Ellen Allien – LISm

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Released: March 19, 2013

As a DJ, producer, and label owner, Ellen Allien has pushed the boundaries of techno and electronic music for decades. Her music recreates the energy of Berlin much in the same way Coltrane’s music recreates the energy of New York City.

One thing I like about Ellen Allien is her willingness to experiment, to risk failure in search of growth and innovation. She experiments in ways that many DJs don’t. Unfortunately, LISm is not a successful experiment. It has moments of wonderful sounds, but they sit next to novice guitar noodling, questionable vocals, and generic beats.

In fairness, the album is a single track that accompanies a dance performance, so I am hearing it out of context. As a standalone composition, though, I don’t recommend it.

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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