Oblivion with Bells

Oblivion with Bells

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by Underworld
     
 

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Like their heroes Kraftwerk, Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith appear to work in a completely sterile environment, unbothered by charts or sales projections or label concerns about their marketing abilities. They simply reemerge periodically with another full-length of precise but

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Like their heroes Kraftwerk, Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith appear to work in a completely sterile environment, unbothered by charts or sales projections or label concerns about their marketing abilities. They simply reemerge periodically with another full-length of precise but swinging techno, with vocals that somehow create a rather plaintive sense of detachment (Radiohead's similarity in this area should not be overlooked). More than 2002's A Hundred Days Off or 1998's Beaucoup Fish, Oblivion with Bells harks back to Underworld's 1993 rebirth with the epic Dubnobasswithmyheadman. (Even the cover design and accordion-style liner notes are similar.) The acid techno is firmly in place, with little or no regard for developments in the form after the '80s. Still, unlike other electronica mainstays who have occasionally revealed a little weariness -- either from trying to change or trying to stay the same -- Underworld never sound particularly tired on Oblivion with Bells. Granted, the music is less innovative than before, and also more quiet, which makes Hyde's vocals more critical than they've ever been. Unfortunately, however, they don't benefit from the scrutiny. "Ring Road" and "Holding the Moth" are particularly odd, utilizing Underworld's usual cut-and-paste phraseology, but with productions and performances that never come together like their classics "Dark & Long" or "Pearls Girl."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882158125
catalogNumber:
21581

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Performance Credits

Underworld   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Karl Hyde   Group Member
John Newsham   Group Member
Darren Price   Group Member
Paul Clarvis   Percussion,Drums
Haydn Cruickshank   Group Member
Pete Kalopsidiotis   Group Member
Toby Lovegrove   Group Member
Danielle Short   Group Member
Toby Vogel   Group Member
Rick Smith   Group Member

Technical Credits

Karl Hyde   Composer
Darren Price   Programming,Engineer
John Warwicker   Art Direction
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Colette Barber   Studio Manager
Steven Hall   Executive Producer
Rick Smith   Composer,Producer

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Oblivion with Bells 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jon_B More than 1 year ago
Underworld seems to be somewhat forgotten by the world at large these days. The hype built up around them in the mainstream world due to "Born Slippy" on the Trainspotting soundtrack and the excellent single "Pearl's Girl" seems to be fading away.

Which is too bad because it means a lot of people are missing out on this wonderful album. As some reviews point out, there's nothing exactly new here - if you're an Underworld fan, nothing on this record is going to surprise you. But it will, hopefully, move you. It certainly has me. Underworld continue to do what they best and to improve on it considerably, and that's to bring something to techno which is often sorely lacking: profoundly emotional music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago