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Dated but still okay,
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
It's the 80's. People with art and music degrees know all about dadaism, musique concrete, found sounds etc. The DJs of New York don't, but they still make music that encapsulates those forms, but makes them dance. Makes them exciting, fresh, new. Takes them out of the stuffy lectures, and makes them slap you upside the head.
Enter the Art of Noise. Classically trained, they are able to trace the forebears of hip hop. So they make an album that nods to the big beats of hip hop, then overlays it with arty stuff. It's all very musical too. It never goes for the throat or the feet like a hip hop track, it goes for the brain. It's makes clever little wry links between classical and hip hop. My, how Debussy and Grandmaster Flash would have got along! Ho ho ho.
At the time, this was heady stuff, and it legitimised hip hop too, becuase if big brains like this lot wanted in, it must be where the action is. But because they are bascially, excuse my language, A BUNCH OF SQUARES, they still try and put bits of the worst kinds of prog in there too. And they use the Fairlight, they can't scratch, and so, listenign to it today, half of the sounds on this album sound horribly, irredeemably DATED. Sampled voices going 'dum' and 'lala', that squelchy 80's sound, oh it's horrible.
For academics today, this is a nice link between Grandmaster Flash's Adventures on the Wheels of Steel and the KLF's '1987 What the F is Going on' (which is almost like a drunken Scottish parody of this album), and the three best tracks still have their moments (Beatbox, Moments and Close) but it's not essential like Kraftwerk or Felix the Housecat that's for sure.