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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
After lying low for a few years after a tremendous burst of activity in 2004, John Frusciante is back with another solo album, Empyrean. It starts out with a fantastic instrumental called "Before the Beginning": a great minor key guitar solo, replete with echoplexed drums that was surely inspired by "Maggot Brain." After that, it's back to the kind of introspective songs that have characterized much of his solo work. His singing is actually pretty remarkable considering his initial forays into vocals. He sounds confident and assured, even as the subject matter wrestles with dark thoughts and doubt. The songs tend to be fairly spare with guitar, electric piano, bass and...
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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
After lying low for a few years after a tremendous burst of activity in 2004, John Frusciante is back with another solo album, Empyrean. It starts out with a fantastic instrumental called "Before the Beginning": a great minor key guitar solo, replete with echoplexed drums that was surely inspired by "Maggot Brain." After that, it's back to the kind of introspective songs that have characterized much of his solo work. His singing is actually pretty remarkable considering his initial forays into vocals. He sounds confident and assured, even as the subject matter wrestles with dark thoughts and doubt. The songs tend to be fairly spare with guitar, electric piano, bass and drums with strings adding some lushness towards the end. Frusciante also uses the studio as an instrument à la Eno, adding cool treatments to nearly every song. Some of the songs are a bit mopey and the subject matter is often on the heavy end, but "Dark/Light" shifts gears nicely dark to light? where the heavy reverb and piano of "Dark" gives way to the cheesy rhythm box and falsetto vocals of "Light," which leads into a nice bass-driven coda with choir. "Enough of Me" also features Johnny Marr on guitar, and one of them turns in a really nice Robert Fripp guitar solo. "One More of Me" is just strings and electric piano with Frusciante seemingly trying to sound like Stephin Merritt. Frusciante has done a nice job of carving an identity completely separate from his main gig, and Empyrean fits nicely with his other solo albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Record Collection
  • UPC: 811481011184
  • Catalog Number: 101118

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before the Beginning (9:09)
  2. 2 Song to the Siren (3:33)
  3. 3 Unreachable (6:10)
  4. 4 God (3:23)
  5. 5 Dark/Light (8:30)
  6. 6 Heaven (4:03)
  7. 7 Enough of Me (4:14)
  8. 8 Central (7:16)
  9. 9 One More of Me (4:06)
  10. 10 After the Ending (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Frusciante Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Sharon Bryant Track Performer
Flea Bass
Johnny Marr Guitar
Alfie Silas Track Performer
Donald Taylor Vocals, Track Performer
Pat Lee Track Performer
Tracy Carter Track Performer
Tony Wilkins Track Performer
Caroline Campbell Violin
James Freebarin-Smith Cello
Josh Klinghoffer Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Drums, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Lawrence Yurong Vocals
Andrew Duckles Viola
Neel Hammond Violin
Nita Hutton Track Performer
Nikki Erwin Track Performer
Tamara Mitchell Track Performer
Caprisha Smyles Track Performer
Donald Taylor and the New Dimension Singers Voices
Lawrence Young Vocals, Track Performer
Sonus Quartet Strings
The New Dimension Singers Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Buckley Composer
John Frusciante Composer, Producer, drum machine, Audio Production
Donald Taylor Director
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
James Freebarin-Smith String Arrangements
Geoffrey Gallegos String Arrangements
Neel Hammond Arranger
Dave Lee Instrument Technician
Adam Samuels Engineer
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Arranger
Geoff Gallegof Arranger
Sarah Sitkin Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!!!

    This, by far, is my favorite album by John Frusciante and I don't even own it yet (working on the order...BestBuy kept me waiting for like a month on backorder)!! I suggest it on road trips because most of the songs are pretty long and you don't have to change it for almost an hour.
    I just love how much soul and love he puts into his music. Original and inspiring. Thanks, John :)

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