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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0000C8XK7
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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CD Spokes Warp Records, WARPCD114, 2003, DIGI 11 Track

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I watched Roy jones jnr win a boxing match lastnight ,everybody knew he lost the fight easily but because he's roy jones the judges scored him to win....Kinda like Plaid im trying to convince myself that this album is good but the music ain't speaking to me , ive bought their records for so long now i don't like to knock'em ,In 1990 a record appeared in my local record shop called The virtual EP by Blackdog i bought it..Loved it and bought blackdog ever since ,the then trio split and formed a Duo "Plaid" was the result the other one kept the blackdog name but i avoid him he just hasn't got the musical skill of Ed & andy, ive bought all plaids albums..The problem ive got now is in the last couple of years ive been making music myself so now when i listen to the new album "Spokes" it is infact quite easy to produce tracks like this (i find it easy anyway) the hard part of making music is getting the mastering / dynamics right so it sounds good on everybodys sound systems..So i get rather disappointed when i don't hear any cool melodies in the mix that i grew to love from Plaid it all sounds rather deep electronic noodling with no substance , i was hoping i could get some inspiration for my next track by listening to "spokes" but it left me feeling empty....Plaid , boards of canada , deadly avenger and artists like these have always inspired my music..but i felt nothing here..If you want some cool melodies keep away , if you want dark electronic noodling try it out.sorry i don't like knocking Plaid there still one of my best artists and i will still buy the next album they release..I must point out i may grow to love this album it wouldn't be the first time im wrong...
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Plaid ramp up the grittyness and angry values for their latest outing. Where Not For Threes and Rest Proof Clockwork painted very chilled sonic soundscapes, Double Figure moved back to the more electro sound of Plaid past. Spokes moves further in this direction, several tracks being set to furious electro breaks, much more pace than Double Figure. Where the production is more lively you still get the wonderful orchestra electronica that you'd associate with Plaid. You end up with an album that'd press all your Chiastic Slide buttons while simultaneously yanking on your Music Has The Right To Children lever. Yes.
Taking a few tracks out of this to show you the kind of quality we're dealing with, lets head to the opener Even Spring. THOSE melancholic Plaid keys ease you into the album, eerie vocals before halfway through adding skittery electronic beats. Crumax Rins has a wickedly sinister bassline running through it, fresh and lively breaks and towards the end of the track the sounds used become angrier and more frantic. Something that crops up alot on this album. A great effect, harmony of soft and harsh. B Born Droid is one of the more chilled tracks on here, having a very Eastern vibe. Marry goes straight back to dark electronic breaks theme set against 'church bells ringing' synths. Get What You Gave is more like Not For Threes era Plaid, shuffly bouncy happy beats.
If you liked Double Figure you'll definately love this, absolutely NO dip in quality from Plaid whatsoever, in fact, if anything, they've bettered themselves here. Consistantly great album, lively and fresh!
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Ive been listening to Plaid for two years now and i could'nt wait for their new album spokes. This album is good as it is different from their last album double figure showing a progression in style. Some of the riffs are still really melodic but some of the backing beats and hats are harder with a more industrial feel. I think if you buy this album without listening to some of their previous releases it might take a few listens. The only negative thing i can say about it is that i think it too short,by at least one track and that is why i didnt give this album 5 stars. I do recomend this album and have to say that plaid know what smart electronic music is about.
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By Epigone VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2004
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'Spokes', basically, is a good album. It's well paced, and in fact has some pretty memorable tracks - particularly the dark, eerie 'Zeal' and, my favourite, 'Upona'. If you don't really know much about Plaid, then this album basically captures the essence of their previous output, so in that sense it may be a good way in. It's basically on the more melodic side of Aphex Twin\Boards of Canada. But, on the other hand, if you're in any way fond of Plaid, while you'll probably like this, you may feel that the opportunity has been wasted. Many of the tracks sound almost like they've been lifted from previous albums. It's been said, but I'll say it again: Plaid don't seem to be going anywhere new, and that's a little disappointing.
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Plaid are regarded as one of the important acts of the original electronic scene, either through their work with Ken Downie as Black Dog, or as a duo, Ed Handley and Andy Turner having recorded under a number of aliases, before, during and after their collaboration with Downie. Their early work, catalogued on the superb Trainer album, offered a link between the intricate post-acid British electronica of the early nineties and the Detroit dance scene of the same period. Yet, since the pair broke away from Black Dog and reformed as Plaid, it becoming their main project, Handley and Turner took a slightly different option, working on a regular basis with vocalists and augmented their electronica with acoustic instrumentation. The pair also proved to be excellent producers, working with the likes of Nicolette, for whom their produced part of the 1996 classic Let No-one Live Rent Free In Your Head, Björk or Japanese songstress Coppé.
Two and a half years on from the released of the half-heated Double Figure, the arrival of Spokes raises once again questions. Announced as darker than its predecessor and a return to the atmosphere of early Black Dog productions, Spokes can’t help but eventually disappoint somehow. As the vast majority of their contemporaries continue to explore new realms and pushing boundaries, Plaid seem to have stalled, failing to make their music evolve. If it is true that the general mood has more in common with their early work as Plaid, Balil Tura or Atypic than with their more recent releases, the pair seem stuck with the same sonic landscape as on Rest-proof Clockwork and Double Figure, never taking a clear step ahead. The opening track, Even Spring, lingers for too long around recurring Plaid themes.
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