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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tempa
  • ASIN: B003U4T40U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. 8 Bit Baby (Feat. Murs)
3. CPU
4. Where You Should Be (Feat. Sam Frank)
5. How Real (Feat. Freckles)
6. Fields of Emotion
7. I Love the Way
8. Listenin' to the Records On My Wall
9. Wibbler
10. Metamorphosis
11. Finally (Feat. La Roux)
12. Reflections (Feat. DBridge & Instra:mental)
13. A Song for Lenny
14. The Epic Last Song

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BBC Review

In 2005, when Skream first rode to wider public notice on the frosty arpeggios of Midnight Request Line, interviews told of Aphex-like tales of hard drives stuffed with 7,000-plus tracks. Given that, and despite a steady stream of 12-inch releases in the interim, it's surprising that Outside the Box is only Croydon-born Oliver Jones's second full-length since he started releasing music in 2003.

His 2006 debut album, Skream!, was patchy in comparison with the superb Skreamizm EPs that preceded it. But it nevertheless formed part of a wave of artist albums, including Burial's eponymous debut, which accelerated dubstep's transformation from hyped underground scene to the sort of influential position it's trying to enjoy being in today.

Another big part of that process was Skream's 2009 remix of La Roux's In for the Kill, and it's that same fusion of dubstep and pop that informs much of Outside the Box. It's an often uneasy mix, with several tracks here taking their cues more from commercial trance than the rave culture Jones says he wants to resurrect. The delay on the percolating mid-range wail of Listenin' to the Records on My Wall carries a faint echo of Midnight Request Line, and the Amen break rhythm is kosher drum'n'bass, but the melody and mechanics of the breakdown is pure Paul Van Dyk. Similarly, How Real, like the recent I Need Air single by Magnetic Man (Skream's collaboration with Benga and Artwork), is sharing water and hugs with the day-glo deely-bopper end of old-school rave. No law against that, but these are some of the most formulaic dance music styles around. Where's the creative reward in rehashing such old tricks?

There are uncomplicated pleasures to be found here: I Love the Way's rumbling breakbeat and gloomy descending organ stabs recall the exquisite misery of Liquid's Sweet Harmony; Reflections, a collaboration with drum'n'bass innovators dBridge and Instra:mental, develops pleasantly enough; Wibbler is a brute lump of brostep. Mostly, though, Outside the Box puzzles with its urge to pastiche the more commercial elements of dance music's past. The Epic Last Song represents the nadir of this approach, sounding like a drum'n'bass reversion of the Lambada.

If you hanker after the gritty, thrilling Skream there's his recent Freeizm Twitter track giveaway to enjoy. The one on show here is for a different crowd altogether.

--Chris Power

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I loved Skream's first album, but then haven't really followed what he was up to since then. I bought this on a whim kind of expecting it to be more of the same. It is very different, but not in a bad way - and I have been quite interested to here the evolution of his style. It's definitely much much more commercial sounding, and actually quite a lot of the tracks aren't even dubstep at all. However, commercial doesn't mean rubbish - if you're familiar with Apparat it's kind of similar, purely in the sense that it's a very polished, main-stream produced sound but still actually good.

Addition to initial review 6 months later : I just upped this from 4 stars to 5, it is now one of my favourite albums. It's such a grower, completely first class.
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By C. G. Fletcher on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: MP3 Download
How some moron could tag this album with the word " Lazy" is incomprehensible..
The reviewer... (Michael P Fothergill) is either one of the UK`s top up and coming producers or just yet another web troll .... most likely the latter...

This is one hell of an album....from a really clever young producer who i hope is gonna be making music like this for a long long time..

Play this on a quality stereo, turn it up loud...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Henderson on 16 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after hearing the "where you should be" track on annie mac and can say I wasn't disappointed, this album is everything I'd expect from a producer such a skream with his laid back melodic beats, he clearly hasn't forgotten his roots by just packin full of main stream dubstep thats started to flood in as he's included some tracks that would fit easily into an old dubstep all stars ep. Not only that but you can tell how far he's come as a producer after listening to his early stuff and i think he's finally established his own sound.

If your just getting in to dubstep you might now appreciate this album as much as i did but i'd still recommend it as its one of those albums that grows on you every time you listen to it.
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By AMY on 5 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Loved skream's remix of La Roux, so thought I'd see what the rest of his stuff was like.
awesome ambients and instrumentals, brilliant appliaction of dubstep to other genres
very pleased with my purchase
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