It's quite 'ancient' but then again, so am I. I cheated somewhat and purchased a "Used" copy, so even if it were terrible, I'd only have been £1.45 out of pocket. As it is, I really love it! However, I appreciate it's what I'd call a 'Marmite' album; you'll either love it or hate it. Sounds even better and very complex when played through some high-end headphones.
This album for me is one of those that will always sound ahead of its time. The Girl with the Sun in her Head is for me the most outstanding contribution by the Hartnoll brothers providing deep progression, entwining melodies and a quite beautiful tone to it. The Box is both haunting and reminds me of old school days. Quite simply this album is sublime and should be listened to by any one with an open mind to experimental music
I have been a dedicated follower of orbital now for 4 years, now this may not seem like a long time but I heard a lot of their older songs and never knew who they where. After the release of Funny Break (once is enough) I bought the altogether album and then progressed to getting all of the earlier works. Insides the last album I purchased and I wish I had bought it sooner. Not only is this album the most inspiring peice of dance workmanship ever it is one of the most environmentally freindly with the music being recorded and played with the power of a massive solar powered generator based on a back of a lorry. This lorry was the iniciative for the first song , The girl with the sun in her head, which was to pay homage to its creator. And then the rest of the album has other songs that pay homage to enviromental issues, like P.E.T.R.O.L and one of orbitals best ever songs Dwr Budr (dirty water in welsh) which reminds us of the oil disaster just off the coast of south wales in the early 90's. The album also features what is widely renown as the best song that orbital has ever written, The Box. All their is left to add is if you ar into dance, techno, rave or any of those genres then orbital will suit you down to the ground as well as offering some totally stirring audio experiences if this album isn't in your collection it should be and if you do get it get the american import with the extra 5 tracks (satan industry standard?, Satan live in new york,the saint, the sinner and halycon+on+on live)
This album has everything. From the Magnificently beautiful The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, to the haunting 24-minute marathon Out there somewhere, In Sides is a deeply emotional piece of music that deserves to go down in history as one of the greatest electronic albums ever.
The best album I own, bar none. Electronica at it's finest; 'In-Sides' seems a natural progression from Orbital's previous works. I don't easily offer gushing superlatives, but language is too limiting to adequately describe this work of wonder. The Hartnoll brothers appear to have classical pretensions, and this album was a grandiose statement of intent. Yet, as ever, Orbital are impossible to categorise and marginalise. This was undoubtedly their finest hour (or so). Although, many seem to prefer some of Orbital's earlier works, these souls are sadly misguided. 'In-Sides' just gets better with age, as seminal and sublime as ever. Mature, majestic, and moving. This album is an essential addition to anyone's record collection.
my first experience with Orbital came in late 1995 when the Sony Playstation was first hitting the scene. Back then I hadn't really got much interest in music of any kind, but a certain game called Wipeout was being used as a marketing tool to make videogames cool. Sony had signed up a load of dance artists to do the game's soundtrack, and one of these artists was Orbital. As a games player I played the game and was entranced by the soundtrack. I began my journey exploring music on that day. The Chemical Brothers, Leftfield and, of course, Orbital were suddenly in my world. In Sides was the first Orbital album I heard, and remains, to me, my favourite. It's pure genius. To quote a review I once read: "Play this to your grandmother enough times and she'll eventually start whistling along to it". The combination of haunting and chirpy tunes creates a fantastic odyssey through intelligent dance. The Girl With The Sun In Her Head gently eases you into the album with layer upon layer of complementative sounds building up to an orchestra of pleasure. Tracks like The Box and Adnans are sublime yet offer a taste of something darker. I would personally wager that you could get anyone to like this album. So subtle and unoffensive, yet powerful and inspiring. My only possible gripe with this album would be that the initial release didn't include the Orbital cover of The Saint theme tune (created for the film) but it was added at the end for later releases. Like "Style" at the end of Middle of Nowhere, it sticks out like a sore thumb (to me) and whilst a great track in it's own right, it ends the album in a different light to how it would have prior to it's inclusion. Try listening to the album with your track listing ordered so it comes after P.E.T.R.O.L. and the feel of the album changes completely. But I digress. This album is genius distilled and pressed. Own it.
Well then! Personally I think this is one of the finest electronic albums you can buy. Something that always finds itself floating into my headphones, up there on a high plateau with Orb's Ultraworld and DJ Shadow's Endtroducing in my rankings. If you've checked Snivilisation, you will have spotted Orbitals progression away from the rave/acid house sound of previous albums towards a more soundtracky, musical epic feel. The album fires off with the cracking The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, a slow 'helicopter blade' sound with melacholic synths gives way to bright live drums breaks and an extactic pitch bending brassy synth line. Up next is the dramatic P.E.T.R.O.L. (used on the Playstation's Wipeout title), futuristic whirrs, dramatic orchestral stabs and choral sounds give it a real sense of urgency .... appropriate for the future racing game. The Box pts 1 & 2 show Orbitals admiration for John Barry, a soundtracky spy movie-ish slow start then moves onto the faster tempo'd part 2 ... you can really picture this in a movie, the suspense as you feel something is going to happen then the shift up in gear as everything takes off. Dwr Budr has Orbital in Electro mode, eerie 'ooooh' vocals float over this pacy melacholic track, halfway through everything shifts up as a nice acid line gets introduced and synths bounce around your ears. Up next is Adnan's, which was used on the first War Child album, a mechanical clunking track, blissful and chilled. Then my copy finishes with Out There Somewhere pts 1 & 2 (seems like I got it before Satan, The Saint and The Sinner was added ... but I prefer it this way, feels like the albums original intent, without the biggie singles tagged on the end). Out There Somewhere is an epic 24 minute Electro journey. The first part being dark and moody in nature before everything breaks down and becomes uplifting and positive for the second part with a cracking orchestral synth arrangement. Its an album which is really hard to sum up with words, but there isn't a single weak moment here. The pinnacle of Orbital's evolution from Dance outfit into something much bigger, you won't often see Danceland offer up anything as superb as this. Manages to blend Dance and orchestral structures together, light and dark in what is a genius album. Get it.
First off, if you have never heard an Orbital album before this is a good place to start. I started with The Middle Of Nowhere which while being a good album overall it was over very quickly and never really got going until it was too late. Often Snivilisation and Orbital 2 (the 2 albums before In Sides) are cited as their best works with this album not being far off the top. This is my personal favourite slightly above Snivilisation. It may not be as accessible as Snivilisation but it is more consistent. However it is a close call so both are worth getting.
I won't go through all the songs in too much detail but needless to say there isn't a bad one here. "The Girl With The Sun In Here Head" is one of my all time favourite Orbital songs. 10 minutes of unnerving sounds, jittery wind turbines and a dreamlike melody to make you feel as if you are flying. "P.E.T.R.O.L" is a lot heavier wit a thumping industrial beat straight from a videogame (it was used in the original WipeOut game). Once you hear the melodies here they will never leave you. They have a dreamlike feel, they are constantly intriguing and repeated listens of this album keep revealing more and more beats that you may have missed. I have had this album for nearly a decade now and while I know most songs off by heart there are still melodies what catch me by surprise.
The album is also quite beguiling. You will find yourself wondering how on earth they did that. With this album, Orbital stepped off in a different path to the one they created. Instead of following the crunching techno of the past or pusuing more rave, they instead careered off to apply both of those to a more melodic sound. Once again Alison Goldfrapp hear does the business with her singing. On Snivlisation she was brilliant on "Are We Here?" & "Sad But True". Here she pops up on "Dwr Budr", "The Box" (Part 1 & 2) and on both parts of "Out There Somewhere" Her singing adds another element to the Orbital box of tricks. Nonsensical chanting, backwards singing and voice manipulation are all added to the box (pardon the pun)!
Whether you love electronic music, rock & roll, folk or even jazz music, I am 100% sure this album will impress you. It promises a lot and delivers completely. It takes some album to not only equal but better its predecessors Orbital 2 & Snivilisation but Orbital did it. For a brief period through those 3 albums, Orbital were kings of the 90's electro up there with Aphex Twin, Autechre, The Chemical Brothers, Leftfield & the Orb (as well as pretty much anything on the Warp label).
Enjoy it like you enjoy a dream. Subtle at times, fierce at others, but always stunning.