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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure, uncut techno, 14 Jan 2003
This review is from: Unreasonable Behaviour (Audio CD)
Albums by top DJs are notoriously disappointing. Sasha just about pulls it off but Oakenfold fails miserably. Why listen to one person' production style and creativity throughout when you can get a (decent) mix CD by said DJ with contrasting styles and sounds?
The answer is that when done well, as in this case, its simply brilliant. This is in many ways an album built around a single concept, a strident synth pad that rise and falls sonorously, best exemplified on the "Sound of the Big Baboo." Yet somehow, through subtle modulations of his sound on every track, Monsieur Garnier ensures that it never gets boring and manages instead to create an ever changing but wholly coherent mood.
Unreasonable behaviour does not fall into that trap at all. This is an album of solid, brilliantly constructed techno, entirely free from divas or unseemly creative influences. This means that its totally devoid of crossover appeal but a real treat for fans of unpretentious electronic music. Garnier shows again and again just how redundant the whole concept of melody can be. Catchy pop this is not although the production is crystalline and near perfect.
The only partial exception to this is the superlative "Man with a Red Face" which gives the lie to the rule that you should never use a saxophone in dance music. Warm and funky without over getting overblown or bombastic, this is surely one of the best dance tracks of the decade.
Overall sheer brilliance, techno of the very highest order without a hint of cheese anywhere near the place.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the truly great albums., 17 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Unreasonable Behaviour (Audio CD)
It is satisfying to see that every other customer review is glowing in it's praise. Because albums like 'Unreasonable Behaviour' really just don't come around all that often.
This isn't your standard run-of-the-mill techno album with routine four-to-the-floor rythms and Detroitesque synths and bleeps. Garnier occasionally references these niches in this work, but the sound he has constructed here is far more wretched and dark, building on the masterpiece that was 'Le Voyage De Simone', the highlight of his previous album, the misfiring '13'.
There is nothing misfiring about 'Unreasonable Behaviour', however. His unique level of production on each and every track is thorough and detailed, with rippling layers of sonic filth, galvanised by mesmerising off-beat snares and kicks, tearing through the airwaves.
From the ultra-cool, jazz induced vibe of 'The Man With The Red Face', to the searing, pulsating doom of 'Dangerous Drive', and the twisted, smouldering beast that is 'The Sound Of The Big Babou' - the album's pinnacle - every single track feels like it has a purpose, an aesthetic. There is no impression of a lack of concept, or time. Everything belongs.
Whether you like techno or house, indie or abstract, whether you have even heard of Laurent Garnier or not, I implore you to consider buying this album. It transcends music, and it's sheer quality should entrance listeners who have never even heard anything like this before. One thing's for sure, you won't hear anything quite like it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of electronic music today, an instant-classic., 19 Feb 2000
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This review is from: Unreasonable Behaviour (Audio CD)
This record is really something. I've been a big fan of Laurent Garnier for years but this score comes from somewhere else.
It's nice to see that a DJ so famous can still do some good techno. Every track is an experience. I just love Forgotten thoughts and Dangerous drive.
Of course it's not mainstream music and if you don't already like that sort of music, this record won't change it.
Something great, something different, something inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreasonable Behaviour � Laurent Garnier., 18 Mar 2003
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Jorgen Deblauwe (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Unreasonable Behaviour (Audio CD)
Laurent Garnier is hardly a stranger for electronic music lovers. He's respected as a DJ and as a producer. He's also the boss of the label F-Communication.
Unreasonable Behaviour is his most recent and best album. The first track isn't really a song. It's like the title says a warning. City Sphere is jazzy house that tries to create the sphere of an industrial city in the future. Forgotten Thoughts is a very good electronic song, with a good drum pattern.
The next song of the album is, for me, the best. The Sound of the Babou is true classic. Not easy to listen to, but very intense. Another 'coup de theatre' is the jazzy The Man With The Red Face. With a great melody and sax. Greed is a very complex song, but a nice one. Dangerous Drive is together with The Man With the Red Face a song based for the dance floor.
Overall a very good album. Not easy to listen to, but very intense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer, 25 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Unreasonable Behaviour (Audio CD)
Garnier has covered several musical genres on this album, each with his own unique idiosyncratic style, punched into them. Sit back, Turn it Up and Enjoy the original French Tech-Funkster at his finest since Crispy Bacon.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F coms boss delivers a gem, 10 Oct 2003
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Laurent Gariner along with Ludovic Navarre aka St Germain, Shazz & The Youngstars are responsable for the Techno, Jazz & Deep House side of the french dance scene.
Mr Gariner has been producing and djing for a very very long time now. As his past albums have shown us you still don't know what to expect. This has to be my Fav artist album he has done as there is something for everyone a bit of Techno, Jazz-Tech and that unique Gariner Electro sound.
if you've bought any stuff on the F Communications for which Laurent is the boss or stuff by Ludovic Navarre (St Germain), Shazz, The youngstars then you will love this.
Most people think that Techno is boring and just goes boom boom boom! well guess again and buy this and let Mr Gariner open your mind!
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