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5.0 out of 5 stars Two elder statesmen of electronic music make a great pop album, apparently without breaking a sweat, 5 May 2014
This review is from: Someday World (Audio CD)
"Someday World" is (Underworld's) Karl Hyde's first, and Brian Eno's fourth appearance on Warp Records. All three of Eno's previous LPs on Warp have been markedly different-sounding, so for this new one it was difficult to know what to expect and, true to form, the end result is, perhaps, a surprise: a pop album of sorts. For those who have heard the pre-release tracks "The Satellites" and "Daddy's Car" - well, the record carries on in pretty much the same vein. Maybe nothing that quite (quite) matches the amazing "Daddy's Car" but it's a very small margin. This is not a long album - 45 minutes in total, but there's real depth. The sonics are sparing and very subtle.

I suppose you could call Eno-Hyde a supergroup? But unlike Clapton-esque projects of days gone by, Brian and Karl are about the music, not the egos. The end result, for me, comes up somewhere between Peter Gabriel's "So" and the sort of music New Order might be making now if they hadn't fallen out.

This 2CD edition is without doubt the one to go for. OK so the second disc is only (a further) 15 minutes but its four bonus tracks match the quality of the parent album - the closing song "Titian Bekh" is my second favourite track of the whole release, reminiscent of "Songs for a Blue Guitar"-era Red House Painters and worth the extra outlay alone. And the packaging? A hardback book-style case and die cut slip-case; striking artwork including photos by Mr Hyde himself. If as much attention was given to the presentation of all new releases as it has been to this, then people would still be buying hard copy in greater numbers.

Effortless yet ambitious. Not epic, classic. Only the cloth-eared need ignore.
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Colin McCartney
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