The Director's Cut

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The Director's Cut
Studio album by Fantômas
Released July 9, 2001
Recorded January 2001
Length 39:02
Label Ipecac
Producer Mike Patton
Fantômas chronology
Fantômas
(1998)
The Director's Cut
(2001)
Millennium Monsterwork 2000
(2002)

The Director's Cut is the second album by American musical supergroup Fantômas. The album is a collection of cover versions of themes from horror and thriller films and television series, performed in a variety of different musical styles. The album was released on July 9, 2001, through Ipecac Recordings, a record label owned by the band's vocalist, Mike Patton.

The Director's Cut has been praised by critics, with reviewers highlighting the album's versatility and unusual content.

Background[edit]

The Director's Cut is an album of cover versions of the scores and soundtracks of horror films. The songs are not accurate or faithful covers—for example, "The Godfather" is an adaptation of Nino Rota's theme from The Godfather, rendered in a thrash metal style with scat lyrics.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Godfather"   Nino Rota 2:45
2. "Der Golem"   Karl Ernst Sasse 2:38
3. "Experiment in Terror"   Henry Mancini 2:40
4. "One Step Beyond"   Harry Lubin 2:57
5. "Night of the Hunter (Remix)"   Walter Schumann 0:58
6. "Cape Fear"   Bernard Herrmann 1:49
7. "Rosemary's Baby"   Krzysztof Komeda 3:20
8. "The Devil Rides Out (Remix)"   James Bernard 1:37
9. "Spider Baby"   Ronald Stein 2:25
10. "The Omen (Ave Satani)"   Jerry Goldsmith 1:49
11. "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer"   Robert McNaughton 3:07
12. "Vendetta"   John Barry 2:03
13. "Untitled"     0:05
14. "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"   Ennio Morricone 4:00
15. "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"   Angelo Badalamenti 3:28
16. "Charade"   Henry Mancini 3:04
Total length:
39:02

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allrovi 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[1]
NME 8/10 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10 stars[4]

The Director's Cut was released on July 10, 2001, by Patton's record label Ipecac Recordings.[5] The album's release was preceded by a tour of Europe the preceding May and June, while "Rosemary's Baby" was previewed on the Ipecac Recordings website.[6]

The album has been met with favorable reviews from critics. Writing for Allrovi, Blake Butler rated the album four stars out of five. Butler described the album as "yet another testament to the unabashed genius of Mike Patton and his co-conspirators" and considered it to a ground-breaking release.[2] Drowned in Sound's Graham Reed award the album a score of nine out of ten, finding it to be "leftfield" but atmospheric. Reed praised the diversity shown by the group, ultimately calling it "one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year".[1] Noel Gardner of NME rated The Director's Cut eight out of ten, finding that it sounded better in practice than in theory. Gardner admitted that the covered themes were vastly different from their original presentations, but praised the drastic divergence as the album's strength.[3] Pitchfork Media's Brendan Reid gave The Director's Cut a score of 8.4 out of 10. Reid described the album as "obsessively detailed and brutally frenetic", finding Patton's vocals to be the centre of the album's strength.[4] Writing for CMJ New Music Monthly, Tom Mallon described the album as "inventive", finding that its varied approaches to the source material allowed the band members to "step out of [their] normal roles", particularly citing drummer Dave Lombardo's "jazzy" performance on "Experiment in Terror".[7] Mallon felt that the album would not gain the group new admirers, but went "a long way toward cementing [Patton's] reputation as an artist rather than a mere noisemaker".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The Director's Cut spent two weeks in the Australian Album Chart, reaching a peak position of 18. It dropped to number 41 before leaving the chart entirely.[8] In the United States, the album spent one week in the Billboard Independent Albums chart, at number 30.[9]

Country Chart Peak
position
Australia Australian Album Chart 18[8]
United States Independent Albums 30[9]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reed, Graham (November 5, 2001). "Fantomas – The Director's Cut / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Butler, Blake. "The Director's Cut – Fantômas : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Allrovi. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Noel (July 27, 2001). "NME Album Reviews – Fantomas : The Director's Cut". NME. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Reid, Brendan (July 31, 2001). "Fantômas: The Director's Cut | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ipecac Recordings – Fantômas". Ipecac Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fantomas Get Cinematic On New Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. April 17, 2001. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mallon, Tom (August 2001). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly (CMJ) (95): 80. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Fantômas – The Director's Cut". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "The Director's Cut – Fantômas". billboard.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 22, 2012.