With the dance music explosion of the 1990s a fading distant memory, there's a kind of hysterical desperation around to find "urban" music with some musical intelligence and broader appeal. Hence the hype - or relief - that has greeted this album coming out of a south London "dubstep" scene. After a few plays it does really suck you in, especially the latter half - by track 5 the (mostly instrumental) album starts to come alive, immersing you, becoming more rhythmically insistent yet more abstract with broken beats, glitchy samples, scratches, white noise etc. It gets better & better. The final track 12 "Pirates" is the most hallucinogenic dub I've heard since the heyday of Perry & Pablo. Despite various doubts & reservations, I've now had Burial on virtual repeat play for weeks. Believe the hype!