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on 1 September 2008
I'm a lover of dark music. I don't know much about Burial, but from what I'd heard in reviews and comment, I really thought this would work for me. I went for Untrue because it seems to have generated the most chatter; highly positive chatter at that.
Well, what can I say? Hugely disapointed and underwhelmed. Firstly; the drum palette is practically the same throughout the entire record. As are the crackles on every track, the same synths, the same swells of white noise. etc. Practically EVERY track feels the same. The drum programming is minimal, opting for pretty much just a repetitive loop, no fills, no frills. The album kind of sounded like an ambient record with some half-arsed beats thrown over the top (there's one track where the loop sounds broken, slightly off, I'm sure it's intentional, but it does not work for me at all - it just irritated me). I can't imagine for one minute this record took very long to make, as it sounds as though he started with the same ingredients and just re-arranged them slightly for the 13 different tracks. Perhaps I'm a little ignorant of the genre. But I know dark; I grew up on drum and bass; the early darkcore; breaks - I'm no heathen to the sound. I wanted this album to be awesome, but in the end it was just a bit boring.