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4.0 out of 5 stars Usual MBM eclectic mix - doesn't disappoint (or really excite), 9 May 2008
M. B. Wilson "crushtrash" (Bristol) - See all my reviews
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Due to the initial delays of UK Release this review refers to the Import version I have, which may differ slightly (the Import has the 14 listed tracks). The Planet Mu taster remix 12" (Lonely Soldier/Guns & Lovers/Hellfire)indicated some slower tracks on this release, and overall the feel is slightly more laid-back than some MBM material. Lynn Farmer's pristine live drumming melds perfectly with Jack's percussive programming, and trademark basslines and bleeps, but melodic content is far less here than on his previous "At The Centre" offering. Percussion and loops abound, with some interesting vocal samples and a couple of rap collaborations ("Young Cassius" is particularly strong with it's catchy "Tip of the tongue" rapid-fire repeat chorus). A thoughtful, yet more traditional in some ways, release from Jack and co. Fold-out artwork does the biz too, you won't find any credits to spoil the images as they are under the clear disc tray! Not really classic MBM, but a maturer MBM perhaps - so something for all die-hard fans here (though unlikely to attract any new ones). A worthy 4/5.
Addendum: The UK Planet Mu release only has 10 tracks, being: 1) I Hold The Mic!, 2) Children of Earth 3)House of Unique Stink (w Dubloner) 4)Live and Direct (live) 5) Less 6) Lonely Soldier 7) Spanish Vocoder 8) Return To Bass 9) Guns'n'Lovers 10) Hellfire (remix). Artwork is inferior quality insert, and although it is more concise (51 mins as opposed to 65) it doesn't necessarily result in a better listen. Some of the dropped US tracks were strong (Young Cassius, Solid Waste with it's Dangers political vocal) and the UK-only tracks (3,4 and 10) are less fierce/creative. However if you are a real fan you will need both versions, and it's good that Planet Mu have given any MBM material a full UK release (plus the 12" of different versions).
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