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on 20 April 2001
Two sees the Utah Saints return after a five year abscence with a more measured, thoughtful sound. It takes the sampling electronic base of the first album and adds more emotion and more mature attitude. This gives the album a complete feel this is a singular work, rather than the collection of songs that was their debut. A wider range of music is covered by two than in any other Utah Saints work. There are rock moments on "Power to the Beats" and 'tecknowledgy" contrasted with Tibetan throat singing on "Massive." The old Utah sound is prevalent through the album but it has moved on with only the synth-bass lead of Morning Sun being a retro moment. The individual tracks in some cases are not far ahead of "Utah Saints' " however this indicates that this is a far better album. There is a track for everyone on this album and it is a great record for dancing to and for more relaxed moments. While none of the tracks touch the sheer brilliance of "What can you do for me? " The overall standard is higher than the first album. My one reservation is in agreement with another comment on this page. Michael Stipe's vocals do seem a little strained and gimmicky at times but other than that, this is a fantastic album that everyone should own.
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on 10 February 2004
The Utah Saints are easily the most under-rated band from the early nineties. This album grows and grows, and is a brilliant hybrid of styles and idea's. Anf if you've ever seen them `live` you'll know that they aren't just a studio project. They're up there with Chemical Brothers for me.
DJ Big Dog - London
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on 27 October 2000
Two, as many of you will know is the Utah Saints second album due to the fact that their mid-ninties offering Wired World (on London records) was never released. Since their self-titled first album, they have been busy, well, doing things other than making music. Their absence from the world's attention shows on Two: it sounds as if Jez and Tim have been in some sort of time bubble for seven years. But who gives a monkey's? What they present is a superb array of tracks, featuring Michael Stipes' telephone ramblings about rhinos and sunrises in the four interludes, Chrissie Hynde on vocoder (Lost Vagueness), Metallica guitar bursts and Chuck D (Power to the Beats) and Edwin Starr shouting, because he's good at it. Early electronica is back in force with those who are credited with inventing it, and its about time too. Admittedly, a few of the riffs sound a little predictable, but even so this stuff far exceeds the trance and garage pants that annoying men in boiler suits with two hyperactive dancers seem only to happy to excrete. This is a fine record, but no matter how good it is it cannot make up for seven years and no word. Its nice to have the Saints back, I'm sure you'll agree. I'm just looking forward to seeing them live... -Daniel Murtha
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on 21 January 2001
For the Utah Saints pragmatically titled second album. 'Two', in much the same way as the Prodigy's 'Fat of the Land', picks up where their previous album left off, but more so. What is served up here is a carefully crafted blend of beats, layers of bass, vocals, and percussion, to produce a set of tracks that start small and end up, (in most cases), greater than the sum of their parts. This method of music creation is best sampled with the sublime 'Lost Vagueness' - easily one of the best tracks of 2000. There are low points here, notably 'Rhinoceros', where you feel the group are merely trying to get Stipe's lyrics out there at any cost. This is a shame, because they are not needed, a fact reaffirmed by the following 'B777' & 'Techknowledgy'. For those looking for the Prodigy in more thoughtful mood, this should do it.
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on 24 February 2001
I'm not a fan of every track on "TWO", but that really doesn't matter. The rest of the songs are warm, beautiful, and have all the energy and hooks that any superb dance music should. I feel comfortable and at home with this cd.
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on 30 July 2013
Another random impulse purchase bought knowing very little about Utah Saints other than slightly irritating hits from years ago. Pleasantly surprised as most tracks are pretty good with a few very good. Cost something like £2 delivered which I then burn onto my harddrive so quality of case etc is irrelevant but was still pretty good.
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on 27 January 2001
Holds together better than their first album which wasnt much more than the singles. This appears to have been wrongly ignored by critics and public. A great album
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on 16 November 2000
I thought that the first album was pretty good and have been waiting for them to release something new for ages. It's nice to hear some uplifting old style tunes again. It's much better than most dance music that's been released today. I reckon that it is miles better than the new Fatboy Slim album.A bit cheesy in parts but has got some rocking samples and vocals.Overall a spot on album.Nice one lads....
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on 12 April 2014
This album was made some 7 years after Utah Saints came to fame. I bought it on the off chance and have been very impressed. Different from their early work and a good addition to any collection. Snap one up for next-to-nothing on Amazon!
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on 7 January 2005
No bones about it, this is the best album I've heard in a long, long time. I tend to play a new CD constantly to really get into it and this one just gets better and better. Don't be put off by thinking some tracks are a little weak when you first hear them - they're the ones that will become your favourites. Off now to play it again (and again)!
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