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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East West
  • ASIN: B00000I2C8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Sinking, The Aloof emulated the heights and sublime depths of Massive Attack. Moving elegantly through a bromide of dub, reverb and irradiated swathes of strings and keyboards, creamy-sweet vocalist Ricky Barrow sings downbeat songs wallowing in sleaze and self loathing. "One Night Stand" is a sordid lament on the part of a serial stud at his inability to care for women; "Stuck On The Shelf"'s chorus of "Come on over here and have some fun" sounds about as healthy as that of a loiterer in a dirty mac outside a school playground; while "Abuse" is a chronicle of body-poisoning bad habits. Yet all of this negativity is couched in some of the most uplifting and expansive dance rhythms of the 1990s. --David Stubbs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Aloof's Sinking is an album of rare calibre, along side Radiohead's OK Computer as an album you will return to again and again, never growing tired of it. Selecting outstanding tracks is impossible, each one will react to a sepatate emotion, from the writhing self-hatred apparent beneath the lyrics of One Night Stand, to the emotionally drained and tired title track, from the desperate insanity of Wish You Were Here or the darkened triumph and stilted elation, the mixture of feelings brought up and thrown over in the massive Last Stand.
In a time where dance music sounds similar to school children pounding bass drums and pushing no bounders, Sinking is an album to restore the disillusioned faith in it, sounding as fresh today as it did when it was released seven years ago.
A must for anyone who considers themself a music fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Aloof released Sinking in 1996. Not much fanfare, except for knowing rumblings in dance circles here in the UK. This album is stunning. Their arrangements verge on the orchestral and there is an expansive sound that envelopes your speakers. In a music scene like dance music there can be a tendency for tracks to sound the same but here we see intelligence in sound taking place. Tracks to watch out for, "Wish You Were Here" with it's farewell to love feel, "Bittersweet" which opens the record and the opus "One Night Stand" with it's scathing recital of one to many nights out and subsequent liasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SecretSam on 3 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
A lost masterpiece

Legend has it their record company sent them off for a couple of months with a huge supply of drugs, and an instruction to come back with an album.

The result was this classic of dance/trip-hop, one of the unsung heroes of a 90s dominated by huge egos with limited talents (step forward Messrs Gallagher)
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