Vicissitude

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All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Building on the increased electronic focus of 2009's Turning the Mind, Vicissitude is the third full-length release from the Mercury Music Prize-nominated U.K. artist James Chapman. It's a brooding and pulsing set, balanced and punctuated by Chapman's gift for comparatively bright, memorable choruses. The Depeche Mode-influenced single, "I Heard Them Say," is included here.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Considering that there have been more than a few changes in James Chapman's music since We Can Create, the electro-shoegaze of his debut album as Maps, his third album, Vicissitude, is aptly named. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Building on the increased electronic focus of 2009's Turning the Mind, Vicissitude is the third full-length release from the Mercury Music Prize-nominated U.K. artist James Chapman. It's a brooding and pulsing set, balanced and punctuated by Chapman's gift for comparatively bright, memorable choruses. The Depeche Mode-influenced single, "I Heard Them Say," is included here.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Considering that there have been more than a few changes in James Chapman's music since We Can Create, the electro-shoegaze of his debut album as Maps, his third album, Vicissitude, is aptly named. Chapman ramped up his ambition on 2009's intricate, conceptual Turning the Mind, almost to the point where he seemed trapped in those songs' inner workings. Here, things are much more streamlined, whether on the sparkling single "A.M.A." -- which serves as a potent reminder that Chapman's music owes as much or more to New Order as it does to My Bloody Valentine -- or the title track's looping arrangement, which continues the more overtly electronic trend in his work. Much like his Mute labelmate Junip, Maps excels at songs that are thoughtful and stealthily catchy, and Vicissitude boasts some of Chapman's clearest-eyed songwriting yet. As on Turning the Mind, mental and emotional states are of paramount importance, but now Chapman seems more grounded in dealing with life's vicissitudes. He sounds equally comfortable singing the praises of enduring things on "Built to Last" as he does accepting loss on "Left Behind," and there's a uniquely reassuring quality to songs like "You Will Find a Way" and "This Summer," where Chapman repeats the chorus "forgive yourself" like a mantra. The dreamy fog of Maps' first two albums resurfaces on "Nicholas" and "Adjusted to the Darkness," which rivals Spiritualized's finest moments in its mix of vulnerability and majesty. However, even Vicissitude's most expansive tracks aren't pushy, and in its own subtle way the album delivers on the promise and intentions of Turning the Mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596956922
  • Catalog Number: 695692
  • Sales rank: 302,251

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A.M.A. (4:29)
  2. 2 Built to Last (6:13)
  3. 3 You Will Find a Way (6:17)
  4. 4 I Heard Them Say (4:28)
  5. 5 Nicholas (6:36)
  6. 6 Vicissitude (3:38)
  7. 7 Left Behind (5:06)
  8. 8 This Summer (5:04)
  9. 9 Insignificant Others (5:55)
  10. 10 Adjusted to the Darkness (6:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maps Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mike Marsh Mastering
James Chapman Composer, Producer, Engineer, Art Direction
Jolyon Thomas Programming, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Paul A. Taylor Art Direction
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