Psyence Fiction

UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1998 Ratings: #23 / 93
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
1998 Ratings: #33
September 29, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mo' Wax / Label
Electronic, Trip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

98
Pitchfork

Whereas most electronic records won't do much for those not into the genre's breakbeats and Atari-esque sound effects, Psyence Fiction comes through as both a genius piece of electronic music history and a remarkable pop album. Friends, UNKLE is for everybody.

90
Rolling Stone

The album is an accessible yet edgy blend of movie-soundtrack-style ambience, hip-hop experimentation, rock & roll reverb, maniacal drum breaks and turntable-synthesizer spasms.

83
Entertainment Weekly
Taking inspiration from K-tel as much as from hip-hop, DJ Shadow returns — under a nom de studio with British label head and producer James Lavelle — with a wildly varied set of song-oriented collaborations.
80
AllMusic

In some ways Psyence Fiction is something better -- a superstar project that doesn't play it safe and actually has its share of rich, rewarding music.

70
Sputnikmusic

Perhaps Psyence Fiction is the greatest indicator of Shadow's genius for just that reason - it's still inferior to his other work, yet most can only dream of these heights.

60
NME
If this was supposed to be an experiment, then they’ve smashed all the test-tubes, set fire to the curtains and are rolling around in a pool of dangerous chemicals. Laughing. A scientific failure, then, but in the irrational world, a stupid, stupid success.
CheapandLethal
85
Great
tha138
65
A much anticipated debut from James Lavelle and his Mo' Wax crew that was supposed to carry the flag of the big beat parade but, instead, it fell into the gap, to avoid the chaos that its excessive ambition created.
MasterCrackfox
48
This album, for lack of a better term, is all over the place. At times it felt like a hip-hop album, at times it was the background music to an early Linkin Park song, and then suddenly it’s a Radiohead B-Side. This isn't the worst thing, but often makes it feel like a somewhat uncohesive list of tracks collected together for a semi-enjoyable album.

Favorite track: Rabbit In Your Headlights
Plats
93
"Psyence Fiction" was one of the first introductions to trip-hop for me and I'm glad it is! This is a classic in the genre, probably one of the best trip-hop records period. It has kind of a movie soundtrack feel to it, which is unique. There's also some pretty big features on here (most notably, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Richard Ashcroft of The Verve) and plenty of great sampling and genre-blending to eat up!

Fav Tracks: Rabbit In Your Headlights, Lonely Soul, Be There, ... read more
k4d3n
95
I always love revisiting the album that got me into trip-hop. I would even say its the best album of its genre.
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Track List

  1. Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death Pt. 1)
  2. U.N.K.L.E. Main Title Theme 
  3. Bloodstain
  4. Unreal
  5. Lonely Soul 
  6. Getting Ahead In The Lucrative Field Of Artist Management
  7. Nursery Rhyme/ Breather 
  8. Celestial Annihilation 
  9. The Knock (Drums Of Death Pt. 2)
  10. Chaos 
  11. Rabbit In Your Headlights
  12. Outro (Mandatory)
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