- Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Rank: #139 / 722
USER SCORE
75
Based on
96 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Underworld have made some of their most vital work without compromising any of the aspects of their sound that a modern audience might scan as dated.

90
PopMatters
It’s both pretty much anything you could ask for as a long-term fan and the kind of late-period album that is actually worth spreading beyond the faithful.
85
The Line of Best Fit
Sometimes you have to look back to move forward, and by doing that, Underworld have made their best album in almost twenty years.
83
A.V. Club

While the group no longer sounds like the future of house music, it does a damn good job sounding like the present.

81
Pitchfork
Regardless of their reputation for turning late-night urban-hedonism anthems into festival-filling crowdpleasers, Underworld remain romantics at heart.
80
The Guardian

While Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have retained what was special about their greatest triumphs ... Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is never weighed down by its makers’ history.

80
Spin

Like the ’80s-skin-shedding Dubnobass, it’s an inspired record born from the desperation of years-long stagnancy.

80
AllMusic

Near perfect and a step forward as well, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future belongs on Underworld's top shelf. If it's considered to be "late-era," it must also be considered "miraculous."

80
musicOMH

Where Barking was all about the kinetic energy of the feet and arms, Barbara… joins the soul and the head, its rhythms enhancing rather than driving the experience.

80
Sputnikmusic

There are several elements from their entire career fused with new ones, as well as a newfound accessibility that also signals a creativity boost. It's great to see Underworld this vital once again.

80
No Ripcord

Every single track off of Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future finds a good amount of reasons to believe the UK duo are just as relevant as the young beat makers they’ve influenced.

75
Consequence of Sound
On their seventh full-length, the two bring a refreshing return to their old creative selves while still keeping both feet firmly planted in the now.
75
Under The Radar

The release of Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future only reinforces their continued relevance.

70
Drowned in Sound
Gone are the tub-thumpers of yore in favour of understated, yet nevertheless, euphoric electronica bursting with hope.
70
Clash

At seven tracks and under 45 minutes, ‘Barbara’ is their shortest LP to date, but its brevity belies a wealth of aural treasures.

60
The Skinny

Barbara… is less massive comeback than slight return.

60
Slant Magazine

Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future feels like a gesture of resignation.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Its purpose is to cement Underworld as elder statesmen of minor-arena-filling, rather than “floor-filling,” amorphously electronic music. It’s not hip, but it’s not square either.

Jun 4, 2016
75
Although they don't hang out on the covers of electronica anymore, they thankfully keep some ecstatic secrets for the back-pages.
Apr 29, 2016
raymon
77
It's an album that at first I was a little unimpressed by. However, with multiple listens the grooves and moods reveal themselves more, and overall you get a pretty decent house record.
Mar 23, 2016
seszental
86
BEST TRACK:
- Low Burn
- Ova Nova
- Nylon Strung
Mar 23, 2016
77
Dance music at it's best with load of great vocal flourishes. Magnificent
Mar 19, 2016
80
y this point in their career, Underworld have become such mainstays of electronic music that reviewing them almost feels like an exercise in futility. - See more at: http://renownedforsound.com/index.php/album-review-underworld-barbara-barbara-we-face-a-shining-future/#sthash.2lz587XH.dpuf
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March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Universal / Label
Rick Smith, High Contrast / Producer
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 9 - Albumism
# 77 - Fopp
# 10 - PopMatters
# 37 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 27 - Q Magazine
# 68 - Rough Trade
# 45 - The Quietus
# 51 - Uncut
# 12 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. I Exhale
  2. If Rah
  3. Low Burn
  4. Santiago Cuatro
  5. Motorhome
  6. Ova Nova
  7. Nylon Strung


Added on: November 24, 2015