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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MUT
  • ASIN: B000063IVF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Forget what you know about Luke Slater, I think the 80's revivalists has abducted him and placed him back amongst us to further their cause. If you found the 80's to be a time of poor and raw production techniques with staccato beats, jangley guitars, flat British vocalists droning bad prose and permanently bad hair days and weekly fashion changes then Monsieur Slater has encapsulated the best bits and set them to a soundscape of pumping uplifting beats and breaks, deep synth rollercoastery and haunted human league-esq backing vocals. Add to this the engaging voice of Aloof's Ricky Barrow and you have catchy edgy synth pop songs with similar stylings to Nine Inch Nails & Les Rhythm Digitalis, thank god it's not Fat Boy Slim doing the 80's and as passing comment it's infinitely more interesting than Timo Maas's much raved about new efforts. In conclusion and after much listening there is a lot going on here, very ambitious and well executed. Of course you can dance to it, of course you can nod your noggin, pout, and feel like Tom Cruise snogging Molly Ringwald. Viva le 80's!
My only criticism is one of the reasons you'd buy it, it's nostalgic, sure it has its IDM genre futuristic whirrs, clicks and other interesting ambient noises, essentially it's on the bandwagon and I don't mind following it, the 2000's have no identity so why not look back to good times until we find something worth looking forward to. Now if you'll excuse me, I've my legwarmers to iron
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By A Customer on 14 April 2002
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This is Luke Slater's first release on Mute (previous outings being on the sister label NovaMute). This is the first signal that things are going to be taking a more commercial slant.
With 'Alright on Top', Slater has made an album of songs, employing Ricky Barrow (The Aloof) to deliver the 80s-influenced collection with a nonchalently soulful, yet sometimes atonal quality, not too far away from Bernard Sumner at his best.
This album is certainly a nostaligia trip for Slater. It feels as though he plundered his record collection, dragging out The Human League's 'Travelogue' (remember Being Boiled anyone?), Gary Numan's 'The Pleasure Principle' and Depeche Mode's 'Speak and Spell' as good starting points to recreate those things that really were good about that decade. Of course he has added his trademark relentlessly pounding beats but packaged them this time with a more friendly feel that have become the selling points for acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx.
Putting all of this together, and getting over the inital shock of this change of direction (albeit temporary I would suspect), it works for me. Sure, there are a few moments where he slightly over-eggs it all, but on the whole, it is a very confident stride away from fans of the mighty 'All Exhale' from 'Wireless'.
Get your Steve Strange make-up out and enjoy.
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This is one of those albums that I keep going back to over and over. There's a fascinating contrast between the melancholic and indie-sounding vocals with the pounding synths. It's got a very particular mood- it's sad but it's determined. The balance works really, really well.

Yes it is a pop album, but it's a classy and original take on pop music. Other reviewers have said this album is "80s influenced", though I reckon it's more electroclash influenced. The sound has more to do with Digitalism or Tiefschwarz than with anything from 20 years ago. Calling it "1980s-style" really does an injustice to Slater's trademark rich production. I reckon this album might be ahead of its time, rather than behind.

If you can find it, it's worth getting the Australian edition of this CD, which comes with a 9-track bonus disc including all the B-sides from the CD singles, and remixes from Felix Da Housecat, Rennie Pilgrem, Jon Carter and others.
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Luke Slater in full on chameleon mode here brings us 'Alright on Top', his attempt at what can only be described as St Etienne (ish) techno pop. And do you know what.... it works... Certainly the mans production and melodic genius is evident throughout and the whole thing zips along nicely with a huge amount of accessibility. I whacked this on in my car and my fiance was even singing along. The standout track (among many good others) Stars & Heroes is terrific...

Don't get me wrong wrong, I'm not suggeting for a minute that this is 'Slater-Lite' and although it's not The 4 Cornered Room or My Yellow Wise Rug (what is?), after the somewhat 'loose' Wireless and Freek Funk, I actually think this is something of a brave return to form.

Bravo, Luke. Can we have some more IDM albums tho, pretty please...??
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Alright On Top isn't quite as discontinuous with Luke Slater's earlier work as some reviews have suggested. Yes, its techno-pop, but its techno-pop with the same pounding beats and furious energy as Slater-of-yore. With its frenzy of breakbeats and scratching, Searchin For A Dream in particular could have come straight out of Wireless.
Having said that, Alright On Top shows a man with an undeniable pop sensibility. The Tainted Love-esque Stars And Hereos is as shameless a slice of pop music you'll hear this side of S Club 7, Take Us Apart is equally as life-affirmingly glorious. Barrow's vocals managing to bring heart-ache and poignancy to even the most brutal track and the production is absolutely frictionless.
Perfect techno, perfect pop, get these men into your life and on to Top Of The Pops now!
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