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Subhuman [Special Edition]

Recoil Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000PTYPMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prey
2. Allelujah
3. 5000 Years
4. The Killing Ground
5. Intruders
6. 99 to Life
7. Backslider
Disc: 2
1. Bonus DVD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor's New Album 30 July 2007
By Lab Rat
Format:Audio CD
This album is strong lyrically and musically but it feels far too much like a musician's album than an album for the masses. A lot of people are going to like that and I hope it reaps the critical praise it deserves but a lot of people are not. It has a grim feel and could easily be the soundtrack to a trip through death row.
On a practical note, for those of you trying to access the music videos for Shunt and Electro Blues for Bukka White these are, indeed, an Easter Egg. You have to watch the previous promos in one sitting then you will receive your visual reward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars backslider 15 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
2007 was a funny year for music. at a time when i am sadly less adventurous than before numerous artists from whom i was expecting great things released new material. the results ranged from disastrous (biffy clyro! what the hell happened to you???) to sublime (ulrich schnauss and oceansize scrapping it out for 'album of the year', 'goodbye' winningndue to one oceansize track - savant - floundering under its own strings)
somewhere in the middle lies alan wilder with this effort, six years after the brilliant 'liquid'. i have to admit on first listen i was fairly nonplussed, 'prey' easily being the best track. it has taken numerous listens to get into it, and i can't help feeling that some of teh tracks should have been shortened while some of the tracks take a long time to build only to never realy kick off
there is no doubt that alan is an accomplished musician; the attention to detail that has gone into the tracks is awesome, discovering new depths at each time. and clues to this album's direction were there in previous recoil efforts like 'electric blues for bukka white' or 'jezebel'. do not get me wrong, this is a decent album, i was just expecting more.
this year sees new releases from cog and meat beat manifesto, jack dangers being the closest to mr wilder out there today. if you enjoyed this album you may want to check the latter out. will give it 3.5 stars, gonna have to round down, even though i don't think i've finished with this album by a long chalk
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If Alan had come up with another album as good as Unsound Methods or Liquid, I would have been more than happy, but instead he's managed to top that mighty pair.

'subHuman' breathes the blues, whilst still staying within the electronica framework AW does so well... The results are stunning, as bluesman Joe Richardson brings a richness to the dark scenarios Recoil fans all love so much. Nor should the contributions of 'second' vocalist Carla Trevaskis be overlooked, providing as she does a seductively beautiful contrast to Richardson's blues wail. This isn't Nick Cave, however, so there's nothing in the way of traditional song structures. What there is is atmosphere by the bucket-load. There are tunes, and there is rhythm, but, as with its predecessors, this album is primarily about feel and texture.

Whilst the album is 'dark' in tone, it's about life, and experience. Death is here, but the work breathes and rages...

The heart of the album is probably 'The Killing Ground', and not only because it sits right dead centre. All of the album flows from this core...

'99 to Life' is, arguably, the most accessible track...

The DVD extra has an excellent 'surround mix' of the album, as well as a stereo mix of 'subHuman reduction', an ambient mix of the entire album and a handful of video clips.

Highly recommended to all who value musical skill and imagination...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning....A real step forward of Recoil 16 July 2007
By Sith
Format:Audio CD
This is a real step forward (much better than Liquid). The sound creative of this album is far beyond 'Playing the angel' though i didn't really want to compare with DM but it makes me curious what if DM would sound like if Alan still in the band. Listen to it from start to finish is a real stunning exprerience. One of the best album for year 2007 without a doubt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning....A real step forward of Recoil 16 July 2007
By Sith
Format:Audio CD
This is a real step forward (much better than Liquid). The sound creative of this album is far beyond 'Playing the angel' though i didn't really want to compare with DM but it makes me curious what if DM would sound like if Alan still in the band. Listen to it from start to finish is a real stunning exprerience. One of the best album for year 2007 without a doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult at first - but worth persevering with. 14 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alan Wilder's Recoil work has always seemed a little uncomfortable for fans, as there were invariably sonic nods back to Mode, albeit with a far more mature and considered approach. His albums, though not always consistent, always lure the listener into a soundscape which has to be heard from start to end to be fully appreciated. "Subhuman" is no exception - although the prospect of listening to tracks that are mainly around the 7-8 minute mark may seem a daunting one. Usually the songs are around 5 minutes, with dramatic intro/outro and transitions making up the rest of the time, and he combines loops and orchestral sounds expertly, if very darkly. Restricting the vocal pallette to two singers, of such deep and contrasting styles, works well, but there are no strong hooks here. Highlights are "Intruders", "Allelujah" and "Prey(Pray)", although there are no really weak tracks here. It is not an easy listen, even after several sittings (listen to it loud or through decent headphones, don't just dip in lightly!).

The DVD on the special edition has some nice (seem to be remastered) videos from Faith-Healer era (never saw it at the time so a nice bonus), although the two 'bonus' videos are sports-themed art reels - watchable but not relevant to the music atall. As per other reviews to access these simply play the other Videos and they then appear at the end of the revised Menu (more accessible than some easter-eggs, I'm glad to say).

Overall some shorter songs might've lifted this rating up to 5 stars, but it is a worthy 4 :-).
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