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More negatives than positives
on 22 February 2012
For me, "electronica" albums which are not truly amazing always seem to tread a fine line between contented head nodding and background music at a conference/DIY store/lift.
With a couple of tracks already championed by 6 Music, I bought the Sbtrct album hoping for more of the former.
However, with the exception of a few tracks - Heatwave and Pharoahs included - this collection of tunes (vocal and instrumental) is disappointing, verging more on mediocre commercial R&B rather than inventive electronica.
I've listened to this a few times and it just feels all over the place, not knitting together as a good album should.
I want to like it more, but just end up feeling more and more underwhelmed after each listen.
NB - The two stars is mainly for Pharoahs, which makes me feel like I'm playing R-Type or Streets of Rage II on the Sega Megadrive all over again. Quality retro stuff.