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A Hundred Days Off CD


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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Junior Boys Own
  • ASIN: B000069CK6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,524 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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Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 2002, A Hundred Days Off features 10 tracks including Sola Sistim, Momove and Two Months Off. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith came together in the early 80s in the Art-Rock/New Wave band Freur, who eventually morphed into Underworld in the latter part of the decade. By the early 90s, the duo had reinvented themselves as a modern Electronic outfit and achieved critical acclaim, worldwide success and became one of the most influential bands in clubland... all before the 90s came to a close. Underworld explored the fringes of Dub, Dance and Techno, creating a seamless, eclectic fusion of various Dance genres. JBO.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "edjk" on 17 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lopich on 6 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD
To me, this is a solid electronic creation, that can be played on many various occasions. Wll done Underworld.

PS "dinosaur adventure 3D" rocks!! :)
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By mookster on 30 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
not an epic album by any means but it is still one of my favourites.

High points - the stunning, serene beauty of Ess Gee will blow you away. Sola Sistim and Dinosaur Adventure 3D are brilliant also

Low points are few and far between, but Little Speaker and Luetin both meander along a bit too long, not really doing a lot

a good buy, you will not be disappointed
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By joan on 3 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
but still quality.2nd copy bought for a friend so i can keep hold of mine.some real good rumbling rolling tracks.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
Compared to 99% of 'dance' music this CD might rate a 4.5 or a 5 However for me, Underworld, like so many other groups, set themselves too high a standard with their debut. 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' is a classic 5-star album regardless of musical category. Unfortunately, there's nothing in '100 days off' to compare with 'Dark and long' and 'Cowgirl', nor even tracks from their other releases such as 'Pearl's Girl', 'Juanita' and 'Jumbo'. That said, this CD is nowhere near as disappointing as the last efforts from Orbital and the Chemical Brothers. 'Beaucoup Fish' certainly became a grower with me over several plays and so might '100 days off', but there's nothing here that really blows your mind. Still, it walks all over the competition and is at least highly distinctive which is much more than can be said for the derivative and indistinguishable rubbish that is most current dance music.
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