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on 6 November 2007
I was looking at the Metacritic best of 2007 albums and noticed this at the top with a score of 9.0. However the Reader's score is 6.4 as I write this. Seemingly it splits opinion down the middle. I then went on to Youtube and found "Over The Ice" and was quite impressed, so I thought I'd go for it.
On first listen my hopes fell. "Over The Ice" is still a good track but there didn't seem anything to back it up. One media critic describes it as "An electronic album that is utterly original and not easily forgotten." Well he's not listening to the same album as I'm listening to. On every track there's that Bump, chick, Bump, chick, Bump, chick beat that young girls have danced around their handbags to in discos across the globe since Adam was a lad. The overall feel is of a dance album. The textures are nothing new. Samples are taken as they have been since the early eighties, though this guy has a knack for slicing them as small as possible and passing them off almost as single notes. I don't see where the invention is.
Having said all that I quite like it. It's got a nice feel to it. I don't feel I've wasted my money. It's a Dance album that does what it says on the tin. It will go down well in the clubs.
But album of the year???? Your 'avin a laugh aren't ya?
Personally I find Gui Boratto on the same label far more interesting. But if you want "An electronic album that is utterly original and not easily forgotten." then buy Silent Shout by The Knife.
I would score this around about 7, just below rather than just above. Why don't they let you give half stars?