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Work & Non Work [CD]

Broadcast Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B000024RLU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Accidentals
2. The Book Lovers
3. Message From Home
4. Phantom
5. We've Got Time
6. Living Room
7. According To No Plan
8. The World Backwards
9. Lights Out

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 1 May 2011
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Well, I certainly don't agree with those reviewers who think that this mini-album is inferior to the later ones. I love all Broadcast's songs, but it is this album that first put Broadcast on the map and made me think: "Wow, now that is good!".

Actually, this album in particular contains the purest essence of the Broadcast style - a kind of cool, trippy, 60s film noir soundtrack. It's a bit less poppy than their later, no-less-excellent output. But nothing wrong with that. I love these slow and mesmerising tracks.

I was shocked to learn that Broadcast's singer Trish Keenan died from swine flu earlier this year. This sad news reminded me of all the pleasure I had got over the years from listening to her remarkable voice. And it all began with "Work and Non-Work", a masterpiece that I will always consider one of my happiest musical finds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to drift off to 3.5 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Somehow, this album reminds me of St Etienne... perhaps solely because of the pretty female vocals (sorry to hear that she passed away). I would say that this album is more minimal, lazier than the others, though with some lovely strange sounds dotted liberally throughout. The absolute highlight for me is the wonderful `Lights Out' - a wonderfully slow, strange, beautiful, evocative, drifty track - straight into my favourites - worth buying for this alone, I feel! I don't want to repeat what others have said, but agree that it has a generally melancholic feel, mildly eerie in parts, poppy at times, with shifting sounds and tempo, but nothing too way out, and, because there isn't a single dud track, a completely listenable, atmospheric ensemble, though not up there with some of their other works (if, like me, you prefer stranger, more psychedelic stuff, then try out their masterpiece collaborative album `Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio' which is among the best weird, dreamy music ever).
The Tracks Are:
1) Accidents 3.28
2) The Book Lovers 4.49
3) Message From Home 4.59
4) Phantom 3.32
5) We've Got Time 4.13
6) Living Room 3.27
7) According To No Plan 3.08
8) The World Backwards 4.00
9)Lights Out 4.32
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works and non-works 12 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Broadcast's blend of indie-rock, trip-hop, jazz and experimental are what make this melodic little band so appealing. Unfortunately "Work and Non-Work," a collection of early singles, is not so good, relying too heavily on electronic blips and washes and too little on the experimental indiepop.
It opens with the wavery "Accidentals," an eerie ballad that sounds like it was sung underwater, followed by a pair of sound-alike songs, one guitar-led and one almost purely electronic, but possessing a lot of the same beats. The experimental edge gets stronger in songs like the watery "Phantom," and distractingly noisy "We've Got Time."
An indie-rock edge reenters with "Living Room," which hints at the sound Broadcast would end up embracing -- a solid guitar and percussion, overlaid with delicate sound effects. So does "According to No Plan," a funereal trip-hop song. It ends on a note that led up to their more accomplished full-length albums, with the mellow, jazzy-poppy "Lights Out."
Broadcast can be forgiven for not getting into their best sound immediately. They weren't sure what they were going to play, especially if they wanted to be huge -- electronica is a tricky area. For every Stereolab, you have dozens of trippy bands that don't know how to weave their sound together. Fortunately Broadcast steady themselves on the last half of this collection.
Their watery sound is a bit reminiscent of Aspera, or maybe Stereolab on some serious sedatives, but the songs are too loose-knit to be as good. They seem to throw in too many sound effects that aren't necessary -- they're just THERE, hovering over the main melody. Lots of keyboard, of course. And while the guitar is overshadowed by the keyboard in "Book Lovers," it does have plenty of skill to it.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmm 15 Feb 2000
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Format:Audio CD
a lo-fi sound generated by wurltizers and unconventional acoustic instruments mixed with haunting female vocals generates atmosphere and eccentricity which we can only admire and encourage.. unfortunately it can feel a little samey to some. two of my favourite tracks are accidentals and the booklovers. the latter which appears in Austin powers soundtrack. i can't say anything else about this album except that it stands out and can improve any cd collection/
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