Fog is a one-man show, a songwriter and electronic musician whose last album, Ether Teeth, was a perfect example of what was possible when someone just went with a vision of music. The sound of Ether Teeth was original and inventive, and not to be confused with any other artist's work. Leaving aside the fact that the guy, to be honest, isn't that great of a singer, and that his lyrics are obscure and nonsensical, it was still a great album. I felt at the time it was going to be a one-off but Fog has returned with a longer and slightly more focused album - 10th Avenue Freakout is certainly worth a listen, though if you heard Ether Teeth and didn't like it, there hasn't been any revolution here and you'd do better to stay away.
The best parts of Fog's previous album, in my opinion, were the atmospheric breaks from singing, where the guy would ply his electronic craft, making a gauzy collage of indistinct instruments and vocal samples. To my horror there is almost none of that on 10th Avenue Freakout, but to balance it out, the sung songs are better in general - or at least more practiced. The sound is just as varied as the last record, if not more, like the switching from Postal Service-esque electrofolk to lounge breaks to crashing distortion and vocal disharmony in just one minute on "The Rabbit." Fog's music as a whole evaded categorization before, but now even the individual songs can't be pinned down.
At the very least you have to admire Fog's fearlessness and experimental nature - Ether Teeth was a spotty affair but when it hit, it hit hard ("Cheerupcheerily" is a masterpiece) - same here, but the good parts and bad parts aren't so easily separatable. The guy obviously needs to work on some aspects of his music, like song consistency, key and harmony, but he's practically unmatched when he's at his best, like the frightening "A Murder," or the stark, simple "O Telescope." I'm giving you both these cause they represent the poles Fog is capable of - whether you'll like everything in between is for you to find out.