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  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orbital
  • ASIN: B00029KZMM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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ORBITAL Blue Album (2004 UK 9-track CD album featuring collaborations with Sparks and Lisa Gerrard - this is the seventh and final release from brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll ORBITALCD001)

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The Blue Album is the seventh and supposedly final album by one of dance music's most enduring pioneers. Orbital's blend of techno, breaks and acid has been mimicked but never quite copied in their 10-plus years at the top. Fans looking for sweeping cinematic dance numbers may be confused by first track "Transient", six minutes of techno bubbles, awash with echo, but not so much as a bass drum in sight. However, as it is common for their songs to be progressive, here it is the album itself that progs. Beginning in a chilled style best described as techno-Enya, the beats pick up and the synths get spikier until "You Lot", a classic Orbital piece complete with theological dialogue and a swirling melody.

"Bath Time" is more downbeat, a warm baroque number that slows the pace only to enhance the impact of next track "Acid Pants", a twisted acid monster featuring Sparks on vocals, which could well be the highlight of the album. The closing song featuring Lisa Gerrard is upbeat, jolly tech-house with her ethereal vocal soaring over the top--a fitting end to an album and indeed career that brought techno to the mainstream and kept analogue synthesisers cool. --David Trueman

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I'll keep it simple; there are few (if any) electronic bands that have been at the top of their game as long as Orbital, and have decided to close the curtains on their career after 15 glorious years with the excellent Blue Album.
As with every Orbital album though, there is the odd clanger (Bath Time, Easy Serv), but the good FAR outweighs the bad on the Blue Album, with the highlights including the paranoid 4/4 acid frenzy of 'Acid Pants', the classic-Orbital-sounding energy of 'You Lot' (featuring a marvellous philosophical rant courtesy of Chris Eccleston), the 6/8 classical splendour of album opener 'Transient', the lazy 'In Sides-esque' head music wonder of 'Lost', and the mother of all album enders with 'One Perfect Sunrise', which comes second only to the Brown Album's epic 'Halcyon'.
Overall, the Blue Album has a real 'thank god its all over' feel, which is understandable given the problems Phil & Paul had with London records had during the making of The Middle Of Nowhere and The Altogether, but this is not a bad thing, as the music is upbeat and really accessable. One of the great things about Orbital through the years is that they rarely sound like anyone else (except the odd New Order-ism, and other parts that remind you of Sasha, Something of a Paradox and FC Kahuna).
Save the two bum tracks, this album is as good as In Sides or The Brown Album. I really hope they will be back, but i'm also happy that they are leaving the dance/electro scene wth a quality album considering they have been a part of it for so long, when the usual case for a dying band is 'death by repetition'. Phil & Paul, We wish you well.
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As a fan of Orbital from the 'Green' album to this, their final album as a duet, I was, to be quite honest, not expecting much. Over the past 2 albums, I felt that the Hartnoll's seemed to lose their way and focus on creating new sounds and experimenting with techniques... I was very pleasantly surprised! The Blue album is a total return to the stunning form of the boys' green and brown album. Sections of the backing tune to 'Acid Pants' is eerily reminiscent of 'Impact' and 'Lush (Euro Tunnel Disaster)' from the Brown album. The final track, 'One Perfect Sunrise', featuring Lisa Gerrard is a cross-genre collaboration that simply blew me away.
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So, here it is, the lads last album. It's a bit of a "thank you" to the fans kind of deal. They have produced a great album with a return to their early sound but still retaining their perfected production values, sort of a refined rawness if you will. It's just ace really! Hints of their previous best bits but still with their own original flair. It's sad to think this is their last album together. I have enjoyed all of their work, even their recent, less highly regarded albums have still had many tracks/elements that made them worth listening to again and again, especially when compared to some of the dross churned out at the moment. I guess that's the trouble with being dance/rave pioneers. They created their own unique style, perfected/refined it, but then when they had near perfected it people complained they weren't as original as in the early days of rave/dance/electronica. I am sure their future solo projects will always have a hint of ORBITAL, however each brother ends up developing individually. Still, I will miss eagerly waiting for their next album. So long lads! [...]
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Orbital have not have been considered a cutting edge dance art for some time now. Once universally lauded as perhaps the most innovative electronic band of their genre, time caught up with them on their last album, The Altogether, which was panned by many critics as being a hastily concocted amalgam of throw away tracks and background sounds. The announcement that this offering, the Blue Album, was to be their last, seemed to confirm the suggestions that the band who were once brand leaders in the dance scene had run out of ideas.
Whilst it is not in the league of their mightiest productions such as In Sides and the Brown Album, it does though show a welcome return to some of the form that have made them arguably the finest ambassadors of techno of all time. Tracks such as Pants and Lost encompass a laid back brand of electronica, sounding jovial and moody respectively. You Lot has all the blend of darkness, sinisterness and euphoria that Orbital at their best became so adept at achieving. And to use a familiar sounding ethereal sounding female vocal on One Perfect Sunrise is a fitting end to the career of one of the true greats of dance music. Without major record label backing, The Blue Album may not gain the high chart place that most Orbital albums have, but their farewell performances this summer will remind Phil and Paul Hartnoll how respected and loved they are by their many fans.
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I'm sure all the other reviews you'll read will say "after the disappointing The Altogether, I wasn't expecting this to be good", and I, too, didn't have my hopes held too high, especially when the tracklist was released with titles such as "You Lot", "Bath Time" and "Pants", which all screamed of Altogether.
When I put the record in the CD player, I thought "this is make or break time". And, luckily, it was make. From the opening rumbles of Transient, to the track's climatic strings, I realised they were on to something. The rest of the album follows a more dancey direction, with Acid Pants and You Lot providing the typical Orbital stormers, whilst Tunnel Vision, Lost and Pants see the brothers play on their slightly subtler, moodier side. Not all is moody here, however, with Bath Time's lullaby and Easy Serv's muzak adding a light hearted side, whilst sounding focussed as opposed to the cheap, novelty nature of the previous album.
The record closes on One Perfect Sunrise, another title I immediately disliked but a track I immediately liked. A soaring epic, both uplifting and beautiful, with layers of female vocals and pad synths that are very much Orbital's staple sound.
Sure, it's not as cutting edge as any of the Warp artists tend to be these days, but it's a damn excellent album, and I'd say it comes a close third to Brown and In Sides in the band's catalogue. It's both a shame that this is their last, and also a relief that they're going out on such a high note.
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