I am really mystified by the 5 star reviews on Amazon for this album. This album represents the absolute nadir of this producer. Photek's productions, once subtle and clever, are now raucous and aimed at the "cheese" end of the market. Photek himself seems to think that this is his best album- he thinks somewhere between "Modus Operandi" and "Solaris". Firstly, the album doesn't even bare comparison with Modus. It isn't even as good as Solaris- remember that there were 2 killer opening tracks on that one, "Terminus" and "Junk". There are no killers on this one. An attempt is made to create a similar vibe to the track "The Hidden Camera" with "Pyramid" (track 4), but although the breaks are fine, he still seems compelled to put in the ubiquitous cheesy hand-clap sample for the "snare" part- completely at odds with the vibe of the track. This sloppy approach seems to permeate the whole album. Most of the other tracks are monotonous and unimaginative. There is development in some of the tracks, but even this seems to be arbitrary and illogical. The first 3 tracks build up and promise a drop, but it doesn't happen. The best track, in my opinion is track 7, "Quevedo", but even this one is anonymous (tracks 4, 5 and 7, for all intents and purposes, ARE the album).
This album should perhaps better be compared to his last effort "Form and Function 2"- although this was a D&B album- it shows the same lack of musicality and originality (a telling fact is that the one great track on F&F2, "One Nation", was produced in 1997 and was included as a filler). There are worse albums than this out there of course, but this makes me angry, not least because I spent money on it based on the Photek name- that wont be happening again- also, this seems like a cynical exercise on his part to make money for minimal effort. This once great producer now follows the pack.