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Once easy to dismiss as Eight Inch Nails, Filter has -- thanks to the musical and emotional maturation of leader Richard Patrick -- morphed into a full-spectrum rock juggernaut that's capable of getting a reaction even without volume levels in the red. The Amalgamut does push that pain-threshold envelope now and again -- both "You Walk Away" and "American Cliché" spew forth corrosive bile aplenty -- but there's more contemplation and even (gasp!) mellow moods to be had here. That sonic tranquility isn't accompanied by a brighter frame of mind, however. Far from it, as borne out by the agonized "The Missing" and the bleak "The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)," both of which...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Once easy to dismiss as Eight Inch Nails, Filter has -- thanks to the musical and emotional maturation of leader Richard Patrick -- morphed into a full-spectrum rock juggernaut that's capable of getting a reaction even without volume levels in the red. The Amalgamut does push that pain-threshold envelope now and again -- both "You Walk Away" and "American Cliché" spew forth corrosive bile aplenty -- but there's more contemplation and even (gasp!) mellow moods to be had here. That sonic tranquility isn't accompanied by a brighter frame of mind, however. Far from it, as borne out by the agonized "The Missing" and the bleak "The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)," both of which convey the dull ache of isolation without resorting to rubber-room outbursts. The Amalgamut may take a little longer to get its message across than Filter's previous outings, but given the chance, it offers proof positive that there can be better living without technology.
All Music Guide - Don Kline
Although Filter's Title of Record was a creative step forward, Richard Patrick described the album's recording process as an exigent one, where everyone constantly butted heads. To the band's surprise, when they began working on The Amalgamut two years later, they encountered the exact opposite. The band, along with longtime producer Ben Grosse, felt the most open and creative they had in years. With two successful releases and two years of solid touring behind them, Filter allowed themselves the freedom to write and record new material at their own pace. After embarking on a cross-country road trip with his acoustic guitar and witnessing the September 11th terrorist attacks and Columbine High School shootings on television with the rest of America, Richard Patrick poured his inspiration into some of his most sincere and revealing material to date. Lyrically, Patrick is honest and unembarrassed throughout the album. Whether he's shaming the two teenage assailants responsible for the Columbine massacre on "Columind," pondering how commonplace school violence has become on "American Cliché," or coming to a religious crossroads while confronting the 9/11 attacks on "The Missing," Patrick never compensates his views for popular acceptance or political correctness. Musically, the band delivers hook after hook on a bed of strong songwriting. Richard Patrick found his voice on Title of Record. On The Amalgamut, he takes his singing to the next level, frequently adding embellishments and showcasing his broadened vocal range. Mixing soft-rockers like "The Only Way Is the Wrong Way" and "God Damn Me" with the harder fare of "Columind" and "So I Quit," the album cleverly incorporates the best of what Short Bus and Title of Record each had to offer. The album's first single, "Where Do We Go From Here," picks up where "Take a Picture" left off, adding a gritty bridge and a soaring rock chorus. Filter further probes world and relationship issues on songs like the Deftones-tinged "Never Be the Same" and the Thom Yorke-meets-Deep Forest jam "World Today." In the end, the resulting sound is that of an updated and improved Filter, and The Amalgamut proves that there's much more to the band than "Hey Man, Nice Shot." In fact, as their discography continues to grow, the track that launched their career is impressively becoming one of their least definitive.
Entertainment Weekly - Robert Cherry
The music is more honed than ever. (B+)

The music is more honed than ever. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624796329
  • Catalog Number: 47963

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Walk Away (4:36)
  2. 2 American Cliché (3:37)
  3. 3 Where Do We Go from Here (5:35)
  4. 4 Columind (3:36)
  5. 5 The Missing (4:46)
  6. 6 The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way) (5:13)
  7. 7 My Long Walk to Jail (4:06)
  8. 8 So I Quit (3:23)
  9. 9 God Damn Me (4:15)
  10. 10 It Can Never Be the Same (4:32)
  11. 11 World Today (5:50)
  12. 12 The 4th (8:07)
  13. 13 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Filter Primary Artist
Richard Patrick Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Geno Lenardo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Steven Gillis Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Rae DiLeo Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Ben Grosse Programming, Producer, Engineer, Drum Engineering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Richard Patrick Programming, Producer, Engineer, Art Direction
Richard Bishop Executive Producer
Geno Lenardo Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Blumpy Digital Editing
Hiro Arishima Liner Notes
Tim Cadiente Art Direction
Jeffrey Taylor Light Legal Counsel
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filter's Best

    I have been a huge Filter fan for many years now and I think that this album is by far their best. It's got everything a great album should have, with that edge that Filter brings to all of their songs. Great work, Rich!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it! Very hard, and very melodic.

    Ever since I downloaded the first song off of this CD, I've been in love with it! I play it every day, and I bet my friends at work are getting sick of hearing it every day. My ONLY complaint is that there is only 12 songs! What the heck? I want MORE! MORE MORE MORE! This CD kicks booty. If I could afford it, I would actually buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Fast Forwards Required

    While I love the first 2 Filter albums, I still catch myself forwarding to my own faves and skipping over the slightly ''lower'' notes and heading to the highlights. I know, shame on me! Not so on Amalgamut. It had me hooked from the start. No matter the tone, from the screaming ''Columind'' to the melodic ''The Only Way(Is the Wrong Way)'' and the great stuff in between like ''Where Do We Go From Here'' and ''The Missing'', I couldn't wait to hear what came next and I was never let down. They've always been able to punch it up a notch, but I'm glad they're still confident enough to slow it down, despite all the implications that they sold out with ''Take My Picture'' on the last album. (Which is incidentally in my Top 50 songs of all time) The whole album showcases Richard Patrick's awesome vocal range, and the tighter sounds of some great musicians who seem to be getting more and more comfortable with each other. These guys just keep getting better and better- this album is a MUST BUY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amalgamutation of Sound

    This album shows how diverse Filter can be. Rather than boxing themselves into one theme, genre or sound, Filter would rather twist you around until you're well rounded. The first two songs take the listener straight into the album, assaulting the ears with Filter's harder edge, almost as a reminder that Filter is around and kicking. ''Where Do We Go From Here'' takes the listener back to the emotionaly softer side of Title just as a breather from a heavy moment. Filter takes out the stops again, changing emotions, sounds and styles on the listener with ''Columind.'' Taking the listener on another twist is ''The Missing'' and ''The Only Way Is The Wrong Way'' with their softer sounds, more emotional feeling and softer style. ''My Long Walk to Jail'' and ''So I Quit'' jolt the listener back into reality, reminding them that yes, Filter still knows how to rock and rock out hard. While the latter is more crude sounding at first, it is not all that it seems. A song about primal anger, it is what it is to cause people to get in tune with that side of themselves WITHOUT hurting someone else. ''God Damn Me,'' a beautiful song brings the album back down, its dreamy lyrics and landscape of sound causing the listener to let go of the adrenaline of the previous track. Although one more harder track is tossed in before the final two softer tracks, it is another bump in the roller coaster that is The Amalgamut. The diversity of the album does not cause strain to the listener, but rather proves how Filter can grow from their previous album and in the future. An album for all music fans who care about true musicial skill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amalgamut

    The Amalgamut- Yet another stunning piece to be released by the rock band Filter. This band has rocked my world for many years, and hopefully many years to come. Richard Patrick lays down his powerful vocal tracks to the tune of some rip-roaring guitars and pounding drums in the background. Always throwing in various sounds to keep it different. I really enjoy his engineering work on the album. This album gives me the exact listening experience I was looking for. In comparison to their other work, this album hits just as hard- if not harder. Give me a little ''American Cliche''', or the awesome single ''Where Do We Go From Here'' I would also say one of the songs eludes to the events that took place on 9-11-2001. Just another reason to buy this album from such a great ALL AMERICAN band such as Filter. -Fred R Sigman357@yahoo.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filter Breaks The Door Back Down

    Now this is what I'm talking about. This album is definitely a kickass return, and I think it's their best record yet. It has its ballads, but it also has some heavy numbers and shows off that Filter isn't just another rock act, they have talent and are here to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Rock Album This Year!!

    The Amalgamut, is simply an outstanding record! This time around, Richard Patrick and Co. go for a more ''natural'' approach instead of being aided by the industial - techno sounds that helped make their last album Title Of Record such a success. The lead off track ''You Walk Away'', as well as, ''It Can Never Be The Same''seems to have an ''AIC-Like'' sound about them. Where songs like ''Where Do We Go From Here'', and ''The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way)'' are reminiscent of ''Take A Picture''. Though, there is something to be found for everyone here, as it is a perfect blend of soft/pop and hard rockers, like ''American Cliche'' , and ''My Long Walk To Jail''. If you are looking for a solid rock album, then look no further! I highly reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another excellent album from Filter

    The excellence of the first 2 Filter albums is neither surpassed or dissapointed, which I assure you is a very good thing. Filter claimed to be the only true rock act on the Family Values 99 Tour, and this album only makes them more right. Standout tracks include: -Where Do We Go From Here -You Walk Away -It Can Never Be The Same -So I Quit An excelent addition to the collection of anyone who likes great rock music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amalgamut

    The Amalgamut- Yet another stunning piece to be released by the rock band Filter. This band has rocked my world for many years, and hopefully many years to come. Richard Patrick lays down his powerful vocal tracks to the tune of some rip-roaring guitars and pounding drums in the background. Always throwing in various sounds to keep it different. I really enjoy his engineering work on the album. This album gives me the exact listening experience I was looking for. In comparison to their other work, this album hits just as hard- if not harder. Give me a little ''American Cliche''', or the awesome single ''Where Do We Go From Here'' I would also say one of the songs eludes to the events that took place on 9-11-2001. Just another reason to buy this album from such a great ALL AMERICAN band such as Filter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filter - the Amalgamut

    A must have CD. Excellent follow up to 1999's 'Title of Record'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filter - Does it yet again!

    I think this new album is great. Filter has their pounding drums, down-tuned guitars that are heavy as heck, along with Richard Patrick belting out some great lyrics. This album contains many heavy songs, and a few nice melodies thrown in. I would suggest purchasing this album. I need to go out and buy a CD player for my car after purchasing this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amagamation has begun

    This album just rocks from beginning to end. Hard nosed hits and mellow tunes that still deliver a punch. Filter plays a unique blend that nobody can touch and is second to nobody. Richard Patrick ad co. have mastered a truely awesome style of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Filter's ''the amalgamut'' album review

    It is amazing that a group so prominent and so instrumental in my life, started out as an idea in the Grand Canyon, and has become leader's among followers by sticking to their guns with this new album, ''the amalgamut.'' I can really hear in this album that Filter guitarist, Geno Lenardo is establishing a sound that instantly makes his work stand out, made evident in tracks like, ''My Long Walk To Jail'', where he begins the song with a classic Lenardo riff! I JUST LOVE IT!! I found myself very impressed by his work on the opening song as well, ''You Walk Away.'' The sound is complex and compounds in the ear to explode with a positive thrust combined with Richie's hypnotic vocal style reminiscent of ''It's Gonna Kill Me'' from the last album, Title Of Record and the notorious ''Dose'' from Short Bus, Their Debut album. Created in the mad scientist lab also know as Abyssianian Sons studio, this group epitomizes what so many other groups will never achieve, they are a TEAM, and when you order the amalagamut, you too, will experience the sound that can never be reproduced nor replicated. The true sign of a great value and a GREAT band! THANK YOU!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!

    I have been waiting for this album all my life and now it has arrived and how good is it? Filters best, the best album of this year so far. Great mix of soft and heavy. Thank you Filter!!Thank you God!!

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