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UNDERWORLD A Hundred Days Off (2002 UK 10-track CD album including the singles Two Months Off and inosaur Adventure 3D picture sleeve JBO1020102)
Underworld are in many ways the godfathers of techno, and A Hundred Days Off is close to a decade after their seminal debut album Dubnobasswithmyheadman firmly established their presence; they have little left to prove. Largely responsible for stretching the boundaries of dance, Underworld almost single-handedly dragged the genre out of murky clubs and into the live arena, blended guitars with techno and even had a mainstream hit "Born Slippy Nuxx" along the way. Following a three-year recording hiatus that saw longtime DJ collaborator Darren Emerson leave the fold, the remaining members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have never sounded so buoyant. The tardy sequel to Beaucoup Fish, A Hundred Days Off has none of the former album's bristling claustrophobia and urban menace, favouring instead a joyous carnival feel riddled with cut-up live percussion and surging keyboard loops. Entrancing from the outset, the dreamy psychedelia of "Mo Move" sees Hyde languidly intone; "I dream that I'm chemical" while cascading percussion and the intensifying beat peak and dissolve. The storming 9-minute first single "Two Months Off" continues the surreal lyrical theme with Hyde this time chanting, "You bring light in", while mesmerising multi-layered rhythms and effects make for a sure-fire dancefloor dominator. There are quieter moments such as the breezy funk of "Solar Sytem" and lethargic folk-blues ambience of "Trim" (reminiscent of Moby circa Play), but while unmistakably Underworld throughout, A Hundred Days Off is their most unrelentingly upbeat and infectiously joyous release to date. --Christopher BarrettSee all Product Description
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Two Months Off is clearly the stand out track. Gorgeous arrangements, the anticipation as it builds up to the chorus, the superb bored girl vocals and synth church bells thrown in. When this track gets into your bloodstream it’ll stay there for life – utterly brilliant. Twist beautifully builds up layers of sound; another Underworld trademark and a showcase for Rick Smith. On Sola Sistim you can feel the pain in KH’s vocal. The heavy drum sound and swaying synths are equally impressive. Little Speaker is a more playful with bored girl taking the lead. RS weaves a range of sounds, which are addictive, mesmeric - even jazzy. Dinosaur Adventure is a pulsating track, echoes of Beaucoup Le Fish. Luetin is the perfect final track. Like Marvin Gaye’s closing track on What’s Going On, its’ power and impact are undeniable.
I played this album to a few people who hadn’t heard music like this before and it’s no exaggeration to say they were blown away. I don’t think A Hundred Days off has received the level of critical acclaim it deserves. It’s undoubtedly Underworld’s finest album ranking alongside Kid A, Melody AM and other stand out recordings from the early noughties.
It just seems that underworld have become good at sounding like themselves and the departure of Darren Emerson has had a slight but noticable effect on their sound. This effect is proved to be awesome at times on a hundred days off, but also makes the album sound laboured at times. But this is by no means a weak album its just.......... an underworld album.
PS "dinosaur adventure 3D" rocks!!
As we know Underworld, they provide us with music full off sounds and layers, without giving too much away.
I mostly loved to more housy-tunes as Little Speaker and No Move, and a specially the nice female voices they use now (Allthough Karl is on almost all the songs, don't be afraid :o)
However it is a good, solid album and that was what was needed from Underworld at this point in time, to re-assert their standard and name on the scene they did so much to re-invent and evolve.
The usual formula is here, from the slow, more mellow tracks to the typical pounding techno tracks. 'Two Months Off' is a wonderful song, full of shimmering electronics and tinkling melodies. 'Sola Sistim' has an 80's feel to it with its synth washes and motifs. 'Ess Gee' is a beautiful, soft ambient track with lovely guitar. This is one of the type songs which Underworld get so little credit for, and they usually are their best, like "Tongue" on 'Dubnobass....' and "Blueski" and "Stagger" on 'Second Toughest....'.
'Ballet Lane' contains more lovely synth motifs and soft atmospheric washes to a solid beat and last but not least 'Luetin' is a fantastic song to end the album with. It's got a really great bassline which sticks in your head for ages and you'll be humming the tune for ages. It's tough, yet melodic and shows that Underworld have lost none of their techno knowledge since Emerson's departure. Actually most real Underworld fans will acknowledge the quiet man of the group, Rick Smith, as the real driving force and brains behind Underworld's sound and style, and this album proves this.
There are bad points to the album. The awful 'Dinosaur 3D Adventure' needs to be avoided and one or two of the other tracks show little invention or imagination, but on the whole this is a good album and a real treat for Underworld fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cd case was cracked. Could have happened in transit. Had no effect on the cdPublished 8 months ago by Kirsty Dunlop
To me, this is a solid electronic creation, that can be played on many various occasions. Wll done Underworld.
PS "dinosaur adventure 3D" rocks!! :)
OK, to help you set the context of my review and to decide if it makes any sense to you, I still think that Beaucoup Fish is Underworld's best ever album, followed by Second... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2012 by BigJules
but still quality.2nd copy bought for a friend so i can keep hold of mine.some real good rumbling rolling tracks.Published on 3 July 2011 by joan
I have followed Underworld from the initial release of `Dubnobasswithmyheadman' and have bought every album, single and lots of remixes in-between. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2009 by E. McKnight
not an epic album by any means but it is still one of my favourites.
High points - the stunning, serene beauty of Ess Gee will blow you away. Read more