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Disappear Here

Hybrid Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Distinctive
  • ASIN: B0032JE77S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Field-leaders in the progressive breaks world, and sometime movie soundtrackers, Hybrid have taken their time to deliver a follow-up to 2006’s acclaimed I Choose Noise. For two years the duo of Chris Healings and Mike Truman have been working on this, their fourth studio album, and along the way brought vocalist Charlotte James aboard as an official member. The result of so many long nights, arranging the on-screen building blocks of contemporary electronic music: a collection that dares to dream beyond the restrictions of its pigeonhole, which should propel its makers into all new leagues of recognition.

A fairly innocuous opener, Empire, gives way to James’s first contributions – and it’s here that Hybrid begin their ascendency from highly respected artists at a niche level to, potentially, mainstream contenders. Of course, such is the nature of today’s top 40 that a genuine breakthrough remains unlikely, but Can You Hear Me – synths set to sumptuous, its beats insistent but never invasive, James’s vocals approaching otherworldly – would surely trigger convulsions of delight at the chart’s lower end. The title-track covers completely new ground for the group, and again would sit pretty amongst larger-selling outfits’ more introspective moments: acoustic at its outset, the song builds to a luscious piece of leftfield digi-soul. It’s the sort of song that, if penned for a Leona or Alicia when their management teams were asleep, would be a number one.

The jaw absolutely smacks the mat come Break My Soul, which marries huge, Eastern-tinged strings to James hitting her own vocal heights. As a calling card for her soar-away tones, it’s magnificent, and Truman and Healings back her up with music that manages to be both ominous and luminous at the same time. It’s a song of several sections, too, indicative of the ambition Hybrid have looked to articulate across this album – a Day-in-the-Life-style swelling of strings introduces the final run towards a stirring climax, turning the skin electric. 

Though not without concessions to convention – alienation of their fanbase is not an option – Disappear Here presents enough progress to mark its makers as not only mavericks within a scene, but capable of achieving so much more. This is a record that will easily appeal to lovers of Starkey’s hook-up with Brighton vocalist Anneka and Bonobo’s collaborations with Andreya Triana; but it should also be investigated by fans of the electro-pop of Roísín Murphy, Pendulum’s crossover cacophonies, and Groove Armada’s more interesting turns. --Mike Diver

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Stevie
Format:Audio CD
There are plenty of reviews out there that would (wrongly) have you believe that this is Hybrid's "Marmite" album - that people must either love it or hate it.

If you can ignore the opinions of reviewers who've fast forwarded their way through the album, rather than listening properly, you'll get your reward. This is a very strong album which contains recognisable elements from all of Hybrid's earlier work, as well some very interesting new ideas. It's an album in the truest sense of the word - if you're the kind of person who routinely hits the 'shuffle' button then you'll not get it - but give yourself time and space to listen to it end to end and it will click.

(Hey...Chris and Mike have been working on it for a long time, the least you can do is pay attention for an hour or so ;-)

Just to put the record straight, the usual Hybrid trademarks are all here in abundance. Darkness, beauty, drama, emotion, and driving beats all combine to create the familiar vast soundscapes of their previous albums. "Empire" could be straight off "Wide Angle"; "Can You Hear Me" could easily have been taken from the "Morning Sci-Fi" sessions; and even the track that most people seem to have the biggest problem getting their heads around, "Green Shell Suit", would have been perfectly at home on their last album ("Sound System 01").

Had "Disappear Here" been chosen as the theme song to the last Bond movie, it would have sold in lorry loads. And had "Every Word" been the B-side to a single, fans would have been waxing lyrical over the band taking a "beautiful new direction". Of course "Formula of Fear" was itself a single, and has been around for a while; pretty much universally praised, it remains one of Hybrids most danceable tracks (and a great song to boot).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique class act.... 11 Mar 2011
By Claire
Format:Audio CD
Only recently stumbled across this band whilst searching for other electronica albums. Never heard of them before but thought I'd give them a try after reading all the hype. After listening to Hybrid I'm truly amazed...they are one exceptional group - lots of anthemic electronics and variety which I just love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album... 8 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry i didn't buy this album on it's release. Although i have their previous albums, i actually doubted whether 'Disappear Here' would be up there with Hybrid's previous efforts. I remember anticipating the release of the album but i think the release date was knocked back due to the band not being happy with the tracks for the new album (band saying 'they weren't quite hitting the spot'). I'll be honest and say that this made me wonder what else was up with the new album (Have Hybrid run out of steam ?). I read the reviews here a few weeks back and they were quite positive so i ordered the album. It hasn't left the car cd player in a week and will remain there for some time to come !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 18 July 2013
By Mark
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wasn't sure about this at first but it does grow. All the albums seem different but after a few plays yeah good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hybrid Album 18 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not that I have a duff album from Hybrid so far but this is a goodun', as you'd expect if you own any of their other releases. Definitely worth a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid, Disappear Here album 15 Mar 2012
By JonP
Format:Audio CD
Great music, I play it a lot - bought the CD. Only small problem is that the song titles don't show with my PVR (Panasonic DMR-EX99V), only the song numbers. When played on my computer I get the titles and computer art as well.
First heard Hybrid on Vimeo.com videos by Need4Speed wingsuit flyers: 'Art of Flight' and 'Insight'. Music really fits the action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid at the top of their form.. 6 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've been following Hybrid now since their first album, Wide Angle, back in 1999. I remember hearing the track "Dreaming your Dreams", having never heard any of their music before, and I knew instantly I had to own that album - I knew I'd found a favourite artist. Years have gone by, other artists and genres have been and gone, but Hybrid have been a constant - their albums always remaining a firm favourite in my CD player.

In short, Disappear Here is another masterpiece and slots perfectly into their discography. Full of classic Hybrid elements.. excellent production quality, brooding moody bass, great breaks, perfectly judged vocals and beautiful strings. Each track is as enjoyable as the last, and always for different reasons.

They continue to go from strength to strength and they absolutely deserve more mainstream admiration - but, purely from a selfish point of view, hope they remain slightly on the edge of obscurity so that they can be a band that I love whilst everyone else listens to the guff in the charts! Already looking forward to their 5th studio album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slight change of style 31 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Hybrid have always had consistent high quality of output. Though 'I Choose Noise' kept up that quality, I was sligthly disappointed by it and felt there was rehashing of a familiar formula from 'Morning Sci-Fi'.

The addition of Charlotte James to the band has created a fresh feel this time. The stand out song is 'Break My Soul', with its soaring torch melodies that you can't help but sing along, it easily matches the likes of 'If I Survive'. The rest of the album is varied and up to the high standards you expect from Hybrid. The difference Charlotte makes is probably most obvious on 'Every Word', a soulful, beautiful and somewhat gentle song, that comes a close second to 'Break My Soul'. The sultry shuffle of 'Salt' and the grungey drive of 'Original Sin' exploit Charlotte's vocal range.

The only let down is 'Take A Fall', which suffers from the bands unfortunate habit of choosing unconvincing vocalists and some akwardly juvenille rhyming in the lyrics. I'm not a fan of 'Can You Hear Me?' or 'Formula of Fear', however both of these songs are well considered by most fans.

Overall, another great Hybrid album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New to me, I love it to bits.
I only got to know Hybrid in recent times and wonder how they slipped under the radar for so long. I'm now going through Hybrid's back catalogue and very much enjoying the... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by DSR
5.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid Evolution - 'Disappear Here' HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I've been following Hybrid's Work for a number of years now, and I just cannot find anything bad to think or say about them... Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by jacques rossouw
5.0 out of 5 stars old men love hybrid
Hybrid disappear here is the second album i've heard and i can safely say this middle aged bloke loves their blend of techno and orchestral with that killer production,i first... Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Mr. David Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Hybrid's "Dark Side of the Moon", but SO CLOSE....
With 21 reviews and counting, there's not much I can add to what's been said. *Cue verbal diarrhoea onslaught, all the same*

If we're talking comparisons, I can only say... Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by Johnny Myo
3.0 out of 5 stars After 1 Listen
Long time Hybrid fan. Can't believe people are comparing this favourably to Wide Angle, especially in the same breath as slagging off the stuff in between. Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by blackworx
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love Hybrid's work and this follows on from their previous work with what some may consider a slightly more commercial angle from before. Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by A. Searle
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