Half Control

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Half Control documents a lost chapter in the history of Rhode Island's electronically altered post-punks Six Finger Satellite. In 1998, Six Finger Satellite released their fourth full-length album, Law of Ruins; showing a clear Krautrock influence, Law of Ruins found the band moving into a new direction, and while the group toured extensively behind it, it was a challenging effort that wasn't as popular with their audience as some of their previous work. In 1999, while Six Finger Satellite took a break from the road, bassist James Apt and guitarist John MacLean left the band, and founding members J. Ryan vocals, synthesizer and Rick Pelletier drums recruited Shawn Greenlee ...
See more details below
CD
$14.14
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $11.89   
  • New (3) from $11.89   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Half Control documents a lost chapter in the history of Rhode Island's electronically altered post-punks Six Finger Satellite. In 1998, Six Finger Satellite released their fourth full-length album, Law of Ruins; showing a clear Krautrock influence, Law of Ruins found the band moving into a new direction, and while the group toured extensively behind it, it was a challenging effort that wasn't as popular with their audience as some of their previous work. In 1999, while Six Finger Satellite took a break from the road, bassist James Apt and guitarist John MacLean left the band, and founding members J. Ryan vocals, synthesizer and Rick Pelletier drums recruited Shawn Greenlee and Joel Kyack to replace them. Six Finger Satellite broke up in 2001 and Law of Ruins came to be seen as the group's final recorded statement, but as it happens, shortly before calling it quits, the Ryan/Pelletier/Greenlee/Kyack lineup began work on an album, and Half Control presents eight previously unreleased tracks running about a half-hour from this edition of the group. In some respects, the music on Half Control represents a step back from Law of Ruins; this music is less experimental and more straightforward, with a harder and more aggressive edge, more guitar, and a more traditional role for Ryan's keyboards though they still maintain their slightly off-putting sci-fi tone. But if Half Control isn't as arty and ambitious as Law of Ruins, it rocks a lot harder, and for sheer physical impact, this is as strong as anything the band recorded after Severe Exposure. The songs are simple and cyclically constructed to build tension and momentum, and Ryan's fierce, intense vocals only add to the impact, with Kyack's guitar and the excellent rhythm section egging him on every step of the way. Half Control appears as J. Ryan and Rick Pelletier have once again reunited Six Finger Satellite and released an album of fresh material, and while this isn't quite the great lost 6FS session, it's a very good lost 6FS session, and the strength and precision of these performances make it clear this was a period in their career that deserved to be documented, however brief it may have been.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Load Records
  • UPC: 604197112524
  • Catalog Number: 125
  • Sales rank: 247,021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thrown Out (1:55)
  2. 2 Herpe Gimme Strength (2:04)
  3. 3 Artificial Light (5:12)
  4. 4 Half Control (5:00)
  5. 5 A Tighter Passage (2:18)
  6. 6 Live Legs (4:06)
  7. 7 Long Time No C (2:01)
  8. 8 Bored Oracle (7:45)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Six Finger Satellite Primary Artist
Rick Pelletier Drums
Jon J. Ryan Synthesizer, Vocals
Shawn Greenlee Bass
Joel Kyack Guitar
Technical Credits
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously