Mike Patton – Adult Themes for Voice (1996)

Mike Patton - Adult Themes for Voice (1996)
Artist: Mike Patton
Album: Adult Themes for Voice
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1996
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Wuxiapian
2. I Killed Him Like a Dog…And He Still Laughed
3. Smog
4. Man in the Lower Left Hand Corner of the Photograph, The
5. Robot Sex (Neon)
6. Screams of the Asteroid
7. Robot Sex (B/W)
8. Porno Holocaust
9. Inconsolable Widows in Search of Distraction
10. Hurry up and Kill Me…I’m Cold
11. Man Alone in a Steambath
12. Guinea Pig 1
13. Guinea Pig 2
14. Guinea Pig 3
15. Guinea Pig 4
16. Woman With the Skin of the Moon, A
17. Lizard With the Skin of Woman, A
18. Catheter
19. Fix It So the Bruises Don’t Show
20. Robot Sex (Watercolors)
21. Ceremony of Senses, An Alibi in the Red Light District, A
22. Butterfly in a Glass Maze
23. Leper With the Face of a Baby Girl, A
24. One Armed vs. 9 Killers, The
25. Pillow Biter
26. Raped on a Bed of Sand
27. Violence5
28. Red Mouth, Black Orgasm
29. Wuxiapian Fantastique
30. Smile, A Slap in the Face, A Fart, A Kiss on the Mouth, A
31. Private Lessons on Planet Eros
32. Pneumonia With Complications
33. Orgy in Reverb (10 Kilometers of Lust)
34. (Untitled) – (hidden track)

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Nothing could prepare anyone for the full-on noise attack of Mike Patton’s Adult Themes for Voices, not even Mr. Bungle fans. There isn’t a note of music on the album; it’s essentially noise. Recorded in hotel rooms during a Faith No More tour, all of the sounds are created from Patton’s voice, which is pretty darn amazing. The album doesn’t contain traditional songs as such; it plays as a continuous piece, and hence there are no obvious highlights. For instance, the track “Wuxipian Fantastique” could be described as sounding like a dying person taking his last breath, accentuated by harsh scraping noises, squeaks, and underwater sounds. And since there are a total of 33 pieces, it seems to be never-ending. Most may find this album hard to take, but fans of original, hard-hitting experimental music will eat it up. If you’re sick of melody and musical instruments, your savior may be Mike Patton.
Review by Greg Prato

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