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Exit Planet Dust

The Chemical Brothers

1995

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Exit Planet Dust
Album Summary

Exit Planet Dust is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. It was first released on 26 June 1995 in the United Kingdom by Junior Boy's Own, Freestyle Dust, and Virgin Records, and on 15 August 1995 in the United States by Astralwerks. The album was recorded between August and November 1994, with "Song to the Siren" performed live. Its title is a reference to their departure from their earlier name The Dust Brothers. The album received critical acclaim and was in the UK charts for many weeks, charting in each year from its release in 1995 until 2000; its highest peak was number 9 in 1995.

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Electronica

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

A soft focus laser (like the green ones in clubs that pan around) trained squarely on your pleasure zones that hits (tickles?) the spot more often than not. Agreeable by design, which isn't an issue here because the Brothers' dedication to making techno enjoyable for a wider audience means an appreciation of pop song form and healthy servings of beats. I tip my hat to them for their public service.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

oh man, have i been waiting for this one. this was my first introduction to them, in the fall of 1995. i was super-leet, working in a computer lab, shuttling around my newton and an internal hard drive in the pocket of my mechanic's jacket. i'd remove the drive from a computer in the lab & install mine, write my papers or whatever, then put it all back together and go back home. and read the collected sherlock holmes on the bus back & forth on my newton. this is another 7-star album for me.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Everything I want out of an electronic music album. Literally bopped my head from start to finish.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

It's cool to hear electronic music that isn't just club music. This works just as well for simply setting a mood.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

A favorite back in high school. Love the way it flows from track to track. It's cool that it works equally well as dance music and as a headphone ride. Starts with a Kraftwerk sample so you know they know their shit. I like the additive/subtractive way layers of elements/loops are used to build dramatic song structures. Tracks 1-6 are like the party and 7-11 are like the after-party. Used to put "one too many mornings" on mixtapes.

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Sat Mar 18 2023
3

The perfect soundtrack for mindless, repetitive works tasks on a Friday morning.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

Why is this on the list? I could have definitely died without hearing this and had 50 minutes of my life back to listen to something useful.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

I discovered The Chemical Brothers, like many people, with the follow-up to Exit Planet Dust, the also amazing Dig Your Own Hole, and back in the day getting my hands on these albums wasn't that easy. Even considering that, I hate myself for not having listened to this album in full back in the day. I only knew a few songs, which I thought were great, but listening to the overall album is a whole another experience. Damn, guess I'll be listening this one on repeat these days.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Really enjoyed some of these tracks. As with most electronic music, I can only listen to a few tracks before needing a break!

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Excellent mood and vibe. A little surprised at the lack of Dancy stuff.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Cet album des Chemical Brothers m'a mis dans une colère noire. Il faut savoir que les Chemical Brothers ont coûté leur place dans la liste des 1001 à mon groupe favori, My Chemical Romance. En effet, seul un seul groupe de chimie pop pouvait être ajouté à la liste par Robert, qui a donc preferé les frères à la romance. Seulement, on se rend rapidement compte que ce choix est une erreur. Très vite, les Chemical Brothers vont effectuer leur première bévue: le substrat de soude est mélangé avec la solution aqueuse, ce qui provoque une légère odeur de brulé très désagrable dans le laboratoire. Ensuite, l'un des frères va venir renverser le contenu de son erlenmeyer sur le microscope du coin de table, ce qui démontre le peu d'aise avec laquelles les Chemical Brothers maniaient leur matériel. Enfin, le mélange acide nitrique/magnesium opéré ne prendra jamais la couleur bleue attendue. La comparaison fait très mal avec leurs camarades de classe de My Chemical Romance, qui dans le même temps ont obtenu deux prix nobel de chimie pour leur travaux sur l'arbre de Diane. Un scandale de plus à l'actif de Robert, qui n'en finit plus d'enchainer les décisions douteuses.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Un album caractéristique des Chemical Brothers. Ceux-ci se présentent d'abord en blouse blanche à l'entrée du laboratoire et s'avancent chacun vers un robinet. Ils se munissent alors d'eau distillée et commencent à rincer une poignée de tubes à essai ainsi qu'un bécher. Une fois ceci fait, l'un des brothers verse délicatement de l'eau dans un tube alors que le second brother y ajoute de l'acide éthanoïque. Ils étalonnent ensuite le pH-mètre avec les solutions tampon 4 et 7 et agitent la solution dont le pH est mesuré. L'examinateur les interrompt soudain et leur demande de se verser chacun un litre d'acide chlorhydrique dans la bouche. Les Chemical Brothers s'exécutent naïvement. Quelques secondes plus tard, les deux sont transportés d'urgence à l'hôpital et laissent ainsi leur matériel chimique dans le laboratoire.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Hugely underrated album from hugely underrated pioneers of big beat and electro. This is a belter!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Nick thought it was a belter

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Awesome album, I realy digged it.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

A veces la electrónica me cansa porque me parece que puede ser muy monótona, pero con este disco no me paso, tiene varios moods (?) y es muy disfrutable

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Surprisingly good! A nice mixture of chill, focusing and energising music, great for working to

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Top notch. Kind of psychedelic/electric?

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Really good and well put together album

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Quality. Maybe a tad relentless at points Could do with some more variety between songs. The first six easily could all be the same song. Also didn't know they used to be called "the dust brothers"

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Mon May 24 2021
5

- this album rocks but maybe dwells on some loops a little too long. - I forgot how much fun it is to work to big-beat, album is almost too dance-able to go with spreadsheets. - undersells its bass and guitars, oversells the phasing square synths. - fairly repetitious structure in most tracks (strong & creative intro, energetic beats to 3/4 mark, then a downtempo loop breakdown that's a little too long) - second half is a strong shift, astute ordering. - The Matrix 4 can't come fast enough.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Love a bit of the chemical brothers, love a continuous album, great stuff

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

The start of a epic journey. Love it.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

The brothers gonna pump you up!

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Really enjoyed this. As always, what I expected was vastly different than what I received. Added to library.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Хороший альбом, но не лучший

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Gyors, felpörget, egyáltalán nem egysíkú vagy unalmas. Get shit done érzésem van amikor hallgatom. Fogom még hallgatni.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

YEEEEE CHEMICAAAAL, BUDUMMM BUDUMMMM

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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

I always liked "Dig your own hole" better (especially the buzz saw solo), but this one is great too. Very innovative, great beats. No song is a filler. And nice that they've put the more upbeat songs to the start and the more chill songs to the end. I absolutely see the impact it had at the time it came out.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Outstanding. Many happy memories

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

I LOVE this! What an incredible debut album from the 70s fashion cover design to the songs. I've definitely been missing out for the last 16 or so years! At any rate better late than never. This album is aggressive in all the ways great dance music should be. It starts off with the promise "The brothers gonna work it out" then spends the next 49 minutes doing just that. The first half of the album fires on all cylinders. Ferocious! Then we get to enter "Chico's Groove" where the Brothers take things down a notch leading the beautiful "One Too Many Mornings" and into a perfect wind down. I kept cranking this up as the album progressed. So good that at times it had me wondering if someone dropped an E into my sparkling water... It will be tough to name a favorite song from this album. A fantastic masterpiece of EDM from start to finish!

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

I was excited to see The Chemical Brothers pop up on the rotation. I am familiar with this duo in association with other artists of the style music, but didn’t know the album. It definitely lived up to my expectations. I loved it.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Fucking love Chemical Brothers. One of the first bands I ever really fell in love with and they still have a special place in my heart. While I think they got even better than this debut, it's still absolutely killer.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

I never thought I'd like me some electric guitar and drums. Chemical romance are crayyy boi

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Love the 90’s electronic sound

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Sat May 28 2022
5

Hey boys Hey girls Superstar DJs Here we go

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

I’m a big fan of this genre and I also love chemical brothers so I’m kinda biased Seamless transitions.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Heard before. Quality album, great production, great guests. Well done all round, weird album art though

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

muito massa o fadinho eletrônico

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

This is 90s ‘Need for Speed’ techno and I love it

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Back when the Chemies used to mean something. big, bold and wall to wall slaps

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

i don't understand how i never went bigger on the chemical brothers when they were in their pomp. i don't know how i could have listened to this album and not have fell absolutely in love with them. it genuinely baffles me that even having seen their phenomenal live shows and listened to all of their albums when they came out that i never went massive on them. wish i could go back and see them in their early years.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Reckon this'd be proper good to stare at the ceiling to

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

Best electronic album this exercise has to offer so far. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

I really like this album and The Chemical Brothers in general. I need to spend more time with their music cause I really liked 'Dig Your Own Hole' as well when it came up on here for me previously. This is a really strong debut and I love the psychedelic rock vibes mixed in with the acid house. I would have really dug seeing them live if I could have back when this came out. Standout Tracks: Leave Home, In Dust We Trust, Chemical Beats, Chico's Groove, One Too Many Mornings, Life Is Sweet, Alive Alone

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Sat Apr 15 2023
5

Sempre all’avanguardia. Fortissimi

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Thu May 11 2023
5

Holy shit this album slaps. The beats early on are really strong, and just when it feels like enough it mellows out. Can see how this influenced the EDM scene and more.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

Loved it. This is what electronic music should sound like.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
5

Second The Chemical Brothers album on this list and first chronologically in their discography. I have listened to "Exit Planet Dust" before, but for some reason it didn't left any impression in me. After more thorough listening session, I thought that I like this album more than "Dig Your Own Hole", but still my favourite is "Surrender". Most likely through sentimental values, because songs and beats from "Exit Planet Dust" are really on par with anything else they recorded. Long parts with repeating beats, slightly changing and building momentum sound amazing on this record. Every track really held on its own and could easily be a single. After short consideration I think I will give it a 5 star, but probably one of the weakest so far - I enjoyed this album, but I feel something is missing.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

Yes yes yes quality solid tunes begining to end. Reminds me of the 90s me lad when me hair was long and my knees where strong.

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Mon Aug 14 2023
5

It is a pure magical experience. To have an album that is basically a continuum mix is truly marvellous.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
5

Bought it in the 90s, and it is good. No mistake, it is repetitive. Not only is it repetitive, it is also repetitive. Coupled with how often it repeats itself, you might think the repetition would get repetitive, but somehow the repetitiveness is ABSOLUTELY AWESOMENESS. There's so much to love about this. It's catchy, it's clever, it's immaculately produced and it absolutely does not feel like it's almost thirty years old. The brothers' gonna work it out.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
5

De eerste beats worden ingezet en je wordt er eigenlijk gelijk vrolijk van. Als muziek dat vanaf de eerste toon kan bewerkstelligen, dan doe je iets goed. Je kan wel horen dat het inmiddels al flink wat jaren oud is, maar toch doet het niet gedateerd aan. Misschien waren dit de hoogtijdagen van de house, of big beat, of acid house, of electronica, of weet ik veel hoe al die stijlen heten. Of misschien is het een soort jeugdsentiment, een verzameling herinneringen aan de hand van de muziek van vroeger. Maar dit was weer lekker ouderwets genieten, terwijl ik eigenlijk geen enkel nummer herken als hitje. Zoals Eric zou zeggen: 10 sterren!!!

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Thu Sep 14 2023
5

Zodra je het album aanzet weet je het al: The Brothers Gonna Work It Out. De broers spelen met de digitale mogelijkheden en weten het continue interessant te houden. Onder andere door het vlekkeloos invoegen van bijzondere samples. Niet alleen de losse nummers krijgen de aandacht. De nummers op het eerste deel van het album vormen één geheel, terwijl er een behoorlijke variatie is. Aan de titels van de nummers te zien is dat ook wat ze willen bereiken. De luisteraar meenemen langs de verschillende (break)beat stijlen. Van bijna Leftfield achtige stukjes in het begin tot een triphopnummer aan het einde. Ik pak er even één uit. Chemical Beats is een echte Big Beat plaat, waarbij het hoofd niet netjes met de beat meeknikt, maar één keer in de paar seconden met kracht naar beneden dropt. Zoals bij Smack My Bitch Up van de Prodigy, maar dan wel een paar jaar eerder. Om maar even aan te geven dat je niet om dit album heen kan. 10 sterren!

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

I like this album. I know some of Chemical Brothers' songs but they were not here. Still really good album.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

I think that this is my favourite Chemical Brothers album. I actually listened to this the other day, but any excuse to go again...

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

I love this album - I put so many tracks from this album on mixtapes. Theres a theme for pretty much everything in here. Great beats and a fantastic groove. It stands up to the test of time, and is just as good to listen to now as it was in the 90s. 5/5

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Mon Oct 16 2023
5

I knew I liked big beat, but not like this. The record runs without seams, which is appropriate for the wordless senseless assault. Just drum machines for an hour, I wrote about the Chemical Brothers before; It's still fair but has depth this time and then some. Exit Planet Dust won't make you much of a partner dancer as it soundtracks the rest of your life.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

Awesome music! Great to have in the background while doing chores and stuff, or driving around.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
5

More like smoking planet dust and then dropping this bomb

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

This album is incredible and an undeniably important part of electronic music, still sounds great even to this day.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

I love this album. Absolute game changer for electronic music at the time, demanding to be listened to from start to finish.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
5

I listened to this a lot in the.mid 90s. Don’t feel like it’s aged well but it definitely took me back.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Good background music to work to. Not very memorable to me, but I still enjoyed it.

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Wed Dec 02 2020
4

reminded me of being a seedy teenager in the late 90s, and of all those seedy cunts that listen to this type of tweaker shit. great album

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

interesting. normally not a fan of the "edm"kind of music but this is enjoyable!!

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

It's pretty fun techno/house. Not really my genre but I still enjoyed it

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Nice album thanks the chemical brothers

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Awesome relatively unknown Chemical Brothers album (atleast for me), brings me back to the rythem bangers of the 90's

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

This album is pretty dope - lots of really catchy loops and beats. 'Three Little Birdies Down Beats' and 'Chico's Groove' are the highlights for me. Easily a 4 star, closer to 4.5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Great for a listen while on a run

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

I had this CD in my car for ages. The Chemical Brothers are GODS in their field.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Good background music, chill beats.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

Excellent, hard driving dance pop.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

I'm giving this a 4/5 solely because this type of music was in nearly every damn movie i watched growing up in the 90's and 2000's. From "Swordfish" to "The Matrix" this type of music is ingrained in me to like.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Super bon album, les sonorités classiques des frères chimiques!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Pretty good house/electronica, but I prefer their tracks without vocals to the ones that have them.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Un disco muy prendido, para pasarla a gusto y en tachas. No tengo mucho que decir, me da energía y levanta el ánimo, puro party y mi parte favorito es la triada de los beats: "Three Little Birdies Down Beats", "Fuck Up Beats" y "Chemical Beats". 8/10

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Pues bien en general, la primera parte del disco me pareció bastante divertida, movida, uplifting, etc. Agradezco que no haya lyrics realmente aquí. Aun así, conforme más avanzaba el disco me empezó a perder poco a poco. La que más disfruté fue Three Little Birdies Down Beats, porque sus beats son muy característicos de los noventa. Mood: Rave en la carretera a 180 kms/hr

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