener. There is a bit of a trip hop feel to some tracks, most notably Laika's "Black Cat Bone" and Nickie Love's "Daylight Tripping," while Bob Holroyd's "The Sheer Weight of Memory" and Kingsuk Biswas' "Currents" make me think of Enigma or Dreadzone… Read more