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Odyssey
     

Odyssey

3.0 2
by Fischerspooner
 

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Although Fischerspooner's concerts feature lots of camp, costumes, and conceptualism, the New York duo's second album is a seriously fun dose of electro-pop that doesn't need any visual supplements to entertain. Moving on from the bubblegum electro-clash of their debut, #1, Odyssey looks to mid-period Depeche

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Although Fischerspooner's concerts feature lots of camp, costumes, and conceptualism, the New York duo's second album is a seriously fun dose of electro-pop that doesn't need any visual supplements to entertain. Moving on from the bubblegum electro-clash of their debut, #1, Odyssey looks to mid-period Depeche Mode -- think "People Are People" or "Blasphemous Rumours" -- for inspiration. Programmer Warren Fischer provides the bedrock music, his thick layers of keyboards and beats occasionally enhanced by live guitars and other instruments, creating arrangements that pound enough for the clubs but are warm enough for the home. Casey Spooner's deadpan vocals range from the softly intimate ("Ritz 107") to the aggressively declamatory ("Just Let Go") to the joyfully escapist ("A Kick in the Teeth," which also features the sweet-voiced Lizzy Yoder). The pair enlist a provocative set of collaborators, including songwriter-for-hire Linda Perry, production whiz Mirwais, former Talking Head David Byrne (who wrote the lyrics for "Get Confused"), and, most interestingly, noted intellectual Susan Sontag. The late Sontag, who published a famous essay called "Notes on Camp" in 1964, wrote the lyrics for the stirring "We Need a War": "We need a war to show 'em we can do it / whenever we say we need a war." Fischerspooner's Odyssey will draw your feet onto the dance floor, but it'll engage your mind while you're out there.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the Scissor Sisters taking their campy rock revolution manifesto and running all the way up the charts with it, Fischerspooner returned in 2005 with surprisingly little hype, save that their sophomore release is "more organic" and "more rock." Odyssey is about as "rock" as New Order's synthier releases, but they're right when they say "more organic," in so much as Fischerspooner sound like a band here, one that's able to accommodate guests and deliver Linda Perry songs with conviction. Hitmaker Perry works with the duo on three breezy, "human" numbers here -- the hippy-trippy "Happy," the even more so "All We Are," and the widescreen road number "A Kick in the Teeth" -- and while they're all very pleasing, it's the handclapping funkster "Never Win" that helps the band overcome the sophomore jinx more than anything else on the album. It's the duo's "Get the Party Started," just a lot less brash and without Perry's help. If there's a "rock" influence to be found, it's in the record's pacing. Track one recalls the familiar ("Just Let Go" could be "Emerge"'s little brother), track two proves they're up to something different, track three pulls you back with an obvious hit, and then everything bounces between insular, reflective, and ambitious with spot-on pop about every third number. It feels incredibly comfortable for anyone who's enjoyed a classically constructed rock album, but the tones and temperament are still synth pop and no lover of the genre will feel betrayed. Add a cerebral set of lyrics from David Byrne for "Get Confused," a minimalist and wry poem from Susan Sontag for "We Need a War," call producer Mirwais for some help, and tack a clever Boredoms cover to the end and you've got a smart and totally successful way to follow up a "revolution or bust" debut. Odyssey is filled with vivid melodies, well-constructed soundscapes, and just the right amount of slick strangeness, but what really makes it great is that with an album so solid, it's hard to sneer at Fischerspooner. Their fabulous electro-clash revolution didn't wipe away mundane pop as promised, but Odyssey makes their transition from flag-waving fashionistas to serious, rewarding band smooth and entirely believable.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Fischerspooner have successfully left behind the electro-clash fad they helped create, along with their former Soft Cell twitter; now they soar with A Flock of Seagulls.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724356375529
catalogNumber:
563755

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fischerspooner   Primary Artist
Robert Aaron   Flute
Kyle Johnson   Guitar,Percussion,Vibraslap
Linda Perry   Vocals
Brian Reitzell   Drums
Roger Manning   Piano
Nicolas Vernhes   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Tony Hoffer   Guitar
Warren Fischer   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Triangle,Vocals,Vibraslap,Wurlitzer
Casey Spooner   Vocals
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Guitar
Lizzy Yoder   Vocals
Mira Billotte   Vocals
Brian Reitzel   Drums
Slick Johnson   Guitar,Vibraslap

Technical Credits

Boredoms   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice   Audio Production
Kyle Johnson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Linda Perry   Composer
Adam Peters   Producer
Victor Van Vugt   Producer
Eric Erlandson   Composer
Nicolas Vernhes   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tony Hoffer   Producer,Engineer
John Wolfington   Composer
Fischerspooner   Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Warren Fischer   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Casey Spooner   Composer,Vocal Producer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Producer,Audio Production
Lee Groves   Programming
Maria Egan   Management
Gareth Hague   Art Direction
Kyle "Slick" Johnson   Composer

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Odyssey 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fischerspooner's 1st album had such a great new sound that blew all fans away. This new album isn't bad music, it's just the same stuff we've heard before. My DJ friend said it was like Postal Service. Rolling Stone says it's no longer electro clash, which is right , but it's still tired electro.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the album about 2 months ago, and I'm still listening to it. Why? Because this isn't just your average one-hit wonder album. The whole album is worth listening to, thanks largely to the fact that every track feels different. I have heard their past music, and I can safely say that Fischerspooner will be around for a few more years.