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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2011
Residing from the fact I've just had great fun 'NO'ing all the poor reviews, and 'YES'ing all the positive reviews, I can't help but feel fascinated by this album and the music Underworld produced from this era.

It's beautifully 80's inspired, yet contains many of the elements you hear in the Underworld of the 90's and 00's. I agree though, this is nothing like latter-day Underworld, but it's representative of the decade it steered from. But it's horrifying to see so many reviewers are prepared to suggest that fans of Underworld SHOULDN'T be listening to this music?? If their earlier stuff isn't your cup of tea, then that's like suggesting not supporting a football club until they're in the premiership, or befriending someone until they're popular, but to completely dismiss this as unlistenable is scarily far from loyal. There are many loyal Underworld fans who may have not even heard this music, and to readily put down this music on a complete basis of their current genre is completely insane.

Beside from my rant, I have still yet to purchase this album, I have nonetheless listened to this album (or as much of it as possible) from the wonders that is YouTube and will definitely be purchasing this considering how cheap it is on Amazon!

A definite purchase for any Underworld fan out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2004
This is the Underworld Mark I line up - Alfie Thomas, Karl Hyde, Baz Allen, Rick Smith and Bryn Burrows - spawned from the "Freur" band after John Warwicker left. This is the first album (as Underworld) released in 1988 after the band signed with Sire and changed its name. The album failed to impact in the UK but maybe because it was ahead of its time. It's a bit glam rock/pop funk with a touch of lunacy but, up against mega 80's bands like Depeche Mode, it sort of sank without trace at the time. However, worth revisiting and stands the test of time rather well. Given the current pop climate, it's really quite up-to-date. Devoted fans already know this... Newer fans, familiar only with the band's techno sound, may be pleasantly surprised.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2010
So all reviews so far have been by post 'Change the Weather' Underworld fans which is the reason for all those one star ratings. What you have here is the first album Karl and Rick made after the wonderful Freur split. Whilst it's a long way from 'Born Slippy' etc, for an old Freur fan this album was amazing as it carried on their slightly weird electro pop and mixed it up with a more rockier sound. 'Show Some Emotion', 'Glory Glory' and 'Underneath the Radar' were all criminally ignored singles, although 'Radar' reached number one in Australia I believe. So if you are prepared to approach this with an open mind you could quite possibly find yourself rewarded but just remember this is nothing like the later Underworld although you can still hear traces of the earlier stuff on the likes of 'Hmmm Skyscraper I love You'. Somewhere there is a lost Underworld Mk 1 third album out there which I guess will remain lost bearing in mind the amazing success they had after this period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2012
The title track from this album was used in the Miami Vice episode "Hostile Takeover" (Celeste's birthday party scene) and I absolutely loved it from day one... finally decided to buy the album; and I love every track on that too. This album is currently being played to death in the car - especially the title track - it is great music to drive to with the windows down on a sunny day. Can't say that I like any of the later Underworld stuff, but this album really hits the spot!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2009
If you liked "dubnobasswithmyheadman" or any other subsequent works by Underworld, then you'd probably try to step back in time to get to the roots of the band. In this case, that would be an awful mistake you would regret for a long time. This album is really poor and has nothing in common with the finesse and intelligence of what has come next.
Just ignore it.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2009
Don't spoil your love of Underworld by checking this out this juvenilia - it is worse than you would imagine and will leave a bad taste.
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