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Not the best by Burial (let alone of the year!), but there are some moments
on 8 November 2007
Normally I'd be the first to big up another dark, minimalist dub step offering brimming with new angles and ideas to move the scene on this. But I have to say people this ain't it. After listening intensely on my system ,and with my cans on many many times this album continues to underwhelm, and as for playing any of these out there's not much going on. This fails to live up to any of the hype. But then how could it not when as somebody else has mentioned you've got middle brow music journos proclaiming it as a classic of 'Blue Lines' proportions.
Don't be fooled, this is not even an album as such. It's a collection of tracks from 2001-2006 and it shows. The quality varies wildly. To my ears there are only a couple of stand out tracks warranting instant forwards (!), namely the urgent broken dub of 'Southern Comfort', 'U Hurt Me' and the mesmiring and haunting 'Gutted' and my fave 'Broken Home'. But on the other side these are outnumbered by tracks like 'Spaceape featuring Spaceape that sounds a bad demo from Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Naked' album!
If you're hunting for a dubstep album on Amazon then you're probably new to this sound and there's nothing wrong with that, but do yourself a favour and try Burial's second album 'Untrue', Pinch's 'Underwater Dancehall' and of course Skream's mighty album 'Skream' (THAT is the 'Blue lines for the genre) or my fave Benga's 'New Step'. All will take you somewhere new and exciting. Compilation wise, don't sleep on the 'Dub Plate Drama 2'or Soul Jazz's' Box of Dub' albums if you're new to the scene, or you could dive straight into the Dubstep Allstars compilations if you're head strong;-)
Hope this honest review is useful. Enjoy.