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A Hundred Days Off CD

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Junior Boys Own
  • ASIN: B000069CK6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mo Move
2. Two Months Off
3. Twist
4. Sola Sistim
5. Little Speaker
6. Trim
7. Ess Gee
8. Dinosaur Adventure 3D
9. Ballet Lane
10. Luetin

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UNDERWORLD A Hundred Days Off (2002 UK 10-track CD album including the singles Two Months Off and inosaur Adventure 3D picture sleeve JBO1020102)

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Underworld are in many ways the godfathers of techno, and A Hundred Days Off is close to a decade after their seminal debut album Dubnobasswithmyheadman firmly established their presence; they have little left to prove. Largely responsible for stretching the boundaries of dance, Underworld almost single-handedly dragged the genre out of murky clubs and into the live arena, blended guitars with techno and even had a mainstream hit "Born Slippy Nuxx" along the way. Following a three-year recording hiatus that saw longtime DJ collaborator Darren Emerson leave the fold, the remaining members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have never sounded so buoyant. The tardy sequel to Beaucoup Fish, A Hundred Days Off has none of the former album's bristling claustrophobia and urban menace, favouring instead a joyous carnival feel riddled with cut-up live percussion and surging keyboard loops. Entrancing from the outset, the dreamy psychedelia of "Mo Move" sees Hyde languidly intone; "I dream that I'm chemical" while cascading percussion and the intensifying beat peak and dissolve. The storming 9-minute first single "Two Months Off" continues the surreal lyrical theme with Hyde this time chanting, "You bring light in", while mesmerising multi-layered rhythms and effects make for a sure-fire dancefloor dominator. There are quieter moments such as the breezy funk of "Solar Sytem" and lethargic folk-blues ambience of "Trim" (reminiscent of Moby circa Play), but while unmistakably Underworld throughout, A Hundred Days Off is their most unrelentingly upbeat and infectiously joyous release to date. --Christopher Barrett

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "edjk" on 17 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
With the departure of Darren Emerson I was a little unsure if AHundredDaysOff would be as fantastical as their other albums. I need not worry and I found that this was perhaps as good, if not better. It would be so easy to compare it to Beucoup Fish, with it's thumping tracks sush as TwoMonthsOff that just wanna make you get up and move your body. However, in a way i found it to be a combination of all their albums put together. Maybe thats just me. It's a must buy for any Underwolrd fan and anyone who loves upbeat melodic tunes that shows how trance and techno should be done. A great album done by the masters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MR J R DAVIS on 12 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
It really must have been hard to try and top the heady heights of beaucoup fish and this album proves this. The opening track to this album "Mo Move" suggests great things to come, its a stomper of a tech-house track that has awesome fills and drum breaks. However, as the album progresses sadly we slowly decend into chilled underworld mode which i feel has never been their strong side. Having said that i feel that underworld have one of their greatest chilled moments to date on this album in tne form of "little speaker", this might have something to do with the fact that it sounds so similar to "jumbo" from beaucoup fish. Despite the similarities to beaucoup fish throughout its a more similar recording to "second toughest" in structure.
It just seems that underworld have become good at sounding like themselves and the departure of Darren Emerson has had a slight but noticable effect on their sound. This effect is proved to be awesome at times on a hundred days off, but also makes the album sound laboured at times. But this is by no means a weak album its just.......... an underworld album.
PS "dinosaur adventure 3D" rocks!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bjfletcher" on 16 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I approached this release with some trepidation after the rather disappointing "Beaucoup Fish", but was pleasantly surprised to find Underworld back on form with an outstanding follow up. The loss of Darren Emerson is notable but most certainly not in a negative way. The album has a more uplifting house vibe to it, evident from the first single "Two Months Off" and the future single "Dinosaur Adventure 3D", and tracks like "SolaStim" see a welcome back to the bands more chilled out style of earlier releases. Anyone who, like myself, was not overly impressed by "Beacoup Fish" but loved "Dubnobass..." and "Second toughest..." will welcome this masterpiece with open arms.
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In 2002 Underworld were riding pretty high with a string of solid albums to their name. It had been 4 years since Beaucoup Le Fish, so there was eager anticipation around the new album. First impression of A Hundred Days Off: a visually striking cover and great title – 2 ticks. It got even better. For the most part A Hundred Days Off is an edgy, slightly dark album, but that’s exactly what Underworld are about. Karl Hyde employs his trademark repetition of a line or single word to full effect. The album’s crammed with original ideas and Rick Smith hits genius level with his incredible electronic arrangements.

Two Months Off is clearly the stand out track. Gorgeous arrangements, the anticipation as it builds up to the chorus, the superb bored girl vocals and synth church bells thrown in. When this track gets into your bloodstream it’ll stay there for life – utterly brilliant. Twist beautifully builds up layers of sound; another Underworld trademark and a showcase for Rick Smith. On Sola Sistim you can feel the pain in KH’s vocal. The heavy drum sound and swaying synths are equally impressive. Little Speaker is a more playful with bored girl taking the lead. RS weaves a range of sounds, which are addictive, mesmeric - even jazzy. Dinosaur Adventure is a pulsating track, echoes of Beaucoup Le Fish. Luetin is the perfect final track. Like Marvin Gaye’s closing track on What’s Going On, its’ power and impact are undeniable.

I played this album to a few people who hadn’t heard music like this before and it’s no exaggeration to say they were blown away. I don’t think A Hundred Days off has received the level of critical acclaim it deserves. It’s undoubtedly Underworld’s finest album ranking alongside Kid A, Melody AM and other stand out recordings from the early noughties.

RH
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
After the rather disappointing 'Beaucoup Fish' this album was always going to be the test for Underworld, especially after Darren Emerson left too. Were they up to it anymore? The answer is yes, but sadly this album is not up there with the high standard of either 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' or 'Second Toughest in the Infants'.
However it is a good, solid album and that was what was needed from Underworld at this point in time, to re-assert their standard and name on the scene they did so much to re-invent and evolve.
The usual formula is here, from the slow, more mellow tracks to the typical pounding techno tracks. 'Two Months Off' is a wonderful song, full of shimmering electronics and tinkling melodies. 'Sola Sistim' has an 80's feel to it with its synth washes and motifs. 'Ess Gee' is a beautiful, soft ambient track with lovely guitar. This is one of the type songs which Underworld get so little credit for, and they usually are their best, like "Tongue" on 'Dubnobass....' and "Blueski" and "Stagger" on 'Second Toughest....'.
'Ballet Lane' contains more lovely synth motifs and soft atmospheric washes to a solid beat and last but not least 'Luetin' is a fantastic song to end the album with. It's got a really great bassline which sticks in your head for ages and you'll be humming the tune for ages. It's tough, yet melodic and shows that Underworld have lost none of their techno knowledge since Emerson's departure. Actually most real Underworld fans will acknowledge the quiet man of the group, Rick Smith, as the real driving force and brains behind Underworld's sound and style, and this album proves this.
There are bad points to the album. The awful 'Dinosaur 3D Adventure' needs to be avoided and one or two of the other tracks show little invention or imagination, but on the whole this is a good album and a real treat for Underworld fans.
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