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Read the book by its cover,
This review is from: Settle (Audio CD)
It's ironic that the cover says a lot about what lies beneath.
Firstly, it wouldn't be a hard stretch to imagine that two similarly aged boys produced this album. It sounds every inch like the stuff that me and and the rest of my classmates used to knock out on Casio keyboards during music lessons with Mrs Siddall. Creativity and originality are almost non-existent.
The greatest irony however is that this album shows no 'logical progression' (and in many ways a regression) from the dance music which was kicking around when these two were in their infancy. For me, the reason that the Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, 808 state etc. have stood the test of time is that their music is (on the whole) multi-layered and inventive. It is evident from the nuances and subtleties of each bleep and tweek within these albums that the creators have spent much thought, effort and time on every track. This is why I listened to 'the Experience', Exit Planet Dust etc over and over, because I always heard something new, which in my opinion is what the best albums are all about.
The same cannot at all be said for 'Settle', which is formulaic and repetitive, almost as if the artists have 'settled' for nothing (get it?!). It's as ingenious as the tippex-pen doodles on their little faces, What saddens me most is that there are many young kids out there who must think that the sun shines out of these boys' be-hinds. That's a real pity, because 20 years ago there were literally thousands of much more creative artists (eg. most Belgian techno- Frank de Wulf) who barely got any recognition or profit for their work (not that they wanted it of course, eg. KLF). As for all those who remember the good old days of acid house, (that includes you Noel) you should know better. You must have either lost all your rave tapes or never have had any decent ones in the first place.
And the reason that i gave this a second star is that it did make me reminisce of those times. Albeit very briefly.