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Haunted Dancehall

The Sabres Of Paradise

1994

Haunted Dancehall

Album Summary

Haunted Dancehall is the second studio album by English electronic music group The Sabres of Paradise. It was released through Warp on 28 November 1994. It peaked at number 57 on the UK Albums Chart.

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Rating

2.48

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4638

Genres

  • Electronica
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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

I was eager to stop listening to this.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Pointless bullshit noise. These aren't songs. The're pieces of songs desperately trying to pass themselves off as complete songs. Useless and angering. Why the hell is this even on the list?!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

that's a no from me dawg

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

Garbage. Just shitty electronic music like this is the 70s. No music, just random sounds. Imagine paying for this. 1/10.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Did not enjoy

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

You remember that episode of Friends where Ross made a song by playing all the weird noises on his Casio? This is that, but the noises are a yipping dog and a coffee grinder. Also, it was kind of comical when Ross did it. Best track: Wilmot

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Couldn’t get into it. Maybe it’s because I was wearing trainers.

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Tue May 04 2021
2

cover looks like it might be rockabilly, but it's from the 90s. hmm. might also be techno cause dancehall etc. haha ok it's dank 90s techno. lol and of COURSE it's from the uk. classic 1001 albums editor shenanigans. i'll give it a chance, but at 1hr 16min there's no way this isn't gonna be WAY TOO FUCKING LONG. it's pretty... minimalist? granted I'm only on about minute 8 of 75, but I think I have a pretty good idea what to expect the rest of the time. And ok yep an hour later, that was pretty lame! This would have been a 3 if it didn't stay out its welcome, because it wasn't THAT bad for the first couple of songs. But the full thing? uuughhh, fuckin hell. 2/5.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Tracks don't show much progression in their ~ 6-minute runtime. Best tracks are Wilmot and Tow Truck. 4/10, not bad but I'm always waiting for something to happen that never does

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Nix für mich

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Wed May 26 2021
1

I expected a lot more out of an album titled Haunted Dancehall. Certainly sounds like the most boring place in the world.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
1

Absolutely brutal.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

I know nothing about this album. That's always dead exciting. The songs look long which is a worry. Bubble and Slide sounds nice. Slightly afrobeaty. Bubble and Slide 2 has some lovely filters over its beat. Glitchy. I love it. Duke of Earlsfield goes dubbier. And a bit crazy towards the end, another great track. Flight Path Estate is more slight, but is also shorter in line with it's relative lack of ideas. It's immediately followed by Portishead's mix of Planet D which is straight back up there again. Gloomy and dark while also feeling quite chilled. Wilmot has a baseline that makes me want it to go full junglist lunacy... It doesn't, but I still love it. It sounds like music from the weirdest arcade machine on the planet. Tow Truck is actually pretty sexy - like spy film music. Theme follows in a similar style, before another short noise experiment called Theme 4. In short, I am coming back to this, and I an gutted it's never had a vinyl repress - C'mon Warp Records, please do it!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

It's of a time. I bet it sounded rad in 1994

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Funky. Good background music. I'm bobbing my head along to it as I work.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

On of the best electronic albums I've heard

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Thu May 06 2021
3

enjoyed it more the more i listened. interesting.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Going in, I had no idea what to expect from Haunted Dancehall, as I had never heard of Sabres of Paradise, and am not generally interested in techno. To my surprise, Haunted Dancehall isn't bad at all. The Sabres position themselves halfway between ambient and dance music. I can easily imagine this playing in a bar or club or sushi restaurant. It's pleasant sonically and has a laid back, cool vibe, but has enough energy to provide a consuming mood, whether that consumption be food, drugs or alcohol. The first few tracks are quite abstract. The sound sources are varied and quite tasteful. No horrid synth patches here. The sonic manipulation is creative and tasteful as well. The rhythms are mostly fairly simple. The interest comes from how the various elements fit together. On these early tracks, the Sabres sometimes deconstruct the tunes a bit to point out the art in what they're doing. It's a savvy strategy because the parts fit together so naturally, the effort and creativity involved would otherwise go unnoticed. About six tracks in, the tunes get less abstract and more songlike. For me, this is a mistake because it calls too much attention to the functional nature of the music. This kind of music should glide over the smooth brains of the listeners, lulling them into the desired emotional state. Even here though, the same virtues of economy, taste, and studio mastery remain. After a few tracks, the Sabres return to a more abstract style for the rest of the album, which I actually prefer. How do I rate this? It's quite well done, but this is functional music, not really meant for close listening. If I put this on a playlist, it would be as a palate cleanser. Is it wrong of me to refuse to give a higher score because of a perceived lack of artistic ambition? Maybe. It feels like snobbery. Oh well. 3.5/5

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

This is why I don't like skipping albums! When listening to 'Bubble and Slide' as the first track I almost wrote this album off as a psychedelic bore. That couldn't be further from the truth. I could imagine that certain substances may enhance the experience of this album but it was enjoyable whilst working away regardless. I found myself head bobbing away slowly when listening to tracks like 'Planet D' and 'Tow Truck' put me in the mindset of James Bond as a lead character in Snatch. This whole album was a chilled out trip that I would never have had the pleasure of riding usually. 3/5 because of the lack of wow factor but this was a lovely listen.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

Being given the accolade of "the 47th best album of 1994" really feels about right, for this.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
1

I think this aged poorly. Sounds like robots banging on garbage.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

nice songs for coding...

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Completely unfamiliar with this one. I like it a lot. An innovative techno LP from 1994. Standout tracks: "Duke Of Earsfield", "Wilmot", "Tow Truck", "Theme", "Ballad Of Nicky McGuire"

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Spooktacular 👻

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

One of the all time greats.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Comes ar you like a ray, like a beam. Loved it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

amazing

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Best Sabras of Paradise album? Probably, starts off with the classic sounds of Bubble and Slide and contains The Balled of Nicky McGuire, one of the best electronic songs of the 90s.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Oh heck yeah! I loved it!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Surprisingly good.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

в целом я понимаю смысл нахождения этого альбома в списке. альбом в большой степени состоит из зацикленных ударных, пропущенных через дилэй и прочую гадость: такой саунддизайн был необычен в 1995, и по прежнему остается таковым. структуры в треках этого альбома крайне устарели на наше время, но я уверен, что этот альбом вдохновил многих современных продюсеров на усовершенствование находок самих Сабель, напрмер характерный подгруженный синтезированный бас, ставший столь модным за последние лет 10. интересно, свежо и крайне изобретательно, но не бриллиантово, поэтому 8/10.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

I like it. Would be 3.5. But tiebreaker I’ll lean up.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Me gustó pero no es para todos los públicos

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Techno. Parece banda sonora.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Theme y wilnot

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Never even heard of these but absolutely loved it. Like listening to one of those albums as a teenager where you just wanted to know more about them and listen to everything. Fantastic.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Pretty mesmerizing by the end

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I would listen to this again. It was pretty chill while I prepped dinner.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Pleasant surprise. Enjoyable listen, not sure it will be a regular listen mind.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Brilliant stuff - gets better and better as it goes on

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Слушать можно, не раздражает

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Seemed to the nail the vibe it was going for

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Oh my....

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

A techno concept album. Worked for me.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Brilliant stuff - gets better and better as it goes on

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

It was nice to have this album pop up the week before Halloween. True to its title, HAUNTED DANCEHALL would make a great soundtrack to a Halloween cocktail party. Or any shmoozy cocktail party. Or the dim lobby or lounge in a boutique hotel. I enjoyed having this music on. There are some great beats, unique sounds, and interesting melodies. Hard to pick any favorites as all worked well for me. Loved the music and sounds in “Tow Truck” and “Theme” had some cool beats and guitar. The title track “Haunted Dancehall” was well-titled and would make great music for a horror movie. Loved it! The album isn’t something I’d put on as an activity in and of itself, but it makes great background music for doing other things. The music is interesting without being overly distracting. HAUNTED DANCEHALL is long, but that works fine when I’m listening to it in the background. It’s full of tricks and treats, not boring or annoying as it explores some unique musical soundscapes.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

I listened to this while having some Guinness and talking about life with my brother, for that it is really fitting. Really unique ambient house with some interesting textures, especially on the drum tracks. A lot of the songs feel like you're listening to an 808 trapped inside of a black hole

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

massa, viu

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Some very good songs on this record, especially the Ballad of Nicky McGuire and the closing title song, but also a few tracks that I found quite repetitive and uninteresting (Wilmot for example). So overall a good album, but not as good as I remembered it to be.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Really interesting sonically. Can tell that this album had an influence on the urban/hardccore music to come from the UK in the years to follow.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Mad techno sounds and cool beats and includes the classics Wilmot and Theme. Play this in the background to improve your focus.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

As soon as I saw this was on Warp Records, I knew to expect something off-beat and interesting. Put this on in my earbuds while running errands. Great instrumental background music. Very interested in hearing more of their work.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

This record is a mood. I like it and I will listen again. Wilmot is my favorite track.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Very tasteful techno music during the whole project, which is one of the best of the genre at least of that period.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

It was a good background work album

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Pretty niche electronica, but plenty of interest, I really enjoyed it

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

some good tracks, but not didn't feel enough to go back to it...

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Обычные, но все же приятные ритмы и необычные звуки, но больше ничего. Этот альбом был бы хорош как саундтрек к какому-нибудь платформеру, но в музыкальном плане эта работа не очень

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

instrumental. a bit weird. I doubt ill listen again

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Wed May 12 2021
3

I tried, really not my thing, plus I was falling way behind!

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Chill dancehall/ early dub. Alot of the songs sounded like they were about to pick up, or about to end, but just kept going. Okay at best in my opinion.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Ближе к 4

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

OMG a 90's album, I didn't think it was going to happen. I have never head this before.... not sure I need to again. Its more interesting than most of the stuff we have been feed so far. The only thing I think when I listen to this is... Beastie boys instrumentals do it better. meh out of 5

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Fri May 07 2021
3

At first I thought this album was a bit dull, but about halfway through I really enjoyed some of the songs. This is fairly minimalist music and I’m surprised it takes 3 people to create this

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Pretty solid techno.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Portsihead song was the best out of the bunch. Decent background music.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

A totally unusual and unique mindfuck. I think it was absolute genius but I think you gotta be out of it to appreciate it's finer details.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Pretty cool. Like early minimalist electronic, but cos of the era u can hear The Prodigy vibes, some similar tempos. Decent, easy to listen to. 3/5

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

This sort of music I can really enjoy but I don't know if I 'get it' like other people do because I can enjoy music of this kind that's considered to be bad as much as that thats considered to be good and I might not even be able to tell the difference. But like if I'm listening to it and really focussing I can kind of listen to it with my whole body and its sort of mesmirising and beautiful.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Yeah, this was pretty good. Like a cross between holiday music and when you find a really cool bar at a festival.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

I would listen to some of these songs again.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Álbum com boas opções de eletro que proporcionam um clima interessante, especialmente com o remix do Portishead

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Surprisingly good! Quite eerie but good background music for working to. Some catchy tracks

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Had me up and dancing, enjoyed the liquid style.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

This was an interesting electronic/dance album that delivered on the spookiness promised in the title. It strayed more to the side of "interesting" than to the side of "fun" or "enjoyable". It's not super relistenable, so it loses a star.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Reminds me a bit of Fluke. Less melodic than I usually like my electronica but still good.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

I enjoyed this. It's basically a lot of progressive and layered sounds/noises, so not the most compelling music in the world. But it's also pretty chill and enjoyable enough to listen to. It mostly works as background as I sit working, although sometimes the noise/dissonance gets distracting (i.e., "Flight Path Estate," "Jacob Street 7am"). I feel like it would have really benefited from a serious edit. They could have dropped several songs and had a much tighter, more cohesive album. Fave Songs: Wilmot, Ballad of Nicky McGuire, Tow Truck, Theme, Planet D

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Meh

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

A real surprise of an album, enjoyed this from start to finish and really superb in parts. Will definitely revisit

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

As I started listening to the album, I thought "Cool, a new album to add to my list for listening while working!" Instrumental music with a lite dance beat can work well for me in that setting. As I continued to listen, I became more and more irritated (as did my dog) by metallic tinniness within many of the compositions that felt more like noise than an enhancement to the tune. By the end, I was at a "probably not" with regards to keeping it in my library.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Well this was a long one, wasn't it? It certainly had a lot of electronic sounds, and not unpleasant ones. It took a long time to warm up and get going, though I imagine that this was by design. I was very happy to get to the middle section, with "Wilmot," "Tow Truck," and "Theme," where it went to interesting places beyond ambient for a while before heading back. I enjoyed those pieces. Some cool, interesting stuff.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
3

6/10

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

It's fine, but mostly feels like background music to me. Much of it is extremely repetitive. 3 stars.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Kind neat, but still more of background music.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

wilmot is a very interesting song, funky house music, would likely be better to dance to than to just listen to. Shrooms would probably help too

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Electrónico hipnotizante, antiguo

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Música electrónica. Empezó gustándome, pero terminó rayándome. Venga, un 3.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

2nd half grew on me

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Honestly not horrible! I kinda enjoyed this cause it was super different

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Perfect background music to studying or working, gaming, cooking, walking, or even reading to. Sounds like a cool soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi game or movie. At the same time, there's no memorable songs on it as it all kind of blends together. I also wouldn't listen to this much out of pure enjoyment like the 4s and 5s I've rated so far. A good album still though.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Nice background music.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Definitely some great tracks on here. My listening was a bit fragmented over the day which probably didn't help. I think there's probably a right frame of mind needed for experimental techno, or maybe not, perhaps that's the point. Wilmot is a brilliant track!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

I appreciate this as being creative but I didn't connect with it. And it felt like it was a million years long.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

3/5. Very sparse, I want more beats in the beats

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Fri May 13 2022
3

Okay

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Mon May 16 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

I liked this more than I thought I would - great music for background music/while working. Would put it on again for focusing.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

solid electronica sound. Did not strike me as overly distinctive.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Excellent road trip music when you don't know what you feel like listening too.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Música electrónica. Empezó gustándome, pero terminó rayándome. Venga, un 3.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

A bit of a slow start, but picked up a bit in the middle. Still a pretty strange album, but worth a listen.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Fine!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Un autre cas où la pochette ne m'inspirait pas. Je suis agréablement surpris de cette écoute. Plus l'album avançait et plus j'aimais pour finalement réaliser que Geoff Barrow de Portishead est impliqué ainsi que Mr. Scruff. On sent un courant de musique électronique apparaître dans cet album.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

interesting - very low fi and not my usual tea. very background music but Ballad of Nicky Maguire was good with that synth cutting in.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

This sounded like extra-harsh trip-hop and staying up all night. Not sure if that's the point, but it worked for me if it took a little long to get to it.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Weird but cool. Trip hoppy

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Didn't really know what to say about this one, other than it provided a mesmerizing soundtrack for both my wife and 5 year old grandson while they did a painting project.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

It’s definitely a vibe, so it’s not for everyone.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Experimental techno this was certainly interesting and different , glad I listen but not sure I’ll rush back.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

I'm told that this has been described as the first techno concept album (whoever said that should really get out more), but if that's the case, then I have no idea what the concept of this album is, since there are no words. It's pretty mediocre overall. Not bad by any means, but it builds very slowly and there was never really a moment that made me sit up and pay attention. By the time I was halfway through the album I was ready to be done with it 3/5

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Vooral heel weird, opzich wel toffaar niet voor vaked

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

It was pretty good to work to but a little odd/ jarrring in places.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

It was fine. I don't know. I liked a couple songs but it was boring. Would never listen again.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Old school, synthy electronic.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

well ... it’s definitely different. it went from bad to okay to bad again. I wouldn’t choose to listen to this. best track = “Wilmot”

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

Not my cup of tea really

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

4

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Wed May 19 2021
2

ambient music, needs vocals

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Was this when they had first started to use a computer to make music? I thought at the time of release in 1994 maybe this album was really groundbreaking but I googled and it peaked at 57 in the uk album charts being beaten by albums including “the hit list” by cliff Richard, “Seal II” by Seal and “Alive in hell” by meatloaf.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Was this the first dub/drum and bass album or something? Did it set the stage for acts like Left Field? Did it inspire the X Files intro? It mostly sounds like the score of a B-Movie set at a carnival. Weird sound effects and rhythm section. Not great, even the album cover is bad. There are some droning synth grooves near the end that aren’t bad. C-

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Pls more Dancehall less Halloween. Only one dancehall track. Lots of minimal spooky business. Not the sonic pallete I'm looking for unless happen to be exploring a tunnel underneath London, looking for reggae-techno-Slimer. C+

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Sort of soundtrack for movies style. Not my thing to listen to without images to pair with.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Barely above background computer game music.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Some decent moments but not my thing.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

I like 1990s techno and IDM. I like Warp Records. Somehow I never checked out this duo's music. I was pretty excited to find a new gem from this scene. Sadly, that's not what I got. Firstly, it's mostly downtempo with some ambient - so not quite what I thought (I have seen it referred to as a techno record in multiple places). But that's okay. More problematically, I find it completely half-baked. Lots of lovely sounds, but the tracks mostly feel like unfinished sketches. It's more than an hour and fifteen minutes long, and it just feels like a rough draft of ideas that needed more work. I really don't want all my mini-reviews to be "my favourite album is better than this favourite album", but let's put this in perspective. In 1994 alone, Autechre and µ-Ziq released their sophomore albums (but I assume both artists are represented elsewhere on the list, so we'll let that slide). Also in 1994: Robert Hood - Internal Empire (1994) / Plastikman - Musik (1994) / Alter Ego - Alter Ego (1994). Also in 1994, Atom™ released a DOZEN albums, and every one I've heard is more coherent than this one. There's so much to choose from, it just seems bizarre that this record made the cut.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Painfully uninteresting

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

While the opening track resembles the sound of a man flushing a thousand toilets at once, I can appreciate the tight production and minimalist beats on the majority of this record. It's a shame the record as a whole has very little substance otherwise, 2/5.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

This album was probably decent when it came out. Give me a couple hours and a laptop and I could probably make something similar today...

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Sun Jul 11 2021
2

Generic techno.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

Interesting?

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

sounds vvvv intense at first listen. Its got a lot of techno. may not make it through it. has a curious sort of vibing with my anxiety though

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

I’m okay

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

This album came out whilst I was transitioning from a top class English footballer to a run of the mill rent boy. It reminds me of those hedonistic afternoons spent plodding round the football pitch, still kidding myself that I could compete with the likes of Jamie Redknapp and Peter Ndlovu, then doing my make up and preparingmy bum for a poudning. Yes, the only place I could really compete with the likes of Redknapp was in the homes of eccentric millionaires, when we'd go round and suck their balls for pocket money. I wish I had the money the players earn now, but sadly for me it was 90 minutes of pain followed by a further 90 minutes of pain as I got bummed within an inch of my life by a grotesque, fat rich man. Of course Redknapp left that life behind, married a popstar and made obvious observations about Dele Alli on TV. I was not as fortunate. Oh to be young again.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

i was fuming about this album because it doesn't do anything so i went to look at the electronic albums released in 1994 to see why this was the one chosen. it turns out once you skip past portishead- Dummy, prodigy - music for the jilted, massive attack - protection and orbital - dubnobass that 1994 was the year that electronic music was basically all eno inspired ambient chill out stuff. who fucking knew that? good dub track in the middle, wilmot. the rest was all just a load of nothing.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

First Listen. Really hard to like. There is not much here. A lot of sounds and drums don't make a great album. I'll give it a chance..but I think 2/5 is the best this will ever get.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Started strong but with little variety soon turns to tedium.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

This is fine. Not unpleasant to listen to but nothing particularly stands out.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Ok bedre end Orbital. Men stadigvæk langt fra rigtigt fedt. Meget lange acid house numre og alt for mange af dem.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Bij het begin van het album dacht ik: "Dit hou ik nooit vol". Maar bleek uiteindelijk wel mee te vallen. Al denk ik het niet opnieuw op te rakelen om nog eens te beluisteren

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Too experimental, not enough character

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Sorta alright, not great

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Too dated and weird

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

Background music

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Trafilo gatunek ktory nie jestem w stanie zrozumiec jak zyje, inteligentna muzyka taneczna lub IDM z anglinskiego, haunted dancehall to drugi krazek z roku 94 wyspiarskiej bandy the sabres of paradise,, ktorej trzech czlonkow spolodzilo ten albumik, 14 songow i godzina 16 minut odsluchu, to jak na moje uszy stanowczo zbyt wiele, wiec ten inteligento taneczny krazek jest wystarczajaco dlugi zeby przemycic jeszcze kilka innych gatunkow muzycznych, wsrod ktorych z pewnscia znadzje sie ambient, moze same noisy, no i dub, wiec jak dla mnie traki pomiedzy planet d a theme 4 brzmialy najprzystepnie i najbardziej murzynsko, w sensie brzmia bardziej jak gotowe bity na ktore mozna sie wbic, a nie blizej nieokreslone halasowo manipulacje, wiec jesli mialbym kroic plyte, to wlasnie te czesc bym zabral dla siebie, na plejke leci planet d, podobno mial to byc jeden z pierwszych koncept albumow w gatunku techniany, ale wizja nawiedzonego dancehallu jakos nie przebiegla mi pzez mysl, ze kawalki opowiadaja jakas historie, bo nie moge tego uslyszec a jednak tak jest, moze cos sie uda ogarnac zeby zalagodzic sprawe, ale to pewno trzeba ladnie po kablach ladowac

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

seemed like a relatively primitive use of computers/synthesizers in electronic music production. may have been groundbreaking in its day but lacks impact in a modern listening environment

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

90's dance. Being on drugs and in a dimly lit field on a cold night in March with the smell of cow shit in the air would probably help with the enjoyment. Best Tracks: Duke of Earlsfield; Wilmot; Theme

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

Boring

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

I am beginning to question this entire list because of albums like this

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Of all the great stuff Warp Records released they decided to include this in this list? Why? It does get slightly better at the end though

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Thu Feb 24 2022
2

There's a little bit of nice ambience on here, but it wasn't worth an hour and a quarter of my listening time to get to.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Sounds like an annoying, repetitive, overlong version of a kraftwerk album. Also first song sounded like diarrhea

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Mostly haunted and not really dancehall

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Is this music? Meh.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Noisy.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Nice beats to have in the background

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Wed May 04 2022
2

I suppose if I was high enough...

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Mon May 09 2022
2

I don't know why this was on the list.

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Wed May 18 2022
2

This was weird

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Not really for me

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Mon Jun 13 2022
2

Oh boy…. Another one of these faux music albums…. It isn’t horrible, but seriously…did I really need to hear THIS before I die? 2/5.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

It's not bad but it really isn't more than that. It's a re-listen because I've heard the album before in the 90's. Even then I had the same feeling. It's not bad, but it never stands out. The single version of Wilmot was a lot more interesting than the version they put on the album.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
2

2/5 naaaah

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

Joutu lopettaa kesken ku ei toiminu sopivasti hetkeen. Biisien käynnistyttyä diggailin, mut tykkään vähän nopeemmasta menosta asiaan. Tän sortin genressä paljon parempiakin

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

Mitähän vittua tämäkin levy tekee näillä listoilla? Vois taas toimia sienien kanssa, mahdollisesti oluen kanssa, mutta ei missään tapauksessa koronassa. VMP!

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

The sound is too repetitive. It doesn't build quickly enough, which leaves me feeling frustrated. There isn't much complexity. I like all the individual components of each song, but they just go on for too long, and I get bored. Planet D is enjoyable. Wilmot stands out and is also notably the most played song on the album. The title song, Haunted Dancehall was fun. I'd listen to a few of these songs again but probably not the band or album overall.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

Not my thing, made me want to pee :c

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Interesting. I probably will never return to this album though – nothing really latched onto me. It's hard for me to pin the influence of this album.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

When I saw that cover art and title I thought maybe I was going to get some psychobilly or horror punk, maybe even some demented ska simular to Choking Victim What I got instead was a bunch of bleeps and bloops that rarely went anywhere. Some of the bleeps and bloops aren't too bad. The Portishead remix was especially solid. However more often that not it this album missed and I would be waiting for the song to end.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
2

One more beat tape. Sounds like some video game music. Platformer sounds

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Favourite track(s): Duke of Earlsfield; Theme Music like this makes you think about what you may base your review scores on. I would probably never listen to these tracks again just sitting down on my sofa. But for certain situations, some of these tracks may be the perfect vibe. Still, the album feels, in part, more like a collection of beat ideas than an album telling a story from start to finish.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

It has a few peaks but its not particularly interesting

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Tue Aug 30 2022
2

Wasn't much of a fan

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Not the vibe for my day today. Merits, maybe.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
2

cool sound scape but not very exciting

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

J'ai l'impression qu'il me faudrait plusieurs écoutes pour me familiariser. Ça ne m'emballe pas dès le départ.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
2

Ça fait de la musique de fond, ça vieilli plutôt mal, c’est pas super intéressant. C’est pas très profond comme album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

OK. I was expecting something a tad more eery. 2.5/5

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

I don’t get it.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

I expected this to be terrible based on other comments. And it wasn't! It was not great either though. The title is massively misleading. This is mostly okay ambient electronic music for chores or focus time on your IT job with some parts that I can only assume are random clicks on sound effect board. I am unable to estimate how original this was back in it's day but now it's as generic as self-made youtuber music for their video to not have copyright issues.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

4/10. I don't see why I have to listen to this before I die, I don't see why it was so long, and moreover I just didn't care for it much.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

4/10 did not need to hear this before I die

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

It's music and you can dance to it if you have no shame.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

I know this isn’t a great album. It’s basically just a bunch of repetitive beats and noise. …However….I did listen to it while on a road biking exercise ride, and I have to admit, it served a good purpose. It was not distracting, no vocals to draw my attention, and the music had a good pace and cadence to it that helped me just get into a zen zone and just pedal away. So it has its place.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

I had no idea what I was in for when I saw this album pop up this morning. 90's electronica from the UK. I had reservations because the last British electronica band I listened to in this generator was Orbital, and my God were they ever awful. I was pleased to find out though that these guys are much better than Orbital. Still not my favourite type of music, but it didn't irritate me like Orbital's stuff did. These guys had a few exploratory songs which were irritating, but they also tended to be shorter. When they were experimenting, the band tended to enjoy metallic tings and bangs which was annoying (Theme 4, Bubble and Slide, Bubble and Slide II) One thing these guys did do well is explore the stereo channels, making you (the listener) feel like you were standing still, and the music was moving around you, which was cool. The flow of different sound bytes, noises, and beats was by times so soothing and repetitive that it almost put me to sleep a few times. The one thing I don't get about electronica is the mostly lack of a bass line (it's there, but subtle, unlike techno or house music). Electronica has a beat which is perceived through the repetition of noises and it just doesn't hold my interest the same way a sternum rattling bass does. If this kind of music was played in a club, I can picture zombie like listeners just shuffling about and standing there staring at the wall, lulled into a trance by the music. Overall, this wasn't a terrible album. I can't see myself ever listening to it again, just because it isn't my genre of music, but I didn't mind the listen today. Favourite songs: Planet D (Portishead Remix), Theme, Tow Truck, Wilmot, Ballad of Nicky McGuire Least favourite songs: Theme 4, Bubble and Slide, Bubble and Slide II, Flight Path Estate, Jacob Street 7am, Return to Planet D 2/5

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Not for me. Just pretty boring overall.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

This was interesting for a song or two. Then it went on for 70 minutes.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Edit every song down to 3 minutes and maybe it’s a better record.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Overall pretty boring. Was hoping to hear something more moody or more atmospheric but it never happen.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in England. On the weekends, we would take trips and several times we went to London. On one of those London excursions, our professor took us to the Tate museum, which is London's modern art museum. Now, I'm not opposed to modern art, I quite enjoy a lot of it. But, when I walked into this museum and the first exhibit was a TV with a loop of a guy inhaling and exhaling a cigarette, I thought to myself, "Well that's not really something, is it?" Later in the museum, we came to an exhibit that was simply a toilet seat hanging on a wall. "Ok," I told myself, "this is definitely not art museum worthy. What gives?" Thus began a long debate with my professor and some other classmates about what defines art. My concern wasn't so much "what is art?" ...of course, hanging a toilet seat on a wall can be considered "art", my concern was "why does this belong in a museum?" The same can be said about The Sabres of Paradise Haunted Dancehall album. There are moments where the melody is interest, the beat moves, and the song has rhythm. But much of the album is empty, repetitive noise. And still, there are tracks that sound like someone sat in a big empty room with concrete walls and played around with one of those old toy Casio keyboards we all had in the 80s, using the pre-recorded beats and banging away on the keys to make "music" This isn't horrible as other reviewers might suggest, but why, why why, would anyone think this is a noteworthy album, among a mere 1001, that everyone should hear during their lifetime?

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Tue Nov 08 2022
2

Uninteresting techno. Too much echo effect. A couple tracks have a catchy hook, but not enough to make me want to keep listening. Definitely not for me.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
2

Disappointing and highly forgettable

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Sun Nov 27 2022
2

I like electronic music but this wasn’t it

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

Eksperimenterende tekno, rytmisk, hypnotiserende, stemningsfyldt

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

A couple of good ideas on there - but overall this is just someone new to garageband trying out all the features

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

This was like something we'd do in AS Music Tech. It occasionally resembled music but you would expect that from something on this list.

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Sun May 02 2021
1

nope

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Too weird

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

"Reminds me of stuff we used to make at music tech AS level" Chloe Jacob Wednesday 24 March 16.43 NOT James Cressey

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Sun Feb 07 2021
1

Awful noise

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

Ummmmm.....sure.

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