The Vision

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After a dozen-plus 12" singles and EPs on revered underground dance labels like Tectonic and Hyperdub, and the Joker-centric Kapsize, Liam McLean lands on 4AD, where he seizes the full-length format. Prior to The Vision, McLean amassed a body of bloody-minded output that toggled between immense and ominous, from modern electronic funk "Purple City," recorded with fellow Bristolian Ginz to sparse and booming hip-hop "Snake Eater". His best moment was 2009's "Psychedelic Runway," a widescreen combination of prowling beats, lancing synthesizers, and numerous horror-theme elements seemingly constructed for the purpose of devouring any pop radio playlist. While it required only...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After a dozen-plus 12" singles and EPs on revered underground dance labels like Tectonic and Hyperdub, and the Joker-centric Kapsize, Liam McLean lands on 4AD, where he seizes the full-length format. Prior to The Vision, McLean amassed a body of bloody-minded output that toggled between immense and ominous, from modern electronic funk "Purple City," recorded with fellow Bristolian Ginz to sparse and booming hip-hop "Snake Eater". His best moment was 2009's "Psychedelic Runway," a widescreen combination of prowling beats, lancing synthesizers, and numerous horror-theme elements seemingly constructed for the purpose of devouring any pop radio playlist. While it required only slight modifications to his approach -- brighter tones and simpler arrangements, allowing room for singers and MCs -- it's still surprising that much of The Vision sounds like an effort to assimilate into commercial airwaves. The best vocal track is pulled off brilliantly due to the soul-rooted Jessie Ware, who is commanding and skilled enough to navigate one of McLean's most vibrant and dynamic productions. Otherwise, the most effective tracks are the instrumentals: "Milky Way," "My Trance Girl," and the 2010 A-side "Tron." Each one carries swashbuckling synthesizer lines so heavy that they can be felt, through a decent sound system, in the chest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637313123
  • Catalog Number: 73131
  • Sales rank: 319,768

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:56)
  2. 2 Slaughter House (5:38)
  3. 3 Tron (5:06)
  4. 4 The Vision (Let Me Breathe) (4:38)
  5. 5 Milky Way (4:27)
  6. 6 Level 6 (Interlude) (2:39)
  7. 7 My Trance Girl (6:02)
  8. 8 Lost (3:20)
  9. 9 On My Mind - Eastwest-Symphonic Orchestra (4:27)
  10. 10 Back in the Days (5:06)
  11. 11 Electric Sea (4:10)
  12. 12 The Magic Causeway (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joker Primary Artist
Silas Vocals
Double Vocals
Turboweekend Vocals
Otis Brown Vocals
Kwes. Percussion
Shadz Vocals
Jessie Ware Vocals
Jay Wilcox Vocals
Buggsy Vocals
Scarz Vocals
Will Cartwright Vocals
Technical Credits
Andy Henderson Vocal Mixing
TC Vocal Mixing
Joker Engineer
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