ok, I'll answer my own question: no. though State may be close.
all the clearly fake instrumentation fits in with the concept of the album, I think. that probably wasn't intentional, but since all the tracks are about deception to some degree the fact that it kinda sounds like Far Side Virtual is actually pretty cool. probably could've been mastered better though. digital drums have this sibilance to them that the drum machines he's used in the past don't.
imo the album is solid - maybe has too many weird tracks next to each other in the first half but once you get to stuff like Past and Afterlife it really sounds like he's as good as ever. God Said reminds me of the best moments on Healing. the issue is that it's just too long. I actually don't know what songs I'd cut, but a lot of them could have lost a minute or so.
probably no real demand for it but it could really use a re-press. I think it's a Top 5 Todd album
― frogbs, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 04:08 (three months ago) link
Coming up on 20 years. As S/A-era Todd would say, "Yikes!"
― henry s, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 12:21 (three months ago) link