Its sad to now think that this was the last album to be released by the genius duo of neil barnes and paul daley that comprises of leftfield!They previously released one of the definitive albums of the 90s with 'leftism' and followed up with a totally different but still effective album in 'rhythm and stealth'! I can only presume that the bad reviews of this album are due to people expecting a leftism-style sequel. However, this album contains many tracks that make this well worthy of five stars in my opinion. Roots Manuva brilliantly opens the album with 'dusted' which is followed by arguably the albums greatest moment 'phat planet'. Used to help promote Guiness it is probably their best known track, however they have so much more to offer as this album illustrates. 'Chant of a poor man' continues in the similar style of the two songs previous but for me the album reaches its peak with the fantastic single 'Afrika Shox', made all the more brilliant with the great vocals provided by Afrika Bambaataa. Those looking for leftism-style material will probably appreciate the inclusion of 'swords', a chilled out track not too dissimilar to 'original' on leftism. No Leftism 2 but worth the wait none the less!Shame about the split that followed the release of 'swords' as the last single but the standard has definately been set!
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