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Oblivion With Bells

Underworld Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vital
  • ASIN: B000VM0A5W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Whatever else Essex has contributed to popular culture, Underworld are hard to fault.

The often maligned county that borders East London was referenced in their biggest hit ("Born Slippy"), but this aside, listeners may assume the band were conceived, born and raised in the centre of the city.

Now on their fifth studio recording a full 15 years since their first single and 27 years since their inception, Underworld have always made dense, tough, dark, dirty techno that throbs, loops and evolves like all the world's best cities do.

It is unsurprising then, that this fantastic album is easily among the best released this year.

What is a surprise, albeit only a slight one, is that despite the complexity and depth of this record, there are no instant anthems.

This is a surprise from a band whose "King Of Snake", "Cowgirl", and many more absolutely devastated global dancefloors. Yet the diversion into less banging territory was obvious to those who saw the signs, or specifically, for those who saw Sunshine. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith scored the beguiling, exciting and thoughtful Danny Boyle movie in fitting, but hit-free fashion.

But Oblivion With Bells is a progression from their soundtrack work.

What astonishes is the incredible layering of melodies. Just when an utterly instinctive, hypnotising riff has gnawed into your brain during the likes of "Faxed Invitation" or album standout "Glam Bucket", another twinkling synth leaps in and plays simultaneously. It sounds like robot fornication and techno lovers may be reminded of DJ Rolando's classic, "Jaguar". Musicians who really care about messing with sonic barriers from Boards Of Canada to My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields will be listening carefully.

Karl Hyde's stream of consciousness observations of corruption and paranoia are still present. They're still influenced by Lou Reed and still churn up vivid and disorientating images. On "Ring Road", he passes people 'praying for rain but the next minute a scorched earth', while on "Holding A Moth", he chats about a 'glass eye that loves to be touched'. It's been a long time since vicarious voyeurism felt so right.

Underworld have made an album that is minimal, progressive, techno, deep, ambient, uplifting and soulful. It challenges, tempts, confuses and inspires each time you go near it. How could anyone not love something that has such an effect? --Lou Thomas

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Poem 18 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
There's not much more to say - I think Electrohound summed it up pretty much perfectly. I've been a follower of Underworld since the Lemon Interrupt days, and I would agree that this is their best work. This opinion is of little use to fans of course, who will have Oblivion With Bells already, but if you're not, and perhaps you still associate Underworld solely with Born Slippy, then I urge you to give this record a try (on a really lovely Denon if at all possible).

It's a full, rich sound throughout, weaving layers into the dark minimalist style of The RiverRun Project. If A Hundred Days Off was a slightly disjointed, transitional record, then Underworld seem to have found their truest, most coherent, most melodic sound to date. It's no coincidence, I'm sure, that this latest record opens with its most bombastic moment - the tech-funk of single Crocodile - before gradually descending to a kind of multi-layered ethereal canvas - here is a band saying "goodbye" to crowd-pleasing big beats (although they will say "hello" again whenever they play live, I'm sure).

With Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, it could be argued that The Prodigy, similarly, found their true voice - only for it to be their downfall. No such fate for Underworld, I'm sure. They are true electronic innovators; and here is their most innovative, most rewarding work yet.

Oblivion never sounded so good. I, for one, can't wait to hear what lies beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Underworlds Finest 16 Oct 2007
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
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Underworld have proved to be one of the most enduring and interesting electro-orientated outfits over the last 20 years or so. The soundtrack to 'Breaking and Entering' released earlier this year stands out as one of the most hypnotically beautiful soundtracks ever released, alongside the intriguing and embracing download releases from their own website.

Oblivion with Bells is a return to a more febrile musical state with a mix of upbeat danceable tracks, subliminal hypnotic grooves (but don't be fooled, the lyrics may be oblique but they hit the targets intended!) and straight forward ambient pieces of music which are fantastic.

I can't really add much more to the detailed track description given on the earlier review posted on this site but would like to reiterate that this is one of the best releases across any musical genre this year. Underworld are very intelligent, thought inducing, subtle and highly commercial. A truly rare mix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning.... This is a classic.... 15 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must confess that Underworld had slipped off my musical radar for a bit after the slight disappointment of Hundreds Days off, and had resigned myself to listening to the excellent live album 'Everything, Everything' as their last great release, but this album is one of the most significant and finest returns to form by any band.

Other reviewers have described the tracks in depth and made the relevant comparisons (and why not the tunes deserve it) so i won't repeat other peoples words, instead i will simply sum up this album by saying that it is one of the best albums i have bought in the past ten years, possibly Underworlds finest work, and at no point did I want to skip through any part of it. Last time that happened was with Radiohead's 'the bends' and that is one of my favourite albums of all time, and do you know what, i think this might just be another album for that list...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect electronic album 16 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Electrohound has described this album perfectly but I need to add my five stars. This album grew on me slowly. At first I found it a bit awkward but the more I play it, the more the individual songs and their various styles merge into a majestic album. There are crowd pleasers, ambient musings and social commentary on this album. The soundscape is as lush as ever and to this Karl Hyde has added some of his most memorable lyrics, delivered in a myriad of styles. If anything, his stream of consciousness is more fluid and understandable than on previous efforts and the album's all the better for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Possibly the best Underworld album ever.

1. Crocodile. Love this opening track, six and a half minutes of goodness

2. Beautiful Burnout is awesome, but takes a while to get going. Great bass, robotic sounding vocals, an awesome song to set to a fast moving video

3. Holding The Moth. One of the only tracks I don't particularly like, a bit too monotonous, but the keyboard is nice

4. To Heal is simply one of the most sublime pieces of music I've ever heard, but at only 2 minutes 36 seconds it's far far too short

5. Ring Road, although I didn't like it when I first heard it has turned into my favourite track on the album. Almost Mike Skinner-esque rapping vocals. Amazing music but this one needs to be listened to very loud on a great stereo

6. Glam Bucket is another relxing, synthy affair, which builds up layer upon layer of synth to an amazing climax. Brilliant

7. Boy, Boy, Boy is good, but not a standout track for me. Another one which needs a good stereo

8. Cuddle Bunny vs the Celtic Villages - meh, too short, not a lot happens and it's just basically background noise. Least impressive track on the album

9. Faxed Invitation is another synthy affair, but again not a lot happens and it's a bit too monotonous for me

10. Good Morning Cockerel. Beautiful piano but thats about it

11. Best Mamgu ever finishes off the album in fine style, with a gorgeous laid back 8 minute piece of synth

all in all a brilliant album, best tracks being Beautiful Burnout, Ring Road and Best Mamgu Ever
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Published on 20 Oct 2007 by James the King
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure sonic soma vibrations
I've been listening to Oblivion with Bells over and over. A key session involved a start-to-finish odyssey with my Harman-Kardon sound system. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars not for the disco
Longevity is timeless.

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