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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 10 May 2012
Where BJM's last two albums left me feeling disappointed, it was great to hear, even from the first listen, that 'Aufheben' was a return to form. Instrumental opener 'Panic In Babylon' kicks things off, sounding like a distant relative to The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows', which is a fair reference point to most of 'Aufheben'. So yes, it's psychedelic, but what did you expect? Other standout songs are 'I Want To Hold Your Other Hand' and 'Stairway To The Best Party In The Universe'. The vocals are quite hushed and heavy on the reverb throughout, which means it all about the groove that the band lock into, which they do time and again. It's a strong, confident and cohesive album, and it's great to have BJM back.

As a side note, i too had trouble with the card sleeve. I thought i'd bought a faulty disc when it started jumping and getting stuck, until i inspected the disc which had bits of card all over it. Gave it a wipe and not had a problem since, so no big deal!
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on 5 August 2012
Most reviewers seem to agree that this is the first good thing that Anton has come out with in a few years - and I completely agree. Aufheben teeters between some "classic" BJM tracks featuring all your favourite Vox sounds and 60s influences, and some really groovy Indian spiced instrumentals with wistful, echoing vocals kept at bay at the back of the mix. The album is a nicely consistent collection of infectious grooves and no track is too long. Neither is there any filler - each song is different enough from the rest and after listening several times it's clear that our illustrious leader has got his head out of his backside and made a real effort to create some well thought out compositions. Especially the tracks that are mostly electronic - the samples and drum loops used are very sympathetic to the sounds that you would like to hear regardless of it being a live band recording or Anton stuck in a flat in Berlin.

I'm very pleased - and so should any other BJM fan be too! Well done Anton (and Matt) - this has been the pleasant surprise of the year by far.
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on 13 August 2017
As per usual a terrific piece of work from the master himself..
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on 31 May 2012
I had heard the bare bones of these songs on Anton's You Tube channel and thought they were good. Nevertheless, being a fan of the band I wanted a hard copy of the finished product and whilst usually I find hearing stuff raw is better, the opposite was true. The finished production etc on Aufheben is magnificent. Maybe because it is more electronicy than usual and needs the production as well as the lyric/music. The band are doing these songs live now and on YouTubing the gigs, they started off maybe a little tentatively but now 20 gigs on these sound sublime. I cannot wait to see them in 3 weeks.
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on 24 February 2015
5 stars of Wonderful
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on 14 July 2014
Not everyone likes this sort of music, but it suits my particular need for musical soothing.
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on 30 June 2014
pleased with the item
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on 6 July 2014
Anton moves into different territory and back to some of his best. A good solid LP. The first four tracks are great. Definitely a grower.
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on 4 June 2013
I REALLY LOVE THIS ALBUM AND EVERYTHING THIS BAND DOES. BEST US BAND EVER!!!! LOVE THEM COME BACK TO MANCHESTER AGAIN GUYS!!!!!!!!
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on 28 January 2015
Great album
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