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on 8 April 2008
This album was a departure from their previous albums, it was more laid back and included some experimental African-style music too. This was the last real Art of Noise album before J.J. Jeczalik and Anne Dudley called it a day. This version includes 2 bonus tracks "Robinson Crusoe" and "The James Bond Theme". A nice album to chill out with. This album was a nice end to the Art of Noise legacy.
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"Below The Waste" has to be singled out as the Art Of Noise's only disappointing album. It lacks the originality and spirit of their previous albums "In No Sense? Nonsense!" and "In Visible Silence", and after it was released AON effectively 'gave up' until their brilliant 1999 comeback concept album "The Seduction Of Claude Debussy", for which original AON founding member and sample guru J.J. Jeczalik didn't return.

That said, it does have its moments. Anne Dudley has a wonderful orchestral touch, such as on the brilliant "Island" or their cover of "Robinson Crusoe". "Spit" is really good and harks back to Art Of Noise's earlier material. The 'hit single' from this album was "Yebo" featuring Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, which is pretty strong though not outstanding. (As an aside, "Yebo" was remixed some years later by Arkarna, so it's possible you may have heard the remix but not the original version).

However tracks like their cover of "The James Bond Theme", which should have been great but ends up lifeless, bring it down, and the album doesn't really flow from beginning to end. It sounds like a collection of leftovers from the end of a band's time. Interesting to fans, but buy any other Art Of Noise album, in fact buy all the others, before you buy this.
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on 3 January 2005
This was the last album to be recorded before Art of Noise split back in 1990.
I think this is probably the most unusual of their albums, in that the content concentrates on genres other than their trademark electric sound (although there is plenty of that to keep the fans happy!). The tracks seem to alternate between electric and ambient/classical which gives the album a nice eclectic feel. I'm still sitting on the fence over the James Bond theme, but tracks like Yebo and Catwalk are great. Dilemma contains more of that Art of Noise sound, with samples from Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'. Dan Dare contains what sounds suspiciously like a sample from Michael Jackson's 'The way you make me feel' but I could be wrong there.
The album finishes with a classical track, which combines various pieces of music to create a rather poignant track with which to end the album. This is an extraordinary album, and it's a bit like Marmite - you'll either love it or hate it!!
Art of Noise never really followed the trends of the time (this was recorded when Kylie and Jason were at the top of the charts!) and I think that this album demonstrates this more than their other albums - but in a good way.
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"Below The Waste" has to be singled out as the Art Of Noise's only disappointing album. It lacks the originality and spirit of their previous albums "In No Sense? Nonsense!" and "In Visible Silence", and after it was released AON effectively 'gave up' until their brilliant 1999 comeback concept album "The Seduction Of Claude Debussy", for which original AON founding member and sample guru J.J. Jeczalik didn't return.

That said, it does have its moments. Anne Dudley has a wonderful orchestral touch, such as on the brilliant "Island" or their cover of "Robinson Crusoe". "Spit" is really good and harks back to Art Of Noise's earlier material. The 'hit single' from this album was "Yebo" featuring Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, which is pretty strong though not outstanding. (As an aside, "Yebo" was remixed some years later by Arkarna, so it's possible you may have heard the remix but not the original version).

However tracks like their cover of "The James Bond Theme", which should have been great but ends up lifeless, bring it down, and the album doesn't really flow from beginning to end. It sounds like a collection of leftovers from the end of a band's time. Interesting to fans, but buy any other Art Of Noise album, in fact buy all the others, before you buy this.
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on 30 September 2010
not their best album.4 good tracks a couple of irritating tracks.
reasonably listenable. robinson crusoe (taken from old black and white kids tv series)is haunting and beautifully mixed,a mix of island same cd.a good james bond theme remix and a few good original pieces.
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on 16 April 2013
Trying to build up my collection, sometimes this artist is difficult to find, iTunes can be somewhat too expenses, bought this at bargin price
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