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on 16 January 2000
While their third album "Carboot Soul" is much better, "Smoker's Delight" seems to have a cult mystique appeal, presumably held by those who haven't heard the album, because it's, well, just not very good.
The atmosphere is satisfactorily chilled, despite the stagnant production values that seems to afflict most albums on the Warp label, but it never gets beyond the novice level when it comes to the actual music. Most of the starting melodies are in place, but there just doesn't seem to be the depth of sound that is expected, and I found the majority of tracks to have no longevity whatsoever, Tracks 3 and 11 being the only notable exceptions.
Basically, it's a pop album masquerading as something more alternative. If you want something more satisfying to smoke to I'd suggest DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing", Boards of Canada's "Music has the Right to Children" or anything by the Future Sound of London.