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A Stain on Your Finest Suit?
on 6 December 2012
Having decided to re-visit a few of the Orb's "middle" albums (i.e. after Orblivion and before Baghdad Batteries), I am suddenly reminded why this particular offering was returned henceforth at the time of purchase.
This really is poor. More vocal tracks than Cydonia, though seemingly worse this time around - Beautiful Day is tolerable, but Vuja De really is not. There is reggae, dub ambient and a fair smattering of Eastern influence, but few of the tracks on here have any real substance. Cheesy at times. Housey at others - could this be the Orb's most commercial album?
Sorry fellow Orb fans - there are just too few decent tracks on here to recommend this.
EDIT: I have come back to this a few years after posting this review. Older, wiser, more cultured musically (I like to think!) Yes, there are a few tracks on the album I still do not like, but there are a few good ones too. The second half of the album is definitely stronger and, since this can be picked up for next to nothing these days, it might be worth checking out if you are a fan of The Orb.