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Beaucoup Fish

Underworld Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Junior Boys Own
  • ASIN: B000023Y31
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beaucoup Fish is Underworld's third studio album and sees them return to form after a slightly lacklustre second LP (Second Toughest In The Infants). Not that this latest missive from the famous trio (Darren Emerson, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith) possesses the same raw energy as their debut Dubnobasswithmyheadman, but it does benefit from differences such as more experimental use of sounds, slicker production and a generally more intricate feel. The albums opener "Cups" is a case in point, a subtle, fluid grower that sees Hyde's usually excitable vocals toned down and more ensconced in the mix. The trio show that they are still fond of pumping chemical onslaughts though with the redoubtable "Push Upstairs" and other thumping club tracks like "Jumbo", "Something Like A Mama", "Kittens and Moaner". The trio have obviously decided to try a few new things out on this LP too, such as "Shudder/King of Snakes", which starts with a wonky Oriental vibe before morphing into nine minutes of drum-fuelled propulsion and heavy sounds. Hyde's voice--which comes close to a kind of rhythmic scatting here--continues to stay low for the most part (though fans can still discern his nonsensical lyrics), becoming more assertive on tracks like the mellow, beatless Skym. Elsewhere, tracks like "Bruce Lee" sees Underworld experiment with a hip hop beat and some Dadaist vocals, and with some meandering breakbeat on "Something Like a Mama", though neither track seems to come off terribly well. If anything, this album proves that Underworld are best when they stick to their classic, distinctive club sound.--Paul Sullivan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Don't be put off by the reviews before this! This is a good Underworld album. In fact, its a very good Underworld album. What it isn't is a natural progression from the dark electronic mood of Second Toughest In The Infants. This is where Underworld excel, they evolve their sound, move with the times, sure they could churn out Underworld-by-numbers tracks to keep the masses happy but wheres the fun in that? Its the difference between Underworld being the Oasis of the dance world, or the Radiohead of the dance world. Experimentation.
Cups opens up the album, with its Todd Terry-esque New York House beats, soulful bluesy vocals from Karl and deep hypnotic bassline. Its one of the best Underworld tracks you can get, gently building over the 10 minute track. Towards the end, the tempo rises and harsh synths and breakbeats lead you into Push Upstairs, a bangy techno track with short stabbing pianos. Jumbo is the next track up, absolutely sublime. Light in mood, Karl sings gently over the top. The bassline bounces along and the way the track fades away leaving extatic twinkling synths at the end is fooking class. Shudder/King Of Snake fires back into storming techno mode, a twisted techdisco number with Donna Summer's I Feel Love bassline used to great effect. Winjer and Skym see Underworld take a more chilled, melancholic stance, similar to something like Stagger from Second Toughest. Bruce Lee is a catchy little number, more indie-ish in nature, funky little guitar stabs with Karl rambling over the top in his usual style. Kittens heads back to dancefloor material, military drums pounding away. A track that builds and builds and builds. Captures the feel of 'Live' Underworld.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underworld at their best 4 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a great follow up to Second Toughest in the Infants, and easily one of the greatest dance albums ever produced, up there with Leftism. Like Underworld's previous albums, it's a good mix of styles. As with Banstyle/Sappys Curry on their last album, sometimes in the same track (Cups), and with Jumbo, has one of the most relaxing and uplifting songs in quite sometime. Other stand out tracks include Kittens; which is a track in the style of Pearl's Girl(Tin There), and the superbly hypnotic Something Like a Mama. The only real letdowns are the rather sparse Skym, and the overcrowded Moaner. On the whole though, a class album by a class act.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where do I begin? 11 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been singing the praises of Underworld in my corner of Michigan since the release of Dubnobasswithmyheadman, and I'm so glad to see this is just as good (if not better)! This CD goes everywhere with me, especially on the hour trek to work every day. "Kittens" is better than coffee, and when "King of Snake" is on, I have to make sure the cruise is set (Don't want any tickets!) I can't recommend this highly enough and eagerly await their next effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a more polished and directional album 13 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since hearing the mighty rez many years ago, I have been some what of a fan of messers Hyde, Smith and Emmerson. My impression of their latest album is one of powerful emotion and it is clear that they have not lost their edge. Opening with the funky night crawler 'cups', the mood shifts quickly to more familiar territory with pounding and devastating 'push upstairs'. 'Jumbo' seems to me to be a rival to that all out classic 'Halcyon' by Orbital where as the track to follow harks back to underworld and earlier techno tracks of years gone by. Other stand alone tracks are 'kittens', the delectable 'push downstairs' which it would seem could sooth any comedown into oblivion and of course the mighty 'moaner'. This album WILL be hailed as superb in the future, it just needs a little time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Fish 26 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Out of the entire Underworld catalogue this is the one that I always fall back on. My only gripe with the album is the inclusion of Moaner. Would also recommend the Pearls Girl EP (11 Track Version) as additional Underworld listening pleasure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumbo 31 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jumbo is withut doubt the best dance track ever written. You can just soak up the influnces as you listen and imagine how this record will reappear, referenced in future dance tracks in 2050. It builds and builds to an orgasmic middle section, that is so beautiful, just sublime listening, that every time I hear it, I'm transported. Buy the album to experience the best mix of Jumbo. The album version is without doubt better than any of the the mixes on 12" singles. Although very clever, the 12" singles never really re-capture the beauty, intensity and structural elegance of the album track, ( apart from just one short jazz funk segment of Jumbo on one single, you know the mix I mean, if you're a fan!)So if you collect dance, buy it now and let Jumbo blow you away all over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL / UNIQUE AND TOP 90's UNDERGROUND SOUND 21 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
I love it myself as these guys are not only really original but also very direct with their tough and melodic sounds. The album has lovely vocals and slips nicely between solid house with an acid touch to twisted down tempo sounds.

It will go well with my most played after party after hours cd's.

Best of British dance music production!
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My title says it all really. Perhaps that I've not written any reviews for music on amazon before says it even more. I felt obliged when I saw this album only has a 4* average. This is the kind of album I will be listening to for the rest of my life! an absolute keeper. Kittens, Jumbo, Bruce Lee, every track is a hit and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a beat and/or electronic music. If you're new to Underworld and not sure which album to start with, get this! Such a nice variety of sounds, it flies through genre's like a roller-coaster of music that's come off the rails and grown wings. Great lyrics, samples, loops and progressive tracks. For me, a lover of music from classical to metal, drone to 80's pop, this is one of my all time top 10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MIxed bag
Talented Underworld made one their worst efforts here, in my opinion, even though three stars hardly signifies a bad product. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Spent 2 years looking for a copy. Found it. Now all i need to do is find vinyl copies of all the other albums!
Published 12 months ago by slatts352
5.0 out of 5 stars correction....
This isn't so much a review as a correction. dubnobasswithmyhead man is actually underworlds 3rd album, the first 2, change the weather and underneath the radar were released... Read more
Published on 3 July 2009 by L. Coltham
4.0 out of 5 stars smooth
I bought this after listening to King Of Snake on the Kevin and Pery go Large soundtrack. The album is great for chilling out to or listening to before you drop off to sleep. Read more
Published on 21 July 2006 by Paul Smithson
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of extreme proportions
Beaucoup Fish was an album I'd been looking at getting for a good while since the 1999 release, and I ultimately capitulated earlier this year. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2003 by "mikeserieys"
4.0 out of 5 stars Drowning in images
Unlike some other customers, Im not going to use those professional phrases. Listening to this album is a real midnight experience. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Not their best by any means!
Well what can I say, disappointment was the main feeling. Underworld were my favourite group, and "Second Toughest" one of my all time favourite albums, but this is not... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2000
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