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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd epic from Underworld, 3rd slice of quality ...
Don't be put off by the reviews before this! This is a good Underworld album. In fact, its a very good Underworld album. What it isn't is a natural progression from the dark electronic mood of Second Toughest In The Infants. This is where Underworld excel, they evolve their sound, move with the times, sure they could churn out Underworld-by-numbers tracks to keep the...
Published on 8 Oct 2003 by Simon J. Whight

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Talented Underworld made one their worst efforts here, in my opinion, even though three stars hardly signifies a bad product. Even when they don't deliver, Underworld is still better than many.

'Beaucoup Fish' is an interesting, but not arresting album to my ears, and the whole affair never really seems to come together. If you are about to get into Underworld,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd epic from Underworld, 3rd slice of quality ..., 8 Oct 2003
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
Don't be put off by the reviews before this! This is a good Underworld album. In fact, its a very good Underworld album. What it isn't is a natural progression from the dark electronic mood of Second Toughest In The Infants. This is where Underworld excel, they evolve their sound, move with the times, sure they could churn out Underworld-by-numbers tracks to keep the masses happy but wheres the fun in that? Its the difference between Underworld being the Oasis of the dance world, or the Radiohead of the dance world. Experimentation.
Cups opens up the album, with its Todd Terry-esque New York House beats, soulful bluesy vocals from Karl and deep hypnotic bassline. Its one of the best Underworld tracks you can get, gently building over the 10 minute track. Towards the end, the tempo rises and harsh synths and breakbeats lead you into Push Upstairs, a bangy techno track with short stabbing pianos. Jumbo is the next track up, absolutely sublime. Light in mood, Karl sings gently over the top. The bassline bounces along and the way the track fades away leaving extatic twinkling synths at the end is fooking class. Shudder/King Of Snake fires back into storming techno mode, a twisted techdisco number with Donna Summer's I Feel Love bassline used to great effect. Winjer and Skym see Underworld take a more chilled, melancholic stance, similar to something like Stagger from Second Toughest. Bruce Lee is a catchy little number, more indie-ish in nature, funky little guitar stabs with Karl rambling over the top in his usual style. Kittens heads back to dancefloor material, military drums pounding away. A track that builds and builds and builds. Captures the feel of 'Live' Underworld. Push Downstairs takes the vocals from the Upstairs version and sticks them over a chilled Winjer/Skym style backing, a nice take and an interesting way of portraying two ways a track can be done. Something Like A Mama marries frantic breaks with a simple guitar loop and chilled synth pads, pacey yet relaxing and deep at the same time. Moaner (from the Batman & Robin) movie finishes the album off. Pure and simple techno, nasty harsh twisted acid lines, thunderous beats and Karl chanting "shes on the phone again, shes calling from America, shes calling from America" ... a real moaner! A nice gentle breakdown with twinkling bells provides a good contrast in the track.
So, perhaps not as coherant in style as Second Toughest ... perhaps due to the imminent parting of ways that Underworld were to have. Still, from my perspective, no drop in quality. Tracks like Cups, Jumbo, King Of Snake, Kittens really shine out. Also, this album featured some top remix packages, do try and search out the Cups and Bruce Lee mixes ... some of the best you'll hear. NOT quite as good as Second Toughest but not the absolute drop in quality that the picture has been painted on these reviews so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underworld at their best, 4 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
This album is a great follow up to Second Toughest in the Infants, and easily one of the greatest dance albums ever produced, up there with Leftism. Like Underworld's previous albums, it's a good mix of styles. As with Banstyle/Sappys Curry on their last album, sometimes in the same track (Cups), and with Jumbo, has one of the most relaxing and uplifting songs in quite sometime. Other stand out tracks include Kittens; which is a track in the style of Pearl's Girl(Tin There), and the superbly hypnotic Something Like a Mama. The only real letdowns are the rather sparse Skym, and the overcrowded Moaner. On the whole though, a class album by a class act.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where do I begin?, 11 April 2000
This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
I have been singing the praises of Underworld in my corner of Michigan since the release of Dubnobasswithmyheadman, and I'm so glad to see this is just as good (if not better)! This CD goes everywhere with me, especially on the hour trek to work every day. "Kittens" is better than coffee, and when "King of Snake" is on, I have to make sure the cruise is set (Don't want any tickets!) I can't recommend this highly enough and eagerly await their next effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a more polished and directional album, 13 Jan 2000
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Since hearing the mighty rez many years ago, I have been some what of a fan of messers Hyde, Smith and Emmerson. My impression of their latest album is one of powerful emotion and it is clear that they have not lost their edge. Opening with the funky night crawler 'cups', the mood shifts quickly to more familiar territory with pounding and devastating 'push upstairs'. 'Jumbo' seems to me to be a rival to that all out classic 'Halcyon' by Orbital where as the track to follow harks back to underworld and earlier techno tracks of years gone by. Other stand alone tracks are 'kittens', the delectable 'push downstairs' which it would seem could sooth any comedown into oblivion and of course the mighty 'moaner'. This album WILL be hailed as superb in the future, it just needs a little time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Fish, 26 Feb 2010
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David Connolly (Dublin) - See all my reviews
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Out of the entire Underworld catalogue this is the one that I always fall back on. My only gripe with the album is the inclusion of Moaner. Would also recommend the Pearls Girl EP (11 Track Version) as additional Underworld listening pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jumbo, 31 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
Jumbo is withut doubt the best dance track ever written. You can just soak up the influnces as you listen and imagine how this record will reappear, referenced in future dance tracks in 2050. It builds and builds to an orgasmic middle section, that is so beautiful, just sublime listening, that every time I hear it, I'm transported. Buy the album to experience the best mix of Jumbo. The album version is without doubt better than any of the the mixes on 12" singles. Although very clever, the 12" singles never really re-capture the beauty, intensity and structural elegance of the album track, ( apart from just one short jazz funk segment of Jumbo on one single, you know the mix I mean, if you're a fan!)So if you collect dance, buy it now and let Jumbo blow you away all over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL / UNIQUE AND TOP 90's UNDERGROUND SOUND, 21 Jan 2014
This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
I love it myself as these guys are not only really original but also very direct with their tough and melodic sounds. The album has lovely vocals and slips nicely between solid house with an acid touch to twisted down tempo sounds.

It will go well with my most played after party after hours cd's.

Best of British dance music production!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of electronic music. An absolute classic must have., 10 Dec 2013
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Poontango (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
My title says it all really. Perhaps that I've not written any reviews for music on amazon before says it even more. I felt obliged when I saw this album only has a 4* average. This is the kind of album I will be listening to for the rest of my life! an absolute keeper. Kittens, Jumbo, Bruce Lee, every track is a hit and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a beat and/or electronic music. If you're new to Underworld and not sure which album to start with, get this! Such a nice variety of sounds, it flies through genre's like a roller-coaster of music that's come off the rails and grown wings. Great lyrics, samples, loops and progressive tracks. For me, a lover of music from classical to metal, drone to 80's pop, this is one of my all time top 10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MIxed bag, 5 Oct 2013
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Torben Madsen (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Talented Underworld made one their worst efforts here, in my opinion, even though three stars hardly signifies a bad product. Even when they don't deliver, Underworld is still better than many.

'Beaucoup Fish' is an interesting, but not arresting album to my ears, and the whole affair never really seems to come together. If you are about to get into Underworld, I would not start here, but at the very beginning instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 30 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Beaucoup Fish [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Spent 2 years looking for a copy. Found it...love it. Now all i need to do is find vinyl copies of all the other albums!
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