Wreckage

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rob Overseer is yet another in a series of DJs sitting in their basements in northern England in this case, Leeds with a lot of machines creating electronic dance music and ethereal soundscapes. If much of his debut album Wreckage sounds familiar to almost anyone who hears it, there are two reasons. One is that its collages of beats, sampled instruments, raps, and repeated chants are not unlike the work of Fatboy Slim and Moby, to name only the most well-known purveyors of the same style. And second, like those predecessors, Overseer has managed to place his tracks in a variety of media even before this album was released, making it something of a compilation of tracks...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rob Overseer is yet another in a series of DJs sitting in their basements in northern England in this case, Leeds with a lot of machines creating electronic dance music and ethereal soundscapes. If much of his debut album Wreckage sounds familiar to almost anyone who hears it, there are two reasons. One is that its collages of beats, sampled instruments, raps, and repeated chants are not unlike the work of Fatboy Slim and Moby, to name only the most well-known purveyors of the same style. And second, like those predecessors, Overseer has managed to place his tracks in a variety of media even before this album was released, making it something of a compilation of tracks already heard in commercials particularly for liquor and automobiles, video games Gran Turismo, Stuntman, television series C.S.I., and movies Snatch, Any Given Sunday. In some cases, the tracks have been used only in commercials for movies, not on the soundtracks themselves. For example, both "Supermoves" and "Insectocuter Dub" were only in the commercials for Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life. Overseer has a particular affection for 1970s-era heavy metal, particularly its fuzztone guitar effects, so that, for example, the middle section of "Horndog" is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." But he also calms things down in such tracks as "Aquaplane" and the concluding song, "Heligoland." Although the album has a running time over 76 minutes and that final song runs almost 27 minutes, that length is deceptive. After about six and a half ambient minutes, the track is reduced to the sound of a ringing telephone that then rings for the next 20 minutes until someone says, "Hello," and the album comes to an end. We listen so you won't have to. The album contains occasional expletives, but it does not have a parental advisory sticker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646380628
  • Catalog Number: 63806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slayed (4:47)
  2. 2 Stompbox (3:53)
  3. 3 Supermoves (4:47)
  4. 4 Velocity Shift (2:08)
  5. 5 Horndog (3:31)
  6. 6 Meteorology (5:32)
  7. 7 Aquaplane (5:14)
  8. 8 Doomsday (3:14)
  9. 9 Basstrap (4:03)
  10. 10 Sparks (6:02)
  11. 11 Never (6:36)
  12. 12 Heligoland (26:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Overseer Primary Artist
Russell Boswell Cello
Michael Whittaker Viola
Paul Lawrence Jones III Piano
Brian Perkins Spoken Word
Zak Speakerfreaks Vocals
Andrew Montgomery Vocals
Alice Laing Violin
Rebekah Allan Violin
Nick Life Vocals
Chris Live Vocals
Ernesto Estruch Violin
Jakk Frost Rap
Sandra Pehrsson Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Klatt Vocal Engineer
Dave Creffield Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Cally Artwork
Rob Overseer Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Instrumentation
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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    Different, But Not Bad

    This artist is just a slight bit different than others I have heard in this particular area of music, but then again, up until recently, I had only really been familiar with artists like Crystal Method, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Robert Miles, Darude, and Deadmau5...and scattered songs from a few select others. I have been trying to branch out a little in this area of music and check out new stuff in the techno/trance/breakbeat dance area of music, and this is basically the 1st other artist I have checked out so far. Though I think I'm still a bigger fan of the other artists I'm familiar with...most especially the Crystal Method (have loved them since I was in late elementary school)...I actually rather liked what I heard. I am quite tempted to maybe pick this album up at some point. If you like this style of music, I would recommend giving this guy a listen. Not bad.

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