Sep 17, 2018*
69
Another frustrating post-90s LP from Orbital. Here the brothers manage to deliver tracks that have bags of character such as Hoo Hoo Ha Ha, P.H.U.K and Tiny Foldable Cities yet also poop out generic EDM drivel like Buried Deep Within or vacant sci-fi rave like Vision OnE.

The Raid deserves a 2nd or 3rd movement in which it breaks down, freaks out then storms off into chaos, a good ol 8 minute romp, but no, they just repeat the same shapeless hook and then stop [sigh].

The title track is a ... read more
Aug 16, 2018
56
Their first bad album, and it's not just bad - it's gunk! Unfocused, cheaply assembled and creatively empty. These boys must have been wrung dry after the 90s.
Jun 21, 2018
83
Fantastic subversion of two glossy 80s pop songs into Laibach's ironic(?) right-wing propaganda image of the time. This is performance art and a mighty fine goth-industrial experience.

(Reviewed the original 8 track cassette version, not sure the additional 4 on the CD add much.)
Jun 19, 2018
71
Some real moments to treasure on this but they're soon lost among the many pointless airwaves.
May 29, 2018
72
A bop about diet and exercise so sincere it comes government approved.
May 16, 2018
73
Wish the first half had as much character as the second.
May 15, 2018
72
observations
- A Perfect Swarm and Defender are absolutely sublime.
- The vocal melody in V Formation makes me nauseous and I don't know why.
- You cannot chant "Hey Sister, Hey Sister" without invoking Lady Marmalade.
May 3, 2018
78
Van holds his own here but the understated splendour of the organ work by Joey should be the main draw. Fantastic horn and guitar solos throughout. Check "Goldfish Bowl" or "Everyday I have the Blues".
Apr 16, 2018*
74
On paper these lyrics seem weak but her delivery completely sells me on them. Cute, 2000s outsider vibes and evocative melodies. This feels like something she had to get out of her, an exorcism rather than a change in direction. Still, I dig.
Feb 15, 2018*
75
This 'UK only' double album can be a slog. Seek ye the worldwide 10 track version for a concise and spikey new wave experience.
Aug 25, 2017
59
Nothing sparkles here. The instruments are pushed back into a big bland pool and the guest vocals (apart from Lanegan) are sadly uninspired.
Jun 29, 2016
78
<3 You had me at Moon Crystal! <3
Jun 29, 2016*
83
Impeccable production, drunk af beats and a hint of A-grade ambiance: Shadow BACK!
The collaborative tracks are the absolute stand-outs here.
Apr 8, 2016
75
Reliable as ever. A fresh suite of pulsing minimal beats and hypnotic micro-samples. The magic is fully revealed when he de-constructs his sound. Masterful.
Sep 23, 2015
86
Unpretentious, carefree teenage yearning in perfect pop form. This record has more hooks than Muhammad Ali.

I was supposed to vacuum the house but spent 40 minutes punch-dancing to this.
Sep 13, 2015
73
Side 1 is like being stalked and then torn apart by feral electronics. If you have a headache just don't even.

Side 2 is the antidote; cavernous ambience, drip noises, long choral sections.

Cool stuff for OPN fans.
Sep 9, 2015
88
Bookended by two very classy arrangements, Gainsbourg (at his button-pushing best) leads us through some murky territory.
This should leave you as impressed as it does uncomfortable.
Sep 9, 2015
79
Was your childhood a haunted, lo-fi, B-movie shroom trip?

Same.
Aug 27, 2015
75
Solid French house music painted with fairly broad strokes. Some of the lyrics might make you cringe but these tracks will keep you moving.
Aug 21, 2015
80
80's travel music done well. The tempo doesn't change throughout and the plinky Balearic backbeat is with you for nearly the whole journey but each track is overlaid by a new instrument that changes the landscape outside your window. Icy synth, sunset guitar even dusky saxaphone all urging you down the trail a little further.
This hits me where I live.
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