The album is stunning. Read on...
Firstly, In case you think you're not familiar with the Propellerheads, you are. 'Spybreak!' was the used in the lobby scene in 'The Matrix'. An instrumental version of 'History Repeating' is the theme tune to 'So Graham Norton'. Another Props song, 'Crash!', was the used in the recent Austin Powers movie. In addition, I've noticed several tracks on this album used on a TV programme or advert.
But that's because this album is overflowing with style. The front cover reflects the spy mood in tracks like 'Spybreak!', 'OHMSS' and 'Take California'.
That doesn't speak for the whole album though; 'Velvet Pants' and '360 Degrees (Oh Yeah)' are totally different in style, yet equally cool in style too. 'A Number of Microphones' is a 40 second human beat-box, where-as 'OHMSS' a 10 minute remix of the orchestral theme from the bond movie. The choice of samples also brings an element of humour to many of the tracks.
You'd be forgiven for thinking some of the tracks on this album are fillers. Particularly 'Better?', 'Cominagetcha' and 'Winning Style'; but they're definitely not fillers. These tracks would be a centrepiece of any other electronic artist's album, but they only seem tame when compared to the many outstanding A-sides on 'Decksanddrumsandrockandroll'.
Indeed, if you swapped these three tracks for 'Crash!, 'Super Bon Bon' and 'Dive' the album could be called 'Propellerheads Greatest Hits' - there is so much variety and so many perfect tunes, including the three tracks featuring other famous artists (De la Soul on '360 Degrees', Jungle Brothers on 'You Want It back' and Shirley Bassey on 'History Repeating').
Clearly I can't preach enough good about this album. If you buy it, you're life (and taste in music) will be improved.