Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fantômas - The Director's Cut (CD, 2001)

Patton always keeps you guessing.

I don't know why I figured their second record would just pick up where the first one left off, but I did. When I found out it was going to be collection of covers of famous movie themes, I was excited. Though I really did enjoy their debut, I was missing Patton's singing, or at least enunciating. I figured with this one, there was at least some chance he might sing. And he does. He screams a lot too, but there's definitely some singing. And it's all really great. While these covers ("The Godfather," "Cape Fear," etc.) are all fairly easily recognizable, the group, of course, makes them their own.

I was really into this album when I first got it, but I think the novelty of it wore off on me at some point. I can't remember the last time I listened to it. It's still a great record, and definitely more accessible than their first one. But I think I prefer Patton originals to covers. Not to discount the intricacy of the tracks here, because you can tell they put a lot of work into 'em.

And, when you hear them perform the theme to "Rosemary's Baby," it seems to make perfect sense.

"Cape Fear"

1 comment:

Biff Pocaroba said...

I did enjoy this album more than the debut. The Rosemary's Baby cover in particular is pretty great. However, I still find it someone lacking. I loved this at first and have listened to it rarely since. It is nice in the iPod mix though.