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Side Two (2005)

Artist: Adrian Belew
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Format: CD
Sku: 63991166
UPC: 060768475526
UPC 14: 00060768475526
Release Date: 7/12/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dead Dog On Asphalt ~ Adrian Belew
2. I Wish I Knew ~ Adrian Belew
3. Face To Face ~ Adrian Belew
4. Asleep ~ Adrian Belew
5. Sex Nerve ~ Adrian Belew
6. Then What ~ Adrian Belew
7. Quicksand ~ Adrian Belew
8. I Know Now ~ Adrian Belew
9. Happiness ~ Adrian Belew
10. Sunlight ~ Adrian Belew
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Adrian Belew (vocals); Adrian Belew (various instruments, guitar); Erick Cole (acoustic guitar, balalaika, Theremin); Peter Hyrka (violin); Gary Tussing (cello).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ken Latchney.
Muze PNote Photographer: Rick "The Drum Guy" Malkin.
Muze PNote Not that he wasn't busy for the entire time, but the nearly eight years that separated Adrian Belew's solo studio recordings seem to have really recharged his batteries. Following Op Zop Too Wah, we only got the Salad Days compilation of acoustic material (already previously released in Japan and by mail order) and the odds and ends Coming Attractions compilation, which showcased all the different pies Adrian had his fingers in at the time (the Bears, more acoustic stuff, a still-forthcoming rarities box, etc.); it almost seemed like a holding pattern. Then came Side One, Belew's triumphant return to the type of experimental rock that first turned heads in his direction more than 20 years ago. Maybe it was the time away from his solo career proper; maybe it was hooking up with relative youngsters like Danny Carey and Les Claypool, but Belew seemed positively reinvigorated. That feeling continues with Side Two. No big guest stars on this one; Belew handles just about everything entirely solo. Longtime fans may be a bit surprised by the prevalence of electronic sounds, loops, and synthesized percussion, but Belew has really done a great job of incorporating them into his sound. The lyrics are deliberately sparse (inspired by Haiku), which allows for much more focus on the music and atmosphere. In fact, Belew has pretty much forsaken any "pop" aspirations here and fully pursued his more experimental muse, which will absolutely delight many of his longtime fans (and perhaps alienate the more pop-oriented ones a bit, though nothing here really qualifies as harsh or difficult listening). The album is filled with great sounds and textures, and there is plenty of ferocious guitar playing, as expected. The running time is fairly brief but there are essentially no breaks between songs, so the end of the album is like the end of a wild ride; it was a lot of fun but you're about ready for a break. However, you just might want to heed the whispered advice at the end of the album (trivia buffs take note that it's the same advice that closes Side Two of the James Gang's Yer' Album). ~ Sean Westergaard

Producer: Adrian Belew; Adrian Belew

Engineer: Ken Latchney; Ken Latchney

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Pink Box:songs Of Pink Floyd
Muze Music Compilations Live In Tokyo

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/12/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 84755
Music Label Name Label : Sanctuary (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00060768475526

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.108)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] becomes a more palatable mix of oddly formed, yet beguiling, almost childlike melodies."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Belew,Adrian
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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