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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real House
House music. Its just a load of bass drums and one note bass lines isn't it? Perhaps some blonde binty screaming about Pretty Green Eyes over the top of it if you're lucky. Well, that's what you'd be lead to believe. If someone came along to you and peddled the concept of a house album constructed using samples of food cooking, kitchen utensils and general samples of the...
Published on 7 Sep 2005 by Simon J. Whight

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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too far - not clever
This is terrible! I think Mr Herbert has travelled too far up his own rear end to realise that this is no more a political statement than a student submitting 'why?' in a philosophy exam. Herbert is very clever musically and I share his views (somehow expressed on this album). However, I felt a wee bit annoyed at having bought this album expecting some kind of melody...
Published on 16 Aug 2005


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real House, 7 Sep 2005
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Plat De Jour (Audio CD)
House music. Its just a load of bass drums and one note bass lines isn't it? Perhaps some blonde binty screaming about Pretty Green Eyes over the top of it if you're lucky. Well, that's what you'd be lead to believe. If someone came along to you and peddled the concept of a house album constructed using samples of food cooking, kitchen utensils and general samples of the animals used in cooking, you'd think they were mad. Unachievable. Unthinkable.
Not Herbert. To him, that's a concept to sink your teeth into. For me, this is a man who kickstarted the entire glitchy mistake house ideology. Have you ever bumped into a radiator round your house and thought 'Hey, that'd make an interesting sounding hihat' or mused over the possibilities of using the sound of tenderizing meat as a viable bass drum? Mr Herbert obviously has. Not restricted by the limitations that a virtual synth has to offer, the entire world is his toy. Now, on paper, an album that has (amongst its various delights) an interlude based around the noise of cooking bacon may sound like a potential novelty mess. It doesn't. Herbert has a reputation of a crafter of fine deep house music, Plat Du Jour is a proper musical delight. Melodic, creative, gritty yet never succumbing to 'Look at me! I'm using a sausage as a snare drum!' obviously novelty cliches. Think of the way Coldcut laid the plans for this kind of music by creating the very 'Green' Timber, a track made entirely of samples of deforestation provided to them by Greenpeace. Plat Du Jour is as musical and innovative as any of the latest IDM offerings from Warp, in fact I like the idea that its more of an anti-IDM concept by moving to the opposite end of the musical spectrum ... away from the mechanics and towards the organics. Hell, you even get a stonking stand out vocal cut in there, chanting 'Go Gordon! Go Ramsey! Go David! Go Victoria!' with more grit and funk than you could shake a large Basement Jaxx sized stick at. Quirky and unique.
In a market that's becoming dominated by bland-as-you-like, ever so earnest guitar wielding singer/songwriters who, if you heard them playing in a pub/London Underground station, you probably wouldn't give a flying fug about, this is like having a breath of fresh air blown into a musty guff ridden public loo. Relief.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely original, 8 Aug 2005
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D. R. King (Derby, England) - See all my reviews
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This album is the complete package. A brilliant idea, fantastic music and informative packaging and links to future avenues. Firstly the concept is fantastic. All the tracks are very well worked critiques of the modern food industry, supermarkets and the cultures which accompany them. For instance "the truncated life of a modern industrialised chicken" or "celebrity" which is a track entirely made up for food endorsed by celebrities of tied to its marketing strategy. Using his PCCOM rules Herbert uses the food, from organic free range eggs to a recreation of the meal that nigella Lawson cooked for george bush when he came to Britain to thank tony blair for his support during the iraq war. As ever he takes these everyday objects and makes music out of them. However, what is really the making of this album is the sleeve notes. They are really details, he goes to the trouble of listing all the ingredients in our processed food, which make up the instruments for his music and then mixing it with really interesting political ideas. For instance of the song about branded water he asks "how about we turn off public ornamental fountains until the rest of the world has clean drinking water and sanitation". A great idea!
In times when it is said (wrongly) that there is no politics in music Matthew Herbert shows us that there is, but it is not in the big political institutions but in our everyday lives as consumers where we can make a difference. Buy this album and engage in a new way about the world we live in.
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too far - not clever, 16 Aug 2005
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This is terrible! I think Mr Herbert has travelled too far up his own rear end to realise that this is no more a political statement than a student submitting 'why?' in a philosophy exam. Herbert is very clever musically and I share his views (somehow expressed on this album). However, I felt a wee bit annoyed at having bought this album expecting some kind of melody (or anything to relate to at all) as in previous albums. If you want some education on this issue then buy No Logo by Naomi Klein. Why wasn't this released as Dr Rockitt?
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