I have sort of lost touch with the Orb in recent years, having big a huge fan in my student days (required listening if you were a student in the early to mid 90's) and the last album I really liked and listened to repeatedly was Orblivion. I did buy Cydonia, Bicycles and Tricycles and the various compilations (Badorb.com, Auntie Aubrey's Excursions... 1 & 2), but barely listened to them and I haven't bothered with the last couple of albums, Okie Dokie and the Orbsessions CD's.
However, I downloaded this due to it's glowing reviews, loved what I heard and promptly went out and bought a copy. An interesting point for those who says downloading is evil - it was only through downloading this first that I bought it! Ironic?
Getting to the point, this is a remarkably consistent album, harking back to early-era Orb indeed, but with enough new stuff to be fresh. Eerie, quirky and well-used samples, gorgeous basslines and great vocals, there is a good balance between outright ambient and more upbeat, commercial-sounding songs, much more so than the last few albums, as mentioned above.
I can't believe no-one has mentioned the input of Tim Bran in the other reviews, there is 360 degrees-era Dreadzone all over this CD, from the dub basslines to the samples of film dialogue throughout. Before obtaining the CD itself and reading the credits, I was quite perturbed that Alex Patterson had so blatantly copied the style and feel of that awesome album on some of the tracks here! Then it all made sense... A great partnership, though knowing the Orb, the next album will be with some other, completely different collaborators.