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2 discs, one good, one very bad,
This review is from: Saturnz Return (Audio CD)
Let me start by declaring that I am a big fan of Goldie and his many fine moments. His remixes can be awesome (check out the "Completely trashed" remix of "Milk" by Garbage!). I loved the first album. But "Saturnz Return" is another thing altogether, and a real curate's egg. CD1 is the "very bad" option: "Mother" is basically a dull, self-absorbed, 60 minute dirge with a percussive section in the middle. The first five minutes alone is white noise, and not even interesting white noise at that. Then come mournful strings for a quarter of an hour and Goldie wailing over the top of it. Then some rather boring beats, given what he can normally do. The long lead-in and the even longer coda smack of a lack of ideas and structure, not some sort of D&B "modern classical". leave the leftfield stuff to Aphex Twin. The next proper track, "Truth" is also rather dull and uninspiring, even though David Bowie supplying the vocals on this occasion. Like "Mother", it just goes nowhere, though thankfully not for so long a time.
CD2 is much more like it. Uptempo and vibrant, the best track is the lovely "DragonFly", with great spatial juxtapostion between the guitar picking and the underlying strings. "Digital" has a superb rap by KRS-1, and there's some good trumpet work on a couple of other tracks. Worth picking up cheap for this disc alone, but skip CD1.