A sympathizer might call Forest for the Trees a psychedelic album, but a detractor would probably resort to the term "total mess." Forest for the Trees tries to be everything at once and ends up being nothing at all, pleasing only those who favor "interesting in theory" collage-oriented music over some semblance of catchy songs. In this album, he mixes harmonica, drum machine beats, "heavy metal" guitar, bagpipes, female backup singers, and raps into one big stew. Sure, Stephenson tries to turn Forest for the Trees into a wild party, but instead he has constructed a panel discussion full of hip in-jokes and goofy concepts that fall flat.
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AllMusic Review by Kembrew McLeod