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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00151G08Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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CD In Silico Warner Bros. Records, 2464695661, 2008, 10 Track PROMO STICKERED

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In Silico might be the second album from Pendulum, but it's their first as a fully-fledged rock band. Of course, this Australian dance collective have paddled in these waters before: their debut album Hold Your Colour was a muscular collection of hard drum'n'bass and slamming breakbeats that, for all its synthetic construction, displayed firmly rock sensibilities. On In Silico, though, hard-riffing guitars are pulled right up in the mix, and the band's production core, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, lead from the front, reaching for the microphone and making clattering loops the bedrock for a suite of anthemic rockers. Comparisons to the likes of Enter Shikari and The Prodigy are not too wide of the mark, capturing something of Pendulum's fairground waltzer adrenaline and polished, metallic aggression. Beyond straightforward rush, though, some interesting ingredients find their way into the brew: storming opener "Slowdown" imagines an unholy synthesis of DJ Hype and Muse in full progressive rock-out mode, while the elegiac "Propane Nightmares" commences with a Mariachi trumpet serenade. Dance connoisseurs will probably complain Pendulum's beats lack a certain finesse, but if you like your dance music a) fast and b) hard then In Silico has all bases covered. --Louis Pattison

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Let me start this review by stating I am a metalhead, my cd collection consists mostly of hardcore metal bands and I am not into dance music but this album has blown me away.
Pendulums new direction my upset a few old skool fans as this album has a lot more rocker feel and it has this cross-over sound showcasing many influences that I think sets them appart from most bands. The heavy beats Pendulum are famous for are still there, but they also dabble in snarling guitars, electronica and emo influences.
Think prodigy without the punk edge and you will not be far off.
This album is a brave step but in my view it has paid off in a big way.
Pendulum are the cross-over kings!
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With the opinion that Hold Your Colour was one of the best produced and genre moulding drum and bass albums to reach our ears to date, In Silico reached mine with high expectations.

The most immediately noticeable difference is the change in direction of the pendulum sound. Gone are the crunching basslines, the darker side to some of the tracks on hold your colour. There are no more drum and bass tracks, this album is much more about an almagamation of guitar-cum-electronics, with the drum and bass component taking much more of a subtle undertone. Most tracks feature vocalists and have gone for a more singalong pop feel making some tunes such as the opener 'Showdown' and 'Propane Nightmares' more easily accessible, but ultimately throw-away songs.

It is also a disappointment to see Pendulum producing tracks that are merely iterations of Slam, or variations of a drum loop used previously before. Diversity still occurs on In Silico but not as involved as their debut.

That said there are still some solid sounds that will have you tapping your foot, a building grin to the crescendo of a bassline erupting into a cacophony of digital beats only Pendulum know how to do, and their sound for which they were originally recognised for is retained in parts, most noticably on 'Visions' and "Midnight Runner'.

All in all a bit of a disappointment, reminiscent of the path the Prodigy took between Music for the Gilted and Fat of the Land. Keeping their roots in part to produce what is essentially a good album but appealing to a wider audience and losing a part of what made them to begin with. Best described as a blend of drum and bass, anthem-rock, electronica and pop. Probably better live.
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First of all, i would like to say that if you dont like drum and bass, then it doesnt matter cos pendulum are no longer drum and bass. This album is AMAZING. I would also like to say to all the dnb fans: OPEN YOUR MIND, THEY ARE QUALITY AT WHAT THEY DO! They used drum and bass as a means of creating their own music, after having made a name for themselves in the genre, and hopefully now more artists will come along with having been influenced by them. Tis album is made to confuse the dnb fan with all sorts of diversity, like Hold Your Colour, but completely different. Here's a 'lowdown' on the tracks:

1. Showdown - 10/10 This is a great funky rock tune, introduced with some swift vocals saying how great pendulum are and that they are no longer drum and bass! They still show some old touches with a bit sounding like Slam, but use guitar solos and it has an emo style ending

2. Different - 9/10 A really good track with good lyrics to go with it. Sounds like Muse and has an obvious touch of the Prodigy. Nice and relaxed after a rocking first track.

3. Propane Nightmares - 10/10 Absolutely phenomenal track, the album's second single. This has everything: a great intro, emo singing with a jaunty tune, smashing drum and bass, heavy rock beats and an emotive synth solo using pendulum's trademark distorted vocals. SICK

4. Visions - 10/10 My personal favourite. Again the distorted vocals work a treat with a banging intro, then a cool melody with nostalgic guitar solos and synths, then after the break a hard-hitting instrumental. So far the album has shown musical talent, creativity and initiative. Pendulum now make songs, not tunes.

5 Midnight Runner - 8/10 At last, a kind of dnb track. Starts off slowly then gets heavy.
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My very first Pendulum album was 'Live at the Brixton Academy' which of course was part of the In Silico tour. I therefore was familiar with the tracks on this album. This is one of the occasions when I believe the live versions of these tunes surpasses the studio versions. It still remains a firm favourite of mine even if it can't quite keep up with the energy levels of the live album. The Tempest is worthy of mention, being, in my opinion easily the best track on the album. Another Pendulum album that gets regular replays.
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this cd was brought in by one of my 16-year-old's friends. It is the first bit of music that any of this group of metalheads have played that I have enjoyed. I will go further. I love it - I usually like clubby stuff, trance (loads of different Euphoria in my collection) so this is a bit different for me. Anyway this old lady likes pendulum, you too may find that it makes it easier to live in a house full of male teenagers.
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