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Strange Cargo: Hinterland

William Orbit, Strange Cargo Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: N-Gram Recordings
  • ASIN: B00000745Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In addition to its sideways move onto his own N- Gram imprint, the fourth in William Orbit's outings as Strange Cargo also enjoyed a moniker adjustment - the numerals replaced with a title and the series umbrella becoming the artist name. Although the slow motion dub low end and crunching breaks, which have characterised the series to date, are still evident, this slight re-branding has the effect of lending a further weight to the project with Hinterland sounding much more like an artist album than its forebears. The ethnic touches that quickly dated Strange Cargo III have been lost to a more cinematic approach well suited to the spacious soundscapes and crystal clear production of the material, "Montok Point" in fact picked up for the soundtrack of Val Kilmer movie Red Planet. Beth Orton features again in the creaking breaks and foggy guitar strikes of "She Cries Your Name" while fans of the ambient elements of Orbit's work will be more than satisfied by the trio of tracks which provide a gentle close to an enjoyable album. -- Kingsley Marshall

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional - What more can I say! 19 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtedly the best of William Orbit's fantastically palatable ambient music. It features (like Strange Cargo III) the dulcet tones of the lovely Beth Orton and is more imaginative, creative and entrancing than Orbit's previous work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 31 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to decide which is better, Strange Cargo III or this latest offering by William Orbit. I strongly suggest you buy both. Strange Cargo and Strange Cargo II, are also both worth a listen but if you don't already own them, I would suggest just buying his 'Very Best Of' Album instead, as his latest albums are far better. I bought Strange Cargo Hinterland (along with S.C. III) while at Uni and they are both still amongst my favourites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever. 29 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Good and unique are two words that drift to mind. The clever combination of high-pitched, good feeling sounds with some, not-too-loud big beat bass and swishy vocals is.. well, clever. Good album to chill out too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth In The Series, or first ? 18 Feb 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is really the fourth in the series from William Orbit. The artiste's own name has been removed and replaced with the Strange Cargo label. This co-incided with the birth of the N-Gram label that saw William Orbit release Albums by Torch Song and Caroline Lavelle. A fourth Album was due for release but was removed from the shelf on it's first day of sale due to Copyright problems. It has taken around 4 years and the final album from the label has just been released - pieces in a modern style. For those of us lucky enough prior to the album releases a four track sampler was distributed giving a taster of one song from each album. This album shows how far Orbit has moved since the first Strange Cargo, he even manages to improve uppon the excellent third album and the glorious 'Water from a vine leaf'
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying this album. 16 Jan 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I have been a big fan of William Orbit since back in my university days, I would say that this is his best album release, probably only the first in the Strange Cargo series comes close.
I have come back to this album so many times, there really are no particularly bad tracks at all although Montok Point is probably worth skipping past. It is full of some wonderfully haunting sounds and great guitar work (particularly on El Ninjo - my favourite track by far).
I guess this does fit in under the general 'Chill Out' category but putting this work into the context of when it was released, it is a really original piece of work.
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