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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those of us still addicted to hi-fi....,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good but doesn't rock,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great EP,
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb CD by Burial,
5.0 out of 5 stars deep,
This review is from: Truant / Rough Sleeper (MP3 Download)if you like burial, then you wont be disapointed in this, the vocal samples the shuffling percussion the deep sonic bass , sparce urban gritty
5.0 out of 5 stars killer 21`st century soul music,
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burial's bid for the Christmas no. 1, allegedly,
"Truant" is two long tracks and around 25 minutes of music. It really needs to be heard loud to get the full benefit of it (bass). The sound is distinctively Burial but as with the previous EPs Street Halo [12" VINYL] and Kindred [VINYL], it's a gradual, rather than a radical progression.
Does it sound Christmassy? Well if you like the Christmas episode of "Eastenders" then it's Christmassy, otherwise - not. Both songs have a lot going on there. The second piece, "Rough Sleeper" in particular sounds like it could have an album's worth of ideas condensed into one, stop-start piece of music - and who knows, maybe it does - Cabaret Voltaire once did a similar thing with their "C.O.M.A." B-side, which turned out to be a mash-up of tracks from their then current LP The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, so why not?
I'm not joking about the Christmas no. 1 thing incidentally - there is an internet campaign. It would be good to see "Truant" get a high chart placing at Christmas, but I'm not sure about no. 1 - Burial would have to appear on Christmas Top of the Pops and we'd still have an hour of "Eastenders" to get through afterwards...
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between a rock and a hard place,
Truant/Rough Sleeper is like Kindred's twisted and mean stepsister and to a degree middle finger to these fanboys. And where do I base my claim. Both suites end in rough places. If the truth about these two is distilled in pure form in their last minutes, then we have something quite tough here, and to a certain degree it is justified to claim that what we have here is musical form given to the experiences which are hard and/or even displeasing.
In the case of "Truant" one has to start with a fact that there is a distinct technical innovation here. I now talk about how we have got used to Burial using silence and noise. Here the music is not interrupted by static vinyl crackle and hiss. Between the movement's sections there is an absolute gap of not any kind of static hissing, sound of rain, or burning cellophane type of silence. It is just this absolute "tape-not-filled-with-anything" type of silence. While listening to this mega-movement I counted four of these "full silences", one in 02.43, one in 03.48, one in 05.14 and one in 08.28.
The movement gives you a feeling of roaming from one city space to another, so in terms of how you perceive it, its title is fitting. But there is an extra twist to this sense of hanging around with this drifter and it comes from the use of these full silences. It's like hanging around with a guy who has a cam recorder. He turns it on and off and while it records you get a feeling for that particular space and mood for some clicks. In the beginning and middle section of the suite/movement there is this sense of progressive ease and freedom, but then suddenly after 08.28 it all goes sour.
The whole movement changes into this sinister dnb-spiked business. In terms of its transference of space and mood I would describe it as acoustically chaotic city-space accentuated by somewhat caustic musical references to "Fostercare" and "Wounder". Our truant obviously has not so happy past too.
As for these fanboys, I would like to see one of them look me in the eye and say for example section from for 10.43 to 11.09 is "pretty". If there is any beauty in it, it is because the harsh "living-in-the-presence" it expresses is true.
"Rough Sleeper" uses more conventional musical markers to express the experience of rough sleeping. It sort of has the same premise as Laurent Garnier's superb mix in disc 3 ("PBB late night mix")of his "Excess Luggage". They both have chill out moments, which lull the listener close to falling asleep/dream-state, but with the next moment this drowsy feeling is disturbed by musical elements, which are irritating, outlandish or plain veird.
Here also the movement ends in a rough place. The last minutes feel like dreaming when you're having fever, or trying to sleep on a cold pavement when your whole body is freezing. Yes fanboys, Burial's romantic music reveals such a beautiful world ;-)
If anything has become clear for me after this latest EP, it is this Burial guy should really get into collaborating with partners from the field of multimedia arts. He really has this unique ability to transpose to musical language some (urban) lived experiences. Excellence all the way.
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