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Spokes

Plaid, Plaid & Bob Jaroc Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0000C8XK7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Warp Records, WARPCD114, 2003 DIGI 11 Track

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plaid bang on ... AGAIN 24 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Plaid ramp up the grittyness and angry values for their latest outing. Where Not For Threes and Rest Proof Clockwork painted very chilled sonic soundscapes, Double Figure moved back to the more electro sound of Plaid past. Spokes moves further in this direction, several tracks being set to furious electro breaks, much more pace than Double Figure. Where the production is more lively you still get the wonderful orchestra electronica that you'd associate with Plaid. You end up with an album that'd press all your Chiastic Slide buttons while simultaneously yanking on your Music Has The Right To Children lever. Yes.
Taking a few tracks out of this to show you the kind of quality we're dealing with, lets head to the opener Even Spring. THOSE melancholic Plaid keys ease you into the album, eerie vocals before halfway through adding skittery electronic beats. Crumax Rins has a wickedly sinister bassline running through it, fresh and lively breaks and towards the end of the track the sounds used become angrier and more frantic. Something that crops up alot on this album. A great effect, harmony of soft and harsh. B Born Droid is one of the more chilled tracks on here, having a very Eastern vibe. Marry goes straight back to dark electronic breaks theme set against 'church bells ringing' synths. Get What You Gave is more like Not For Threes era Plaid, shuffly bouncy happy beats.
If you liked Double Figure you'll definately love this, absolutely NO dip in quality from Plaid whatsoever, in fact, if anything, they've bettered themselves here. Consistantly great album, lively and fresh!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its hard to put his...well ill have a go... 11 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I watched Roy jones jnr win a boxing match lastnight ,everybody knew he lost the fight easily but because he's roy jones the judges scored him to win....Kinda like Plaid im trying to convince myself that this album is good but the music ain't speaking to me , ive bought their records for so long now i don't like to knock'em ,In 1990 a record appeared in my local record shop called The virtual EP by Blackdog i bought it..Loved it and bought blackdog ever since ,the then trio split and formed a Duo "Plaid" was the result the other one kept the blackdog name but i avoid him he just hasn't got the musical skill of Ed & andy, ive bought all plaids albums..The problem ive got now is in the last couple of years ive been making music myself so now when i listen to the new album "Spokes" it is infact quite easy to produce tracks like this (i find it easy anyway) the hard part of making music is getting the mastering / dynamics right so it sounds good on everybodys sound systems..So i get rather disappointed when i don't hear any cool melodies in the mix that i grew to love from Plaid it all sounds rather deep electronic noodling with no substance , i was hoping i could get some inspiration for my next track by listening to "spokes" but it left me feeling empty....Plaid , boards of canada , deadly avenger and artists like these have always inspired my music..but i felt nothing here..If you want some cool melodies keep away , if you want dark electronic noodling try it out.sorry i don't like knocking Plaid there still one of my best artists and i will still buy the next album they release..I must point out i may grow to love this album it wouldn't be the first time im wrong...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plaid doing what they do best. 22 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ive been listening to Plaid for two years now and i could'nt wait for their new album spokes. This album is good as it is different from their last album double figure showing a progression in style. Some of the riffs are still really melodic but some of the backing beats and hats are harder with a more industrial feel. I think if you buy this album without listening to some of their previous releases it might take a few listens. The only negative thing i can say about it is that i think it too short,by at least one track and that is why i didnt give this album 5 stars. I do recomend this album and have to say that plaid know what smart electronic music is about.
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Like the ever increasing number of electronica albums that have a few gems set in a pool of random timewastage, this album throws up only a few gems...Zeal is a wonderful,eerie,powerful piece that pushes boundaries with real intelligence..it really takes you somewhere dark. A couple of other tracks offer much for repeated listening, given time they reveal more...unfortunately much of the album misses the mark and falls into the too challenging bracket, curse of much electronica these days. No development without struggle...this album represents only struggle...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experimental With Classic Plaid Techno 10 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Darker experimenatl beats, weirdness in the melody, blended with the sound of classic Plaid techno-tech-wizardry. A more experimental approach then previous Plaid albums. May not appeal on 1st listen, but after a few spins you'll discover really great passages throughout each track: melodies, rhythms, ambience, beats will all fall into place!...Excellent rewarding techno, just give it time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely familiar... 23 Feb 2004
By Epigone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
'Spokes', basically, is a good album. It's well paced, and in fact has some pretty memorable tracks - particularly the dark, eerie 'Zeal' and, my favourite, 'Upona'. If you don't really know much about Plaid, then this album basically captures the essence of their previous output, so in that sense it may be a good way in. It's basically on the more melodic side of Aphex Twin\Boards of Canada. But, on the other hand, if you're in any way fond of Plaid, while you'll probably like this, you may feel that the opportunity has been wasted. Many of the tracks sound almost like they've been lifted from previous albums. It's been said, but I'll say it again: Plaid don't seem to be going anywhere new, and that's a little disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its good...... but not Amazing
Simply: Buy this album if you fancy something a bit different. Tuneful? Yes, Energetic? Yes, Classic? MMm Nah.
Published on 15 Mar 2005 by J. Bushell
2.0 out of 5 stars This album is a bad buzz
I gladly own a lot of Plaid and Black Dog. The once visionary duo have i'm sad to say become average. You can no longer call it Intelligent Dance Music. Read more
Published on 29 July 2004 by jan williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet, buy it asap!!!
This album is a huge step forwards for Plaid - tracks like 'Marry' and 'Crumax Rins' are deeper, cleaner and more powerful than anything they've done before. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2004 by K. R. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't get it in an instant.
I'm the last person to give everything 5 stars and the first to give an album at least 3 listens before. But this is good stuff. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2003 by Matthew King
2.0 out of 5 stars Another disapointing record from this once innovative band
Plaid are regarded as one of the important acts of the original electronic scene, either through their work with Ken Downie as Black Dog, or as a duo, Ed Handley and Andy Turner... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2003 by B. Lasnier
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica album of the year
Plaid have produced their most complete work to date with Spokes and a definite candidate for album of the year. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2003 by Mr. Paul D. Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Frisky, but with a dark underbelly
Plaid return with an album that both returns them to their roots and takes a step into the territory that Autechre so elegantly dominate. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2003 by Stuart Ferris
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