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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2001
This album is simply fantastic. If your looking to listen to music by FSOL this is probably the best place to start. Compared to later work this album has a more user-friendly appeal and could be said to be more dance-floor orientated and up-tempo than their other albums which veer towards a more ambient state. The single "papua new guinea" is widely regarded as one of the greatest dance records of all time, and is worth the price of the CD alone, and the entire album is in a similar vain. There is an overall rainforesty theme throughout and the tracks flow seemlessly between each other, fused together with incredible skill using samples that are bursting with life creating a fantastic listening experience. Euphoric in places, melancholy in others FSOL again take on an incredible journey where the standards never drop. Although the album sounds a little dated it is still deserves the accolades of a classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 September 2003
This album is comprised of very early 90s techno, at a time when rave was the key dance style. Most of the tracks are very ambient, some more progressive and none really driving.
Standout tracks include Expander (and its furious remix), the very tropical Calcium, Pulse State and several others, including of course the album version of Papua New Guinea. The downfall is that some of the tracks sound cheesily dated, almost like the backing music to Streets of Rage or some 90s 16 bit beat-em up.
Then there's the bonus disc, which is essential if you want to own Papua New Guinea on CD, as there are some cracking remixes that almost top the original. At the end of the day this is the real reason to buy the album, as its hard to dish out for several tracks which don't quite cut the mustard any more. Still its essential for ambient dance fans.
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on 2 September 2010
I am seriously perplexed by some of the reviews on this one! Are you people mad?!
This was and still is a stone cold classic from the golden age of dance music back in the early 90s.
This is quite different to most of FSOL's later ambient output, but you can clearly hear early indications of what was to come. 1993's awesome 'Tales Of Ephindrina' album, released under the Amorphous Androgynous pseudonym was like a stepping stone between this album and what was to follow - 'Lifeforms', 'ISDN', 'Dead Cities' and the 'Environments' series.
I originally had this on tape back in the day and have just bought the CD from Amazon. Admittedly, the production is not as polished as the later FSOL albmus but thats just due to the technological limitations of the time. Compare for example 'Experience' with the later Prodigy albums, or '...Ultraworld' with the later Orb albums and you will notice a similar jump in production values.
Every track on this album is really solid - slabs of soulful, melodic techno, perfectly weaved together with lovely ambient atmospherics.
To be honest with you, I find the 2 remixes pointless (the tape version never included them anyway), and the bonus disc is really neither here nor there. I've listened to it once but I don't think I will listen to it often again. Some people love to have endless remixes of big tunes, but no remix will ever come close to the album version of Papua New Guinea which is just incredible. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that it was one of the biggest anthems of the early 90s and still sounds beautiful today. Absolutely timeless and quite possibly one of the best dance tracks of all time.
If in doubt, buy this album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2008
Sorry, but I've got to stick up for this album, it's an absolutely timeless classic....

I'm frankly surprised to see words like 'nothing special' used to describe this album... It set a benchmark upon release and is a classic example of Nineties cerebral techno. There are plenty of deep rhythms and vibes to get into on this album, and it contains the organic blueprint of future FSOL releases to come...

Rather than lightweight, this album is accessible, up tempo and very listener friendly. You don't need to sit in a room and think seriously about the concepts at work to enjoy it (as with some FSOL albums). It's far more immediate than that whilst retaining a good degree of intelligence...

This record's like a favourite pair of trainers. You forgot how good they were until you dug em out the wardrobe and gave em a run out...

I won't even delve into the second PNG remix disc, the album stands up far too well on its own!

An absolutely ESSENTIAL purchase for any fan of Electronic music (and it's many sub-genres)...
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On this early Future Sound Of London album, "Papua New Guinea" is one of only a handful of tracks that have that real sonic depth that FSOL later developed into such rich soundscapes on "Lifeforms" and "Dead Cities" albums. Most of the rest is very polished and interesting rave music, and has dated a little. However if you're after a memory of early 90s rave culture that isn't 'happy hardcore' then this is a great example.
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on 28 June 2014
Just a genuinely good consistent electronic dance album, not sure it ever sold many copies back in 91 and never got the reviews of the more ambient later efforts but to my mind its a record chock-full of melodic and occasionally beautiful tracks. Yes it includes Papua New Guinea but the other tracks are just as good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2000
I'm going to be biased as I think the FSOL are a talented couple of guys. This is the best album that I enjoyed from the FSOL- their other albums can be a little hard to get into. The are some classic tracks like Expander, Moscow and Central Industrial.
If you like intelligent Dance music this is one not to be missed.
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on 4 October 1999
A solid example of tecno-ambience from the early nineties. Essential driving music for then and now. Contains Papua New Guinea which is possibly the greatest track ever recorded. Don't believe me? Try it!
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on 4 November 1999
This is one great album. Driving from the 1st track - containing ambience, trance, dance and techno vibes. Papua New Guinea is a stunning track - check out that low bass line.... Brilliant.
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on 26 February 2013
What a cracking CD this is, JUst love it and it has one of the all time great tracks on it in 'Papua New Guinea' buy it just for that and youll be glad you did..
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