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Not Leftism..And All The Better For it!,
This review is from: Rhythm and Stealth (Audio CD)
It saddens me when I remember the original reviews this got way back in winter 1999 at the time of it's release; unfair is putting it mildly..
As a producer of electronic music myself, I'm totally aware of how DIFFICULT it can be to "make your own mark" in such a broad genre. Instead of lauding them at the time for havign the guts to go totally "leftfield" (a very bad pun, but true their name I suppose, so it had to be used), and produce something that still stands up - for me at least - 5 years down the line.
Only "double flash" is the weak link here, but in the context of the WHOLE ALBUM, it fits. The reason this album works is the sheer variety in tonal color, and the production values still shine (don't forget this was STILL BEFORE the days of laptop studios!), as well as an atmosphere of "danger", coupled with a slightly foreboding, sinister edge. That's probably the reason those who loved LEFTISM , with its happy, party/chill out mix of vibes ,were probably a bit nonplussed with the nervy, jittery sound of this album.
Leftfield went their seperate ways in summer 2002, and as yet (apart from a "god save the queen" remix by neil barnes), both have been quiet in terms of releases. Either way, although they onyl made two albums in ten or so years together, those albums are an incredible benchmark, which DEFINITELY bear a sound unique to them.