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A grown-up new Orb album
on 22 August 2009
Despite being sub-titled "Orbsessions Vol 3" ("Orbsessions" being the name of the Orb's compilation of old rare material), "Baghdad Batteries" is a 100% brand new album from The Orb.
This is a serious and straight-forward album. It's atmospheric and brooding minimal techno. People who liked "Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt" will enjoy this as well, the way in which tracks gradually progress can be really compelling
However people looking for the quirkiness of some of the older Orb albums might be disappointed. Gone (almost entirely) are the diverse vocal samples and the slightly comic spot sound effects. There are hints of 'the old Orb' in the last track "OOPA", and "Dolly Unit" shows just a touch of the reggae and dub influences that were so clear in the first few Orb albums.
The inlay has more humour than the album itself- the booklet explains what a "baghdad battery" is, and also provides some useful tips on how to grow lemons.
Despite the lemon instructions, it seems The Orb (currently Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann) want to be taken seriously. So what you get here is a very mature and sensible Orb. Worth a listen, but in a chin-strokingly serious rather than fun way.