I have been a fan of The Orb for quite some time, patiently waiting year upon year for albums that had been finished but not released. Any person will tell you that this can be frustrating at times, but if you enjoy a group enough you will put yourself through such tortures. This particular album had been finished for somewhere around two years before its release here, but I do not feel that the wait was all for naught.
Dr. Alex Paterson seems to be willing to head back towards the group's roots, cutting down on the number of radio-friendly tunes with vocals and more traditional song structure as was seen on this album's predecessor, Cydonia. I personally feel this album is much more true to the feel and tone of the Orb anthology.
There also seems to be a stronger emphasis on breakbeat patterns in this album when compared to releases in the past. I for one am a big fan of breakbeats and find them to work perfectly on this disc, especially on my favorite track Prime Evil. There is even a song that could be described as trip-hop, with rhyming laid over the beats. Most of the reviews have given this song a negative tone (Aftermath), but I think that is because there are not a large amount of Orb fans that really listen to hip-hop or anything of the sort. The song isn't that bad, people. It's just something The Orb has never done before. Not all songs fall under this description, but this is certainly a more beat-oriented Orb album than most. Especially when considering the more ambient works they have done (Orbvs Terrarvm, Pomme Fritz, etc).
Very very die hard Orb fans I'm sure will find something to complain about, it seems they always do. While it may not be their most original work, it certainly left me feeling content and has been listened to many times since it was purchased. To anyone that is looking at buying an album of The Orb, I highly recommend it. I used to be very critical of electronic music, blowing it off without really giving it a chance. The Orb changed all that for me. It was unlike anything I had ever heard before, the ultimate "gateway drug" music. Considering the man has a Doctorate in Sound Engineering, it is no surprise. Long Live The Orb!