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Farewell album from the nicest guys in techno,
This review is from: Blue Album (Audio CD)
Orbital have not have been considered a cutting edge dance art for some time now. Once universally lauded as perhaps the most innovative electronic band of their genre, time caught up with them on their last album, The Altogether, which was panned by many critics as being a hastily concocted amalgam of throw away tracks and background sounds. The announcement that this offering, the Blue Album, was to be their last, seemed to confirm the suggestions that the band who were once brand leaders in the dance scene had run out of ideas.
Whilst it is not in the league of their mightiest productions such as In Sides and the Brown Album, it does though show a welcome return to some of the form that have made them arguably the finest ambassadors of techno of all time. Tracks such as Pants and Lost encompass a laid back brand of electronica, sounding jovial and moody respectively. You Lot has all the blend of darkness, sinisterness and euphoria that Orbital at their best became so adept at achieving. And to use a familiar sounding ethereal sounding female vocal on One Perfect Sunrise is a fitting end to the career of one of the true greats of dance music. Without major record label backing, The Blue Album may not gain the high chart place that most Orbital albums have, but their farewell performances this summer will remind Phil and Paul Hartnoll how respected and loved they are by their many fans.