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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0000073OM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meol
2. Extract
3. When Face Was Face
4. Fracture
5. Gatha
6. Ruby-Ha
7. Rupt
8. Vex
9. Cut
10. Utreat

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pandagas on 4 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in 1995 and hated it. Monotonous, boring, repetitive. 11 years later it is probably the Warp release I have listened to most. I can't explain why. It is one of the few records that transports me to that "other" place. I would describe the mood as akin to being trapped alone near a deserted Chernobyl office block, the only light coming from a flickering street lamp, you can see your breath against the cold air...

My favourite track is Cut, with its sub bass lines and eerie vocal.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "__j__" on 7 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well actually it shares top spot with two others. Anyway, there's nothing else like it, unfortunately (except for ch-vox which I believe consists of tracks which didn't make it onto this album). They allegedly play standard instruments (drums, bass, guitar, vox) but subject them to electronic trickery which means that they end up sounding more like the Aphex Twin's ambient stuff than Travis. Imagine the ghostly glow of street lamps on a misty winter's night.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Was it luck or genius? 5 Mar. 2001
By Stephen Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It remains a mystery where this breathtaking album came from. Earlier albums, like Quique, by English band Seefeel were good but not great. Later albums by leader Mark Clifford (as Disjecta or Sneakster) and by other Seefeel members (as Scala) do not seem to scale the heights.
Yet, on this one occasion in 1995, Mark Clifford mixed and arranged his wordless compositions into a monumental album of the 1990s. Succour sits in splendid musical isolation. There is very little that comes before it, although it briefly resembles a great English band of the 1980s (The Lines), and seemingly nothing that comes after it.
It is pointless to call this techno or ambient, although that's about where it comes from. We should love The Byrds because they were simply the best, not because they were good at folk-rock. Similarly, you have to put aside genres (and I'm no great techno fan) and love this album because it is simply the best.
Although Succour is the title, there is a very persistent feeling of anxiety and mourning in this music. Using dreamlike, skittering keyboards and ethereal vocals over insistently repetitive figures of percussion or chimes, Clifford builds weird soundscapes that are reminiscent of crossing a cold planetary plain (Meol), being marooned in a distant jungle landscape (Gatha), or crossing the Styx itself (When Face Was Face). Just once or twice (Ruby-Ha and Cut), the precious stone of love shines out through the planetary gloom.
You can't play this often and you can't play it at dinner parties. It almost seems to concentrate in one tiny point all the grief we feel in life. But you may feel a strange ecstasy when you get to the other side of Clifford's icy river of sound.
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blip<ssssshhh>scritch 13 Mar. 2002
By R. Lister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
lost gem is a bit of cliche, but I always felt baffled that this album appeared from nowhere, plopped into the meme pool of music almost without a ripple and sank from sight. Amazon don't even have a photo. (or didn't when I wrote this review in 2002!)

it's great - quiet, rhymic, engaging - the perfect companion piece to the icy soundscapes of Aphex Twin SAW1, but somehow with a warmer heart. All the sounds are sparse, mechanical and electronic, but there's an analog heart beating under the surface. Succour is alive with hums, tones and whistles, like the fuzz on an AM station, the tracks pop by and the album finishes too soon, again.

Obviously not destined to spawn hit singles (though it occasionally threatens to get distinctly funky), but it's a real nugget if you like BOC, Autechre, Aphex, Locust and other electronica poster boys.
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