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Something not quite right, but still great
on 7 July 2002
Orbital's "best of" album is supposed to sum this hugely influential electronic band (arguably the second greatest ever, behind their idols Kraftwerk) in one single disc. I think this is the first flaw, Orbital deserve a double CD comparable to Pink Floyd's "Echoes". As for the music, it is difficult to argue with the tracks chosen, (with the exception of the dreadful "Illuminate"), but too many are in edited form, and thus inferior to their album versions. A clear case in point is "Halcyon", an all-time great that achieves moving emotion on the Brown album, but fails to satisfy in the seven inch form. "Impact USA" is also inferior to the version on the Brown album, whilst the "Spawn" version of the classic "Satan" is puzzlingly included. Making a best of Orbital album is sure to cause more than a few murmurs of discontent, but that does not detract from the fact that what is chosen is still pretty damn good. But the question still has to be asked: why does Orbital's worst ever track ("Illuminate") appear on a "best of" album?