Never was former Sex Pistol John `Johnny Rotten' Lydon's caustic nasal whine put to better use than on the lead single `Open Up' that catapulted Leftfield into the pantheon of dance music greats. The shuddering, shimmering, relentless sonic cathedral of sound just forces you to get up and dance, and the remainder of the album ain't half bad either.
In the mid 90s, this album's mix of electro, soul, ambient, dub, reggae, and even house music, blew the competition away, and along with the likes of `Faithless', `Prodigy', `Massive Attack', `Portishead', and `Basement Jaxx, ushered in a new era of articulate, intelligent Dance music.
Like many others I eagerly snapped up a copy of follow-up CD `Rhythm and Stealth', which was more `Trip-Hop' oriented and less innovative. While still a decent enough album, Leftfield never hit the heights that the sublime `Leftism' reached, again. Like a fine wine, this just gets better with age; buy it, absorb it; savour it for years to come.