This unlikely collaboration have produced an album that's got some excellent tracks and is well worth a listen. Four and a bit stars from me - I like all of it and love some of it.
I've listened to, and like, a lot of what Marconi Union have done. Though I've been aware of Jah Wobble and what he's done, I'm a good deal less familiar with his music. So I came to this wondering just what the purveyors of superior ambient soundscapes would get from a collaboration with someone the previous reviewer has described as a 'post-punk dub bassman'. And yes, I did think it an unlikely match.
I shouldn't have worried though as what's here is always listenable. Though some of the tracks sound as though they've been put down by one part of the collaboration and the other has just chipped in with a contribution, even then the tracks are decent and very listenable. But the album contains some gems - the second, fourth and last tracks - that sound much greater than the sum of their perhaps unlikely parts. And here's the real surprise, for me; neither the bass-led dub nor ambient soundscapes for which the collaborators are rightly famous are what you'd call up-tempo, but the tracks that work best here are the faster ones. That's something I certainly wasn't expecting.
The product description mentions that the album has a feel of continental Europe about it and yes, it does. That may not make sense until you've heard it, of course but should I ever find myself with a long trip down an autobahn this would be the perfect soundtrack to it.
Try it. It's unlikely, but it works.