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This review is from: UFOrb (Audio CD)
There are some albums that you know from the first listen are going to be favourites for life and this is what happened for me when I first heard this glorious album almost twenty years ago. The album is undoubtedly ahead of its time and is packed with amazing textures, samples and lush synthysisers. From the opening ethereal drones of O.O.B.E. we are taken on a journey that travels through different tempos and moods whilst flowing effortlessly from start to finish. "UFOrb" ebbs and flows from ambience to dub to techno taking the listener to all sorts of strange places with the melange of different sounds and other-worldly textures. "Blue Room", featured here in a 17 minute edited form is a true masterpiece. Bubbling synths and astral effects make a perfect bedding for Steve Hillage's milky way guitar meanderings before the piece develops into a deep and infectious groove with dubbed out percussion and a superb bassline by Jah Wobble. The journey continues with the dub epic "Towers Of Dub" where harmnonicas, vibes and all manner of sonic delights are sent echoing to some distant place over a smokey groove. "Close Encounters" keeps the underlying textures and ambiences continuing but builds into a hypnotic trance track with spiralling synth motifs exciting the ear. "Majestic" takes the listener into some almost tropical world with layered percussion and echoing flutes and chimes. This album is more than just music it is a voyage that is expertly crafted from start to finish. I am always hearing new things in it and I could not even begin to count how many times I have listened to it. I hope new listeners will find great pleasure in this record, a truly timeless piece of work.