No one can deny that Goldie has been an innovative, groundbreaking and influential figure in drum'n'bass. This album paints a complex image where the metallic, compressed beats are often just a backdrop to the ambient washes and soporific femine vocals. Goldie didn't set out to make a brash, dark jungle album, i believe he wanted to issue the general public with a taster of what the so called 'underground' artists have to offer, as many outsiders viewed the genre as anti-social, repetitive noise. (not a chance!). In doing so Goldie has forged a sound that is way ahead of it's time, even today.
Die-hard junglists will no doubt find some of the tracks such as 'adrift' and 'state of mind' a bit too far removed from the dark 93' stomper 'terminator', but in my opinion they just emphasise Goldie's musicality and Rob Playford's engineering expertise.
This album features some groundbreaking engineering, indeed, 'Inner City Life' is used as a demonstration tool by many electronics companies. Despite this attention to detail, there are various tracks which are filled with emotion and warmth such as 'You&Me'.It is worth buying if only for the revolutionary 'Timeless'ep,(included here in it's original format)aswell as the classics- 'Angel' and 'Kemistry'.
Don't miss out on this unique classic; it may just be the most important solo drum'n'bass of the nineties.