AOTY 2019

In Sides

Orbital - In Sides
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1996 Ratings: #12 / 60
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
1996 Ratings: #22
April 29, 1996 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pitchfork

People have said that electronic music lacks personality. Perhaps. In Sides, however, exudes the personality of a dozen great life-long missions whose goals were to make this album stand out from the pack.

90
NME

After the undeniable but heavy-handed gravitas of 'Snivilisation', 'In Sides' feels like an emphatic retreat into the personal domain. Despite its many shifts in temper, the prevailing demeanour is one of sensitivity to the eddies of life's swollen stream.

83
Entertainment Weekly

In Sides vibrates with energy, unraveling in a breathtaking symphonic display of layered beats and melodies that combine the mathematical construction of Aphex Twin with the galactic tinkerings of the Orb.

60
Rolling Stone

On In Sides, the duo has incorporated elements of trip-hop and jungle, and the result is more melancholic than the housed-out bliss of Orbital's earlier work.

morningsbell
84
A great example of mastering a style and varying it just enough to make a consistent but never uninteresting record
100
From the otherworldly, densely layered introspection of the opener 'Girl With The Sun In Her Head' to the utterly euphoric finale of 'Out There Somewhere (Part Two)', 'In Sides' captivates and shows a melodic and compositional maturity beyond anything else I've heard in the genre.

A masterpiece, and one of my top 5 favourite albums ever. And I say that as a metalhead.
JonathanG09
98
Usually with an electronic album of this length, I always end up getting bored towards the end and end up putting something else but not in this case, this album is absolutely amazing, engaging from beginning to end. Beautiful.
tha138
85
At last, the Hartnoll Brothers reached the top level of the electronic creation by using their digital rhythms as the vanguard of a complicated campaign that wisely uses all of its equipment to feed and be fed by the brain.
Riskr
NR
I don't get the hype for the duo.
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Track List

  1. The Girl With the Sun In Her Head
  2. Petrol
  3. The Box (Part 1)
  4. The Box (Part 2)
  5. Dwr Budr
  6. Adnans
  7. Out There Somewhere (Part 1)
  8. Out There Somewhere (Part 2)
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