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The sweeping landscapes are painted freshly and delicately on tracks like "Superheroes of BMX" with its drum machines providing a rare departure from the more usual bass, snare and hi hat set up. Don't forget the jewel that is "Stanley Kubrick". The original "Xmas Steps" menacingly builds up a bass heavy cruchendo - before a blaze of fuzz quite different from the version on 1999's "Come on die young" only to lament into a heart wrenching benediction of strings. Rarely has such frailty dovetailed from spikey whitenoise with such startling effect.
If classical music were written on contemporary instruments - then this is it. The emotion, the contrast, the beauty.
To me this collection is more reminicent of "Young Team" than the band's more recent offerings, so if you liked the 1997 album release you should like this. Whilst "Stereodee" still outstays its welcome, this album makes great listening for those who did or didn't buy these releases first time around alike.