Barry Adamson ‎– As Above So Below

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Tracklist

Can't Get Loose
What It Means
Déjà Voodoo
Come Hell Or High Water
Jazz Devil
Still I Rise
Girl
The Monkey Speaks His Mind
Goddess Of Love
Jesus Wept

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STUMM 161, Stumm161 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(LP, Album) Mute, Mute STUMM 161, Stumm161 UK 1998 Sell This Version
MUSDJ29-2 Barry Adamson As Above So Below Advance CD(CD, Advance, Album, Promo) Mute, Mute Corporation MUSDJ29-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
CDStumm161, 391.0161.20 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute, PIAS Benelux CDStumm161, 391.0161.20 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
EVERCD057 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Everlasting Records (2) EVERCD057 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
CDStumm161, 7243 4 84559 2 5, Int 4 84559 2 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute, Intercord Tonträger GmbH, Mute CDStumm161, 7243 4 84559 2 5, Int 4 84559 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
9035-2 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute 9035-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM161 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute, Liberation Records, MDS CDSTUMM161 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
CDStumm161, 5016025611614 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute, Mute CDStumm161, 5016025611614 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 45793 2 6 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Labels 7243 8 45793 2 6 France 1998 Sell This Version
CDStumm161 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute, MNW ILR CDStumm161 Scandinavia 1998 Sell This Version
CDStumm161 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album) Mute CDStumm161 UK 1998 Sell This Version
ACDStumm161 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album, Promo) Mute ACDStumm161 UK 1998 Sell This Version
8-799 Barry Adamson As Above So Below(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-799 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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ucci

ucci

October 20, 2020
referencing As Above So Below, LP, Album, STUMM 161, Stumm161
With Still I Rise, the artist manages to usurp every NIN track ever made and collect all the industrial/nu metal/rap metal songs ever made then flush them down the toilet.
pranzo_oltranzista

pranzo_oltranzista

November 5, 2014
referencing As Above So Below, CD, Album, CDStumm161

Think of Faith No More / Mike Patton / Peeping Tom, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Wiseguys and you'll have some idea of what to expect. I consider opening track 'Can't get loose' a classic.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing As Above So Below, CD, Album, 9035-2
there's a loose sort of concept here. some attention is paid to barry adamson's tendency to write "soundtracks for films that don't exist", but not as much attention is paid to the actual story lines themselves. if this album is any indication, there's some justification for that. the story seems as though it's almost there but not really in your face so any attempts at a construction will be marred by perception.

i'm not going to write an essay about what i perceive the story to be because that may even ruin it for you. but, the general storyline seems to be of a fellow that is rejected from heaven several times before he's finally allowed entry. in the first three tracks, adamson seems to intertwine the general story with a first person viewpoint of each of the three elements of the christian trinity. the fourth track completes the square by casting satan as - who else? - a girl on pedestal shoes......we are in a lounge reality on this record. the second half seems to be devoted to discussing the transmigration of some morally unscrupulous soul and focuses rather heavily on an exploration of the twin vices of jazz music and masturbation. eventually, the soul finds it's way to a rather welcoming homecoming.

it's an intriguing listen - it's very well produced and very well written. while it doesn't break any musical boundaries or push any musical taboos, it does manage to combine some rather diverse influences into one place; the odd palette of influences references quite a few different strains of jazz, funk, hip hop, electro, industrial and punk. adamson's story-telling is lively, his vocals are melodic and his sense of humour is as omnipotent as the slightly cartoonish interpretation of satan that is presented in the concept.

what hit me most on the first few listens were the vocals. i found this disc at a going-out-of-business sale for a local used cd store in 2008, ten years after it was released. i had heard some instrumental adamson, but nothing with vocals. yet, for $4 it was a steal. i was certain that i was actually listening to some guest vocalists until i checked the liner notes. track 2 sounds eerily like mike patton, track 3 sounds strangely like mark lanegan and the intonation adamson uses in several tracks is noticeably similar to that of trent reznor. given that barry adamson played in several influential punk acts in the late 70s and early 80s, i'm sure the influence actually flows the other way around but i was exposed to adamson after all three of those singers so i haven't been able to break the attachment. track 3 is still "the mark lanegan song" in my head and probably always will be.

from a musician's standpoint, don't expect too much. the disc is full of samples and less than technical playing. yet, the soundscaping is superb and profoundly listenable; it really is directed more at english majors and film school types.