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Timeless

Goldie

1995

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Timeless

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Missing the "Not" at the beginning of this title. Hard pass.

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It is very rare that a 10+ minute track earns its length, even in classical music or jazz, much less pop, so when I saw that the first eponymous tune on Timeless clocked in at 21:02, I was like "Uh, oh." Uh, oh indeed. The track starts out with godawful, ugly orchestra synth swooshes before some breakbeats kick in. I've gotta be honest. This kind of dance music has to be really creative and innovative before I can enjoy it and this music is just nothing special. At least Goldie is lucky enough to have a decent singer in Diane Charlemagne, although the melodies are pretty remedial. Actually, remedial is a good description for the entire track and this goes on for 20 fucking minutes. Good God! Given that the title track is obviously the centerpiece of the album, it would have been a miracle if the rest of the album was an improvement. Alas, a miracle was not forthcoming. Goldie makes The Knack look cerebral and deep.

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Goldie's influence on D'n'B cannot be overlooked, but oddly enough his tunes have never been ones I've really loved compared with other producers. But I do recognise that if it wasn't for him, then some of the artists I prefer may not have existed. Was fun to listen to a whole album of his stuff as I wouldn't have if it wasn't for this.

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Classic album. Created the foundations of an entire genre. You can't knock it's importance and you have to remember it's over 25 years old! Also, important to remember Rob Playford's involvement! Plus RIP Diane Charlemagne. 9/10

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I really don’t like Goldie as a person. Might be an irrational hatred, I dunno. But whenever I see/hear him interviews I think he comes across as a massive prick. So I’ve never really been that fussed about exploring his music. This album was good though, a lot more tuneful in places than I thought it would be. The first track is pretty self indulgent in length, but Inner City Life is a tune so I forgive.

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It was a day at work today, but you know what is great for cranking through the inbox? This album. Put it on, let the drum and bass set the groove, and zone into what needs to get done. This is adult adderall. I put it on when driving to lunch, and it wasn’t so interesting. But that’s not the point. This is an album with a specific purpose. And when heard through that acoustic lens (it’s a thing…and it sounds cool), this album deserves recognition.

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Yeah, I dig this. Great beats, inventive sounds, clever mixture of instruments. A nice add to my collection.

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Man, does this take me back. Most of the 90s music that has come up so far have been things I have heard at least a bit of in the intervening decades. I didn't listen to Goldie or drum and bass until 98/99, then listened to it a lot for 4-5 years, and then haven't touched it since then. But it sure is familiar - took me back to that time about as much as it could without drugs and JNCOs. My good friend, who used the unfortunate moniker DJ Goon, used the first track in one of his mixtapes. "Inner city life/inner city pressure" immediately felt familiar - and missed! "Timeless" works great as background, but it rewards closer listening. Just as it settles in too much and gets too repetitive, it hits you with a break that just washes over you. Drum and bass presented an incredible leveling up of ambient music. Brian Eno walked so Goldie could run.

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Yeah, if ever there were an argument for revising the list of 1001 albums you must hear, it's this unfortunately titled record from Goldie. From the opening 20-minute track that, surprise, does not need to be 20-minutes, it sure does sound like jungle-whatever from 1995. It would be easy to pile on to a genre of music that does absolutely nothing to me, but it's no fun being mean-spirited. I'll just say that there are records from this era that have really aged well, that sound like they could have come out any time in the past few decades, that I could see myself listening to in another decade. This is not one of those records.

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Timeless indeed.

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It's Drum & Bass. Its a 5! Legendary album.

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This is, indeed, Timeless. What a FANTASTIC album to just put on and forget about everything else. The first track is over 20 minutes long; the second is over 7. This is a LONG album that you can just keep playing. Also, definite heads-down coding music, which will always push it toward 5-star territory for me.

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Surpreso com a qualidade de produção e por ter gostado de muitas músicas, mesmo não sendo um estilo que costumo ouvir. Álbum enorme, com músicas de 20, 12, 10 minutos. Músicas destaque, principalmente as com vocais femininos: - State of Mind - Sea of Tears - Angel - Inner City Life

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I'll be honest. I've heard the name Goldie before and simply assumed that it's a random female pop singer. That should tell you more or less how much I know about D'n'B. That said, I really enjoyed this album a lot more than I expected. Especially the first half. My favorite track was State of Mind. eventually I found the album dragging on for too long however. And it being a bit samey, it started to get boring eventually. Therefore rounded down from 3.5.

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Well, that was certainly unexpected. This group and album, and pretty much the whole genre they're in (not sure what to call it; "electronica," I think? but it has vocals, so not really sure), are all so new to me, and not what I usually listen to. There are some very interesting things going on here. Don't like all of it, but I really like 'Inner City Life.' The vocals are so soulful and soaring, with a really great bassline and beat under it. I don't usually like a lot of synthesizers but some of these tracks are really good. I think it's the rhythms they use, and, as mentioned, the vocals.

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Yet more British ephemera that seems to just characterize so much of this list. The beats are really good, complex, and the drum textures just make is sound so expansive; but that’s not why I listen to music. This would be great at a party or in the background of a modern JRPG. Favourite track: “Angel”

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I like beats and drums, but unfortunately I was not high enough to enjoy this on a weekday. Maybe once murphy figures out how to sell weed in New Jersey I can come back and reassess.

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I was not expecting to like this, but lay that melancholy upon me! This album luxuriates with infinite sadness, like you're heartbroken but you're lying on the beach in Rio so it's not wholly bad. Each song takes it time, taking the listener one step deeper into sadness. There is no solution, not upbeat "you'll get over it" vibes. No, the album leaves you on that beach with tears in your eyes and the realisation that being there means nothing when there's no one by your side.

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Drum and bass for outsiders like me. The pretty guitar loops and sound effects signify pop, while the female voices add emotional depth. But as the ambience sets in and the sense of time dissipates, it gets increasingly tedious, though never so specialist that it feels hostile.

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Best enjoyed with illicit drugs or after suffering blunt force trauma to the cranium. For very low IQ individuals only

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1.6 - The type of bullshit Jeremy and Super Hans from "Peep Show" were into. "This is a Bad" by Goldie might as well be called "This is Outrageous" by Jeremy Osbourne. At best, some (2? 3?) of the tracks might work as background music for an outdated hotel lobby. The rest are junk. What a complete and utter SLOG. Shitty fucking album cover, too

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Self indulgent, overwrought, journeyman drivel

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What the actual hell did I just listen to? Two hours of pointless, repetitive noise is what. The first track "Timeless" (a 25-minute drum loop) is clearly the title track. However, it should be the fourth track that gave the album its name: "This Is a Bad." What a trash album.

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5

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Electronica similar to Enigma

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Lovely album. but I'm a bit biased towards Dn'B.

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slower and more chill than I remember, but loving it, laid back beats taking me back to a time and a place!

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Epic

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challenging listen, but very diverse and enigmatic

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Ambience. Je moet er maar in de stemming voor zijn maar dit is geen slecht begin van het genre

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Smooth beats from a real pioneer

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Electronic and very space age.

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Feels very spacey in a good way. Easy to listen to while relaxing or working.

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Yes. I enjoyed very much. A little stale THIRTY years after it was released, but a great respite from the traditional sounds on this list. What happened to this guy?

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Better than anticipated.

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Love it.

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Enkel femma

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Reminds me of the music they play in british tv shows for when they are clubbing. It's an early drum and base album.

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Att lyssna på DnB i två timmar i sträck är inte njutning i min bok. Trots det kommer jag på mig själv med att bli både lite nyfiken och imponerad vad jag hör. En och förmodligen den enda fördelen med riktigt långa låtar är att de kan berätta en historia på ett sätt som en 2 min popdänga inte riktigt mäktar med. Fastnade framförallt för Sea of Tears. Första 1.5 min målas ett dystopiskt &metalliskt ljudlandskap upp. Efter det ngt oinspirerande introt slängs trummorna på och efter hand även ngn jazzig gitarrslinga, vi lyssnar nu på klassisk DnB. Jag är på inget sätt imponerad, men ngt har satts i rörelse och jag vill veta vart vi är på väg. Så händer det. 4,5 min in i låten fadar trummor och ljud ut och ersätts av skriet från en fiskmås, vågskvalp och en kvinnoröst som viskar ordet tears. Från den här punkten har låten mig totalt hypnotiserad och det är inte först 7,5min senare när låten är över som jag väcks ur min trans och inser att det kändes som att jag färdats till en annan dimension och tillbaka. Vet inte vad som hände men jag vet att jag behöver mer av Sea of Tears

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Oh boy, this is good. I went through a short DnB phase as a teenager, but that led me into breakcore, then IDM and techno. There's only so many rabbit-holes you can go down, so I never really made it back to much DnB or jungle. All the beat arrangements and the bass lines are great here. There's not a huge amount of melody on top - some occasional piano loops, etc. What Goldie largely does is layer up ambient textures. But instead of making ambient music with beats, the end result here is really lively and drum-driven, with the ambience giving it a floaty, cerebral quality. For many of these tracks, I felt like I was just a brain and a pair of ears floating in a jar of music. There's some bassy, noisy elements as well, to give some rougher edges. For me, the only weak point is the lack of variety in the vocals or vocal samples. Sometimes they verged on the cheesier side of house music for me. But they normally fit with the track and are arranged really well in the track, so it's a small grumble. For this corker, a solid 4.5*.

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I quite liked listening to this! It was a total departure from what I'm used to, but I totally got into the groove. I had never heard of 'drums and bass' music before and I liked all of the other sounds (water, women moaning, you know) that came along for the ride. I do have to say that I was a little dispointed when I read 'Goldie' as 'Blondie,' but wouldn't you be?

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I like it! Now I'm wishing I would have been a raver in the mid 90s...

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Too long!

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Is not the kind of music i like, some parts of some musics are interesint, psicodelic...but the rapid parts are not the kind of EDM music i like it. However, i must say that the production of the album is quite good.

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Muitas influências de eletrônica moderna, DnB, jungle. Me lembra bastante em especial SBTRKT, Squarepusher e Four Tet. Uma barreira alta de entrada, mas o ouro está mesmo no recheio do disco.

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Sea of tears e Inner City Life.

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Não é meu estilo favorito, mas é de produção de muita qualidade.

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Välistä ihan tempaavaa biittiä, mutta oma maku on enemmän melodisen kuin bassolla pelaavan mmmtsin puolella. Kagonen ala- ja kolme yläkanttiin

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Eh, idk, just a little too out there for me to really enjoy.

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Enjoyed.

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Yeah. Bit of me. love this and fuckin underworld for a whole thing

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Probably just 3 stars... Kinda weird.

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Ну слишком несвязанно

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Nice background and driving vibes, but felt the pace stayed the same a lot of the time

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De zangeres hadden ze thuis mogen laten. Verder leuk om een keertje Drum ‘N bass voorgeschoteld te krijgen.

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Interessante en met tijd en wijlen spannende muziek van naar wat ik las ern van de eerste drum 'n bass acts. Vond het toch een iets te lange zit en was ik datzelfde ritme steeds wel beu.

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First track of the album is 21 minutes long... The album is about 2 hours long in total. A lot of the tracks has some really nice parts and is very inspiring, but in total it seems like there could have been some darlings that got killed. Good Drum'n'Bass and Jungle, but the vocals not so much.

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Boas referências de música eletrônica

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really interesting to have a glimpse into this time capsule from the 90s! who listens to this today?

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Me gusta el D&B pero este se me hizo demasiado repetitivo. No acabe de escuchar el disco.

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Not really my thing, and also super long.

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Good ambient album.

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Very bold choice to open this album up with a 20 minute song. Almost to say, either you're going to like us or hate us. Well, I'm here to say I'm in the middle. For this being a pretty cool electronic album that came out in the mid 90's, I think that's impressive. For it being as long and repetitive as it is, that makes it less impressive. I don't know the history behind Goldie (maybe a cousin to Blondie?) but I'm imagining they inspired a lot of future electronic artists. It's a very intriguing album, it just runs way too long on every track.

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I grunden gillar jag sån här musik men det faktum att första låten är 21 minuter lång visar att han har samma problem som jag när jag satt hemma med med eJay på slutet av 90talet och det är att komma på hur man avslutar en låt 😄. Lyssnade bara på två låtar dock

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This was better than I expected, but then I didn't expect much.

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Not my preferred flavor of electronic music, but it felt very mid-90s and nostalgic

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Rating: 6/10

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I just couldn't get into it

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From what I understand, this is an important album from the genre of Drum and Bass. Drum and Bass is a pretty niche genre, so your mileage will vary with how much you like the genre. For my money, I thought it was enjoyable enough. I like the atmospheric elements and how it enhanced the Drum and Bass (reminded me of Parkour Fortress. If you know you know). The obvious drawback is that it's an overly long double album. 105 minutes is a lot for any genre.

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This was a bit difficult to get through. Drum and bass just isn't really my thing.

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I'm sorry, I get drum and bass but it's just not for me. I really don't want to rate this one star because it's good, I'm just not the person who would enjoy 2 hours of this. Unless I was on something.

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i was not expecting this site to have drum and bass on it why is it so long

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I'm sure it's very good, but I can't handle those drum & bass style ra-ta-tat drums...gives me palpitations.

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No

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Lol major techno vibes. It’s decent, just kind of sounds like everything else like this

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Not into the jungle/ drum bass

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Not very Timeless, and not really my thing, but it's interesting to see what's a really important landmark in DnB

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This album did not do to well in the Netherlands. I found it an interesting album to listen to. Some numbers sounded a bit like Soft Soul. These songs I liked.

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Not really my thing, not so bad though.

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Pretty decent DnB album but hasn't aged especially well for an album called Timeless, it doesn't stand out at all now.

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Znawca elektryka nie jestem, ale dwa gatunki zawsze rozpoznam dubstep oraz drum&base, calkowicie nie moja bajka, zbyt szybka muzyka jak dla mnie, jednak ten material ma tez wolniejsze tracki, adrift you&me state of mind, z dziwnie skompononowanymi wokalami, ale jednak ma, mimo tego strasznie meczylem ten albumik, jego spotifajowa wersja ma prawie 2 godziny, wiec przyjalem ponad programowa dawke elektronicznosci, na plejke leci saint agnel oraz this is bad, wacham sie miedzy 2 a 3, pewnie gdyby albumik mial godzinke, to byloby 3, ale zbyt mnie ta sesja wyssala z zycia

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Drum 'n Bass. Veel drum 'n bass. Heul veul drum 'n bass.

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21 min for the first song??? wtf??

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Bwahh

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zu stressig

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When I first read the artist I thought it was a different Goldie. Interesting to hear D&B on this list. Interesting but not a fan of the lilting crooning woman. Some of the high pitched synth sounds are a bit grating too. Repetitive, but that's the style of music.

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too long ehhhh

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old dumb and bass, meh

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Not really my thing, kind of difficult to listen to all the way through. Some good songs on there though.

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Not my thing at all but could have it as background music i suppose.

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Drum and bass. Largo. Coñazo

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Only listened to half

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Tbh I don't see nothing special in case of d'n'b, even taking into consideration the fact of releasing this album back in XX century. Nevertheless, it is still quite good, but I don't really understand why it is put here.

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Was ok

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Really? 2 hours of monotonous beats, strange slightly musical noises? A breakthrough? A masterpiece? I don't get it. Do I have to listen to all of this? How about we pass a law that albums like this be no longer than 45 minutes. Not totally bereft of value. But I have no desire to ever listen to it ever again. 2 stars

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“Brings jungle to a new level of cross-fertilization.” But not as good as Vivaldi.

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not a dnb guy

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electronic. not great. sounds worse than a b-rate hackers soundtrack.

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Not my style

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You're kidding, right?

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repetitive electronic... would be ok in the right mindset. But also, almost 2 hrs!

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Nah.

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Did not like

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REPETATIVE. I dont like jungle, and even though this is the first jungle album. Its so long, andd the first song is the same thing over and over and over agin

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90s stuff

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You might remember his full mouth of gold teeth from such films as ‘Snatch’ and ‘The World is Not Enough’

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I've learned I do not care that much for DnB/Jungle

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Yikes

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Ew. I made it 12 minutes into this nearly 2 hour (!?!) album. Very dated sounding.

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ugh not my music

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Nah

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Tja, toch maar wat gelezen over deze Goldie. Schijnt toch wel een beetje een echte baas te zijn in dit genre...

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Grauenhaft. Anstrengend. Unhörbar. Eintöniges, hecktisches, nichtssagendes Machwerk.

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Awful.

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Nope. It'll take you less time to read Goldie's Wikipedia page and click on the page's links than it will for you to suffer listening to the entirety of just the opening track. I'm guessing this album is one of the first to get bumped from a future edition of the list.

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2/10 Weird Noises and snare drums.

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Generic nothing.

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Nope

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Ew

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Två timmar långt album... kom igen. Dålig musik också.

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Timeless indeed, this guy needs a watch. I pity any pour soul who dare sit through the three hour anniversary version of this. Apparently it was revolutionary for drum n bass, or something called "jungle," but while real jungles teem with life at every level, this feels vacant and lifeless throughout. I can't say it's bad on any technical level, but every song is long to the point of boredom for me, so the album was tough to sit through. I'm usually down for some electronic/dance type albums, but this one was pretty painful. Extremely dated, and not in a way that's fun (like the Prodigy for example). Not my style, wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and I'd personally axe it from the list. Favorite tracks: State of Mind. Album art: A cool cover that looks like it was designed by a 12 year old as his first project in a graphic design class. Edgier than the music, that's for sure. 1.5/5

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Not really my thing but I did listen to it!

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Repetitive, boring, and outright annoying. This may have been clubbers' delight, especially during its decade, but it also helps us understand why said clubbers were always high on drugs - they had to deal with this music.

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Couldn't get to the end of the first track. Started OK with lush strings, then female voice but soon descended into mad, intrusive drumbeats so the music was lost. Also stops and starts and isn't cohesive at all. I think it's supposed to be dance music, though the constant stop start must make it very difficult to dance to. It got slowly worse. Not really music.

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Sensacional. Já salvei aqui pra ouvir novamente depois, me lembrou demais as músicas do Ridge Racer 4. Alem de ser descrito como jazz futurista, tem vários elementos de drum n bass, e uma pegadinha de música eletrônica. Já garantiu um espacinho no meu coração.

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