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M. A.J.Anderton (Barton-on-Humber, England)

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Thunder, Lightning Strike
Thunder, Lightning Strike
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How much noise can they possibly make!, 13 July 2005
This album is absolutely brilliant. With tracks like Junior Kickstar and The Power Is On, this is a mission to make everyone sit up and listen. The music is irrepressible. It cannot be defeated! The only choice you have it to listen. The beats and the melodies are hopelessly addictive and the album sways from twee melodies evocative of early Childrens TV themes with tracks like Feel good By Numbers and then sways to driving unstoppable Behemoths like The Power is on. There isn't a bad track on the album, and when you're listening, you can tell that they know it as well. The Go! Team have an effortless confidence and charisma that shines through to the record. By it and improve your record collection considerably, and more importantly- dance yourself senseless.

Orbvs Terrarvm
Orbvs Terrarvm

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An earthy meandering masterpiece, 23 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Orbvs Terrarvm (Audio CD)
In the Orb's debut they went in space,
and now they're conquering ambient on solid ground...
The result is a fantastically dreamy ambient work, with light percussion. Valley and Plateau are the ambient highlights, which are sub-cool with a soothing rhythm, but enough variation to maintain interest. Oxbow Lakes is, unsurprisingly regarded as the Orb's finest hour and I would be pressed to disagree, as it is simply wonderous.
White River Junction, Montagne D'Or and Occidental are also well produced ambient tracks with the classic Orb touch and are highly listenable.
The finale, Slug Dub is a quite fantastic end to a brilliant album, a 17 minute masterpiece of soundworking with almost every arena of Orb sound encapsulated.
In summary, this is an album no true Orb fan could do without.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unbelievably underrated stonker!, 23 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Cydonia (Audio CD)
The harsh dressing-down this received from reviewers at the time was horribly undeserved. This is perhaps the greatest example of ambient dub in the world today.
This album is more consistent and memorable than Orbilivion, and carries more ballast than all of its predeccessors, yet it still remains too ice-cool to be commercial.
After lots of trouble, The Orb released this 2 years late, and hence failed to capitalise on the success of Orblivion.
However, aside this- they released "Once More" in 2001, with mechanical melodies and some really odd vocals. Fortunately the track is a real grower and is well worth relistening to, just to discover the intricate nature of its production. This is also the lead track on this album, wonferully titled "Cydonia".
It's follower, "Promis" is an utterly superb drum n'bass track, with lashings of the odd but effective sounds you come to know and love.
"Ghostdancing" is a slightly less effective track, which meanders rather than thrusts but is still a stock album track with nice moments.
Tracks like Egnable also highlights the consistent failure to take temselves seriously, and is a humorous romp with an excellent sample.
Album highlights among the many are "A Mile Long Lump Of Lard", which is a mutating industrial epic, the blissfully relaxed "Centuries", proving that vocals and a beat do not mean a lack of ambience, "Hamlet Of Kings", a classic orb ambient dub track, and the finale- "Terminus", which is quite honestly so fantastic it would fit on "The Orbs adventures beyond the ultraworld"

Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, The [Us Import]
Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, The [Us Import]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate ambient album, 23 Jun. 2003
Over a decade on, this still remains the album that was most ahead of its time. In the so called progressive world of the dance genre, this still sounds fresher and of higher quality than most released today.
It is divided up into two parts, "Orbit", and "Ultraworld", both of which contain a total of 102 minutes running time of the most beautiful inventive ambient music of all time.
Orbit starts with the legendary "little fluffy clouds" and continues in an equally fresh vein. Each second of the music is made with such clarity, that the soothing tones are ever so more effective.
Ultraworld has a slightly more uptempo feel, with "Perpetual Dawn"- their mercurial hit, in album form. The next two tracks are low-key experimental dub tracks but still of great worth. The end may simply be the best ending to any album. "Star 6 & 789" is a fantastic ambient track with a brilliant pre-"A Man Called Adam" spanish guitar riff. The end is a mammoth seventeen minute pulse of early synth. The rhythm and tempo are perfectly balanced and the effect is astounding.
In summary then, put the CD on and then immerse yourself in a whole new world of sound.

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