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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 22 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Anthology 1992 - 2002 (Audio CD)
If Underworld were a film, they'd be Raging Bull. All their album packages are sparse and widescreen, every tune has a beautifully choreographed, bloody-nosed aggression, each beat is perfectly directed to inflict maximum impact. And even when Emerson and Smith are taking a break from hammering you to a pulp, Karl Hyde is ringside, trash-talking about going back to Romford, loving skyscrapers and, of course, lager, lager, lager.
And if Underworld are Raging Bull, then 1992-2002 is the director's cut: The record contains all the forgotten blood and gore, laid out in graphic detail, plotting the band's history with aplomb. And as a sixteen-track double album, with every tune weighing in at around the ten-minute mark, the techno pioneers' retrospective is quite an outing in itself.
However, with such length and relentless pounding, 1992-2002 is dangerously close to becoming too rich even for the most heavyweight fan. Instead it survives, its perfect pace never allowing the listener to become immune to the group's trademark unrelenting thump. Just when the bang starts becoming too much, 8 Ball, Pearl's Girl or the dreamy opening to Mmm Skyscraper steps in with a few seconds of calm, allowing just enough time to draw breath before the bell goes for the next round.
Of course, everybody knows Born Slippy, and for good reason. It's not only as synonymous with 90s dance culture as Keith Flint's mohican, but also happens to be one of the greatest electronic records of all time. Along with Common People and Smells Like Teen Spirit, the disjointed rant about all things "geezer" manages the near-impossible feat of combining sheer brilliance and massive popularity. However, aside from the inimitable opening chords to Underworld's biggest hit, the other gems on 1992-2002 are satisfyingly hidden; it's only ten minutes into Spikee that the guitar riff kicks in, and suddenly the music from On The Ball appears from nowhere. Then there's Rez... wasn't that Jo Whiley's backing music? Indeed.
1992-2002 is a refreshing compilation, too. Preferring to pick a true retrospective path rather than a singles-based one favoured by most, the set bristles with sense of careful construction; work has obviously gone into making this record stand up for itself.
Like Bjork's Greatest Hits release of last year, 1992-2002 is a rare thing: a Best Of package which commands attention throughout, educates, and refuses to pander to a market obsessed with chart success. Put simply, 1992-2002 is as essential a purchase as your next meal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say?, 26 Feb 2004
This review is from: Anthology 1992 - 2002 (Audio CD)
What can you say about this band? If they weren't remembered for anything else, they would be remembered for the "Lager, lager, lager, lager..." of 'Born Slippy'. However, that is far from the best track on this compilation.
You get pretty good value here, as there are two CD's, but not that many tracks as most of them clock in at about 10 minutes. None of your 3 minutes pop songs for these guys, just a good solid techno track from beginning to end.
From 'dubnobasswithmyheadman' there are some great tracks to start this album, like the excellent 'Dark and Long', but there are a few early singles thrown in, like 'Big Mouth', with its distinctive harmonica riff.
Each album is treated fairly, with at least one track from each making an appearance. A great introduction to Underworld.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT, 17 Jan 2004
This review is from: Anthology 1992 - 2002 (Audio CD)
I've always liked Underworld, but not in any sort of committed way. Then I went to see them at Somerset House in London in summer 2003. I went on the Saturday, and they were so good, I went back on the Sunday. This album is pretty much that gig, with a fantastic selection of dance tracks. If you get the chance to see them live, just go - you will dance you ass off all night. Simple as that. Totally absorbing, totally original, they copy no-one, they are totally unique and I hope they keep going for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10yrs of underworld, surely not !, 19 Oct 2003
This review is from: Anthology 1992 - 2002 (Audio CD)
It is hard to believe that time can travel so fast, one minute your purchasing dubnobasswithmyheadman way back , early 1990's, next your pre ordering the anthology 1992 - 2002. it seems so hard to believe that underworld have been around for ten years. When you listen to their music though you realise why , it's timeless, you can take any song from anthology and it seems modern and current, not many cds or band can succeed with such quality. classic tunes as born slippy and k.o.s make it what it is though but so do the forgotten tracks ie pearls girl and cowgirl. This album is the ultimate best of to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this even if you have all the albums, 25 Jan 2005
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This review is from: Anthology 1992 - 2002 (Audio CD)
If you have everything from 'Dubno..' through to 'Everything..'don't think of not getting this. Included here are some of Underworld's best material that never made it onto the albums. Not just 'Born slippy' but also 'Spikee', 'Big mouth' and '8 ball'. Most of the great tracks are here but I would've included 'Juanita' instead of 'Moaner' and 'King of snake' which are perhaps the weakest tracks here. Good to see that their other finest moments are included namely 'Dark and long', 'Cowgirl' and 'Skyscraper I love you' even though they are on 'Dubno..' It's just great to have all the best stuff on one album. For even a casual fan of the 90s techno scene this is an essential album from the best 'dance' act of the 90s.
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