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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • ASIN: B000WTBMBK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Much speculation surrounded the identity of Burial, the creator of Untrue and its predecessor, 2006's eponymous Burial––speculation quashed when its maker dropped the mask and revealed himself to be William Bevan, a fairly ordinary South Londoner who was just quite fond of making and releasing tunes without all the surrounding fuss. Such revelations, however, cannot quash the haunting beauty of Untrue itself. Released as most of Burial's dubstep peers were chasing darker sounds and heavier, wobblier bass in an effort to move dancefloors, tracks like "Archangel" and "Etched Headplate" take an altogether different, rather more serene route. 2-step garage rhythms are drenched with glowing, ethereal synths and vinyl crackle, and where vocals appear, they're heavily treated, chopped-up and pitch-shifted, until they sound like the coos and croons of a particularly soulful angel. Aided by occasional snatches of found sound and spoken narrative--"He's not hardcore ... he's not setting out to hurt people" promises one lonely voice, out of the gloom--it's a record that flows remarkably, a journey through a lonely metropolis that's both melancholy and strangely uplifting. ––Louis Pattison

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As the name might suggest, Burial likes to keep things underground. The mysterious producer is a curious anomaly on the currently flourishing dubstep scene, keeping his identity secret while others are networking furiously and raking in lots of DJ cash. Rumours abound that he doesn't even exist, that Burial is actually the alter-ego of an established artist - perhaps Kode9, who runs the Hyperdub label. In reality, he's just the reclusive type.

The music, too, is of a different character to the dubstep sound currently blasting out from club backrooms across Europe. Burial's beats aren't really aimed at the dancefloor, more for headphones-under-a-hoodie, down in a tube station at midnight - and the headphones need to be decent. Where the best-known dubstep cuts are built on growling, barking basslines, his beats are a more intricate proposition.

Last year's eponymous debut LP flirted with the most experimental electronica and introduced a new breed of leftfield-loving listener to the overall scene. Now this much-anticipated follow-up takes an unexpected step back, and an intriguing return to classic two-step. It's a sort of evil twin to the uplifting, chart-friendly sound that shone brightly but briefly five years ago.

The skippety beats and soulful vocals are still intact, but Burial darkens the mood considerably, burying them deep within layers of rumbling, almost imperceptible bass and horror-soundtrack synth. The ominous 'Archangel', 'Ghost Hardware,' 'Etched Headplate' and 'Untrue' itself could easily be remixes of long-forgotten early-noughties cuts, and suggest a man who, when those old two-step house-parties were in full swing, was hiding in the garage. Keeping your distance can sometimes pay rich dividends. --Si Hawkins

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You'd think that two tracks per side is a little silly but once you hear the bass quality you'll understand
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By Twig on 15 Jan. 2008
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Never heard anything quite like this. It's haunting and magnificent, taking me on a journey round the streets of London I grew up in.

A muffled clatter of shutters, hissing neon lights, snatches of conversation and music drifting down from open windows. Late night buses. The last tube... And it's packed with emotion, the soundtrack to loners walking the streets, couples parting, doorway confrontations and confessions. Lush fragments of tunes overlaying irresistable beats.

Perhaps this is the album DJ Shadow should have made instead of the Outsider to keep fans of Endtroducing on side. But he didn't. It was left to Burial, unknown genius, to create this peerless masterpiece.
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Fads & genre's come & go in dance music. Some good, some not so good. I've never been taken much with the whole ..... What do they call it now? Dub step/grime/broken beat?! I've lost track these days & I'm starting to sound like my parents did when I was 16 & listening to House & Techno music - 'It all sounds the same', came the cries as I blasted the likes of Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Frankie knuckles etc,etc around the house. I've not quite got there myself yet but it can't be denied that the boundaries & defining qualities of the (lets call it 'dub step' for arguments sake) sound are a little limited. Broken beats, huge D&B inspired basslines, vocal snippets. It's as if the artists are all singing from the same (strictly guidelined) hymn book for fear of stepping outside of the boundaries only to find that they might accidentally create yet another sub genre of the sound!

No such worries with this latest Burial album though. It has its roots squarely in the dub step sound but it's not afraid to step outside of the margins & dip it's toes elsewhere. The opening untitled track sets the mood - a brooding ambient soundscape set in an urban setting. It's nothing like you've heard on any other dub step record but it's coming from the same place & speaking the same language. It's a bold & brilliant opening that sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the album. I won't bother picking highlights because this is one of those rare things - an album that is a true journey. Every track has its place & the whole thing works together beautifully to create a cohesive whole.

This is an amazing album. The music on here is just incredible. Every sound, beat & vocal snippet seems to have been woven together perfectly to create an amazingly rich tapestry.
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This album is a masterpiece of Dubstep and it's always been one of my favourites since I heard it in 2007. The LP itself on the other hand was disappointing and was obviously pressed with DJs in mind, having left out some of the best more Ambient focused and beatless tracks. I was excited to give this a spin as soon as it arrived only to be let down when I didn't get to experience In McDonalds, Ghost Hardware or Dog Shelter.

5/5 album.
3/5 LP.
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walking home from a club down deserted streets on your own, head down...dog barking in the distance...footsteps somewhere behind you...glass smashing down an alleyway...it's the sound of any urban city centre somewhere in the witching hour between 4.00am and 5.00 am...

It's dark and menacing and definitely NOT chill out music and yet it is somehow achingly beautiful and it truly breaks my heart every time i hear it. Like some other people have also said, i wouldn't even call it dubstep, it's so far out there on its own that you can't even compare it to any other genre. It's like someone got inside my head and diluted the sound of 20 years of my London clublife - house, rave, jungle, garage, techno, drum'n'bass - and then melted it all down and played it at slow-motion.

Burial, I salute you.

Genius.
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my only complaint about this cd is that it came to an end, I got into a chilled out trance over the course of the cd and felt physically bereft when it finished.this is an awesome collection of tunes, to me nothing stood out as exceptional or something that would fill a dance floor, this is purely for kicking back and enjoying its minimal beats. It works well played louder and at a more ambient volume and has some nice samples and loops, I enjoyed this several times in a row and didnt get bored of it.
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Before hearing this, I thought that 'The Good, the Bad & the Queen' was pretty much the perfect soundtrack to Britain as it is. But Burial, with this album, has far exceeded even those lofty heights that Damon Albarn & co. set a few months back. At times desperate, disdainful, and exquisitely sad, 'Untrue' is THE soundscape to fit London at in the small hours.

Without a doubt, one of the albums of 2007 and, indeed, the entirety of electronic music. This album sits comfortably alongside the greats of the genre.
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Im not really one for Dubstep and to be frank, Dubstep annoys me a little. However, one day this guy Burial comes along and changed my life. In a world of changing emotions one often needs a medium to "escape" as it were from life and the crap that comes with it. This is where Burial steps in.

This is quite possibly the finest bit of musical work to ever be made. Its not your orthodox album, it needs to be heard from track 1 to track 13 all in one go. As someone else posted earlier, this is seriously a night bus album. Burial infuses his trademark 2-step sounds with haunting melodies and a crackling in the background that makes this piece work ever more haunting....

Why am i going on? Bloody buy this...when your pissed off or need to escape from everything, go for a walk at 12am at night or sit in your room smoking a bud, put this on and youll know what im talking about...
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