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Drum & bass ruins otherwise good album
on 10 July 2011
Ninja Tune have been putting out consistently excellent music over the past 15 years or so. It's the kind of record label that is more or less a guarantee of quality and consistency. I was surprised to find recently that Amon Tobin is their biggest selling artist, so I thought I'd start at the beginning with him and work my way forward. Perhaps a mistake, as this 1997 album is peppered thoughout with the irksome clattering of drum & bass, which for me ruins every track it appears on (and it's most of them...). I always thought drum & bass to be the least entertaining genre to emerge from the fag-end of the 90's dance boom. Where Tobin takes his finger off the D&B button, there's some more musical - and very enjoyable- material here, but as an album, it's not for me. So, a warning: Tobin is not quite typical of other Ninja Tune artists. If you like Drum & Bass, you may well like it - otherwise not!