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Snivilisation

Orbital

1994

Snivilisation
Album Summary

Snivilisation is the third studio album by British electronic music duo Orbital, released on 23 August 1994 by FFRR Records. The album peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart, and had sold over 80,000 copies in the United Kingdom by April 1996.

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2.73

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Electronica

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Sun Nov 07 2021
1

1994 was an amazing year. At a Halloween party that year, I hooked up with a beautiful Asian woman dressed as a cat (she could have been any nationality now that I think about it, and was dressed as an Asian cat - anything was possible in '94). I was dressed up as The Joker. Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's Batman to be precise. She and I left the party to go to her place and fool around. Before things got too deep, she paused and said, "Now go into the bathroom and take off your makeup. I want to see what the real Joker looks like." We'd been making out a while, and she had some of my Joker makeup on her face so it was hard for me to take her seriously. I told her this was my true appearance. Apparently, I was quite protective of my secret identity back in those days. We all were. I went down on her as the Joker instead. That's who I am. I'm a giver. That's as far as we got. Joker Brand Products didn't include Joker Brand Condoms in '94. If they existed, they'd surely be purple and shaped like a smiley face. I still think about that little minx a lot. We probably could have built a wonderful life together. 1994 was also the year Jackie Kennedy, Kurt Cobain, and Nicole Brown Simpson died. It was the year when the baseball strike cancelled the World Series, and this album was released. So it wasn't all hooking up with Saucy Asian Felines, even though it felt like it was. I also met my future wife a week after that Halloween party. We were married for 9 years until she divorced my ass, but have two wonderful children together who continue to amaze, inspire and fill me with joy everyday. What I'm saying is a lot of good things came out of 1994, but this album certainly wasn't one of them. Thankfully it wasn't on my radar in '94. In fact, I didn't have to suffer listening to any of this until today. But life's funny like that. Maybe I went to that Halloween party because there was no World Series. If the Joker had more than one night with that Asian Cat Lady, I would have never met my (first) wife, would never have experienced the joy of my children. Which reminds me: on our first date, my wife and I went to the movies. I wanted to see Pulp Fiction, but went the safe route and chose Forest Gump. And I bet if we saw Pulp Fiction that night, we'd still be married. That Asian Cat Lady would have LOVED Pulp Fiction as much as I still do. Maybe if this album was playing at her apartment after that Halloween party, I would have gladly washed off my Joker makeup. Maybe we would have had unprotected sex. Anything to drown out this album.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

The bleeps where very bleepy and the bloops where just as bloopy. Not something I would of seeked out but glad I gave it a listen.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Although Orbital's music is classified as "techno" there can be no doubt the brothers' skills transcend that poppy genre and this album is their finest work. It is a concept album so you must listen to it from beginning to end and every track (with one exception) is excellent. The album comes to a climax on "Are We Here?". Perhaps what is most commendable about Orbital is their ability to build a beat in the abscence of a central boom-boom beat that is so common in electronic music. If you listen closely, the beat is actually built by layering the loops carefully so as to build a rhythm that dances around where the beat would be.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
1

Listening to this record is like having to watch your 6 year old brother after he just got done snorting pixie sticks and there’s no sign of his sugar high ever wearing off. Overly busy, grating electronica. Zero chill. It’s maddening.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Mysterious secrets of the rave. Minimalism, experimentalism, and classic techno collide. Conceptually rich, diverse and epic.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Packed with personality and filled with surprising twists and turns. Great beats with music that kept me guessing. Those overlapping piano loops in “Kein Trink Wasser” are beautiful. Highlights: “Sad but True,” “Crash and Carry,” “Kein Trink Wasser,” “Attached”

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Excellent background music, but not much that drives it into the foreground for me.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Acid, experimental, eerie sounds and so modern that I sometimes forget that this is more the 25 years old.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

I so wish that this kind of stuff was breaking when I turned 18. Trap and Dubstep will always have a special place but this is so much more interesting and mind blowing. Totally out of control soundscape that transports you to a different universe via an aural blackhole. This record is the 50m high solid gold gate that leads to the other astral dimensions we've been seeking since the beginning of time.

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Fri Apr 21 2023
3

this takes me back, playing in the room of every cool kid in college in the early days before we all figured out that nobody among us was really cool at all. Typical Orbital, ravey but pleasant and melodic without being too challenging, not bad really although the vocal samples are pretty annoying in places

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Fri Apr 21 2023
3

“Snivilisation”, a title with Gen X reek: easy cynicism, a cheap pun, comfortable edginess. Slowly, the kids are beginning to hate us as much as the Boomers… Dated title apart, this is alright. Better heard on headphones if not in a club, my favourite parts creep around the ears, just a little off-kilter. The sarcastic corporate samples are largely tiresome, reminders of well-worn 90’s cynicism. The best clichéd 90’s sample source will always be “Robocop”, or “Scarface” if you’re listening to the Wu Tang Clan. Unlikely to seek out again, but wouldn’t complain if someone put it on. Two point seven. Was three, but ending the record with two ten minutes-plus tracks is a contemptible move.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Is it a dance fest, am I playing Sims, or is this a happy hardcore party? Definitely a bit too crazy for me to listen to during work.

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Mon Jul 31 2023
1

Felt like I was on hold for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Orbital! I didn't realize they'd made this album. THANK YOU TO THIS LIST for enlightening me. Ever since Halcyon+on+on, I've been a fan. Easy 5 stars.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I seldom listen to electronic music so I am woefully unfamiliar with this genre and the artists who practice in it. Nice to get more intros into the form through this project. This is a really good album. I've moved beyond old prejudices I held before; the ones that had me declare "I prefer music made with REAL instruments" in some misguided torch-bearing for 'authentic' music or some such made-up nonsense standard. I am very grateful to be far more open to music made by, well, anything. I'll experience it how I experience it, or at least I do my best to program my mind to receive and perceive all art through that process. This album has some excellent music in it and I enjoyed the experience of listening to it. At times, it was a little too frenetic for me, but I understand this band was into the rave thing and that kind of music is probably right for that scene. (I'll bet that sentence comes across as unhip and square as I am in real life ;-) I am very early in learning music, mostly as a guitarist but also a little voice and piano as well as music theory through my various studies. Honestly, this album has piqued my interest in this genre, so I won't be surprised if I add it my course of studies.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Nice house/dance vibes with Snivilisation, great to chill out to or have in the background whilst working/studying. Best: Science Friction Worst: Are We Here?

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Thu May 06 2021
5

richtig gutes Album, schön abwechslungsreicher Elektro

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Very unique ambiance, I love it !

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Huge part of my 90s soundtrack

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Very cool electronica. Enjoyed it a lot

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Exactly what my brain needed on a stressful Wednesday morning. Orbital are at their best when they're doing more chilled-out stuff.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Amazingly groundbreaking IDM from the 90's. Still sounds fresh and new.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

I’ve listened to orbital before and loved them so seeing this album come up got me excited and it was a really good listen! All tracks I really enjoyed.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

A peculiar album, even the repetitiveness of the album doesn't make it boring, it makes you follow a kinda dream. It's just so interesting to hear but I don't think it's and album to hear everyday or every moment

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Wow, amazing album. One of the Best things that happened in 1994. I have never heard about this band until 1001. Thank you!

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Pretty good beats to relax to.I was doing other stuff while I was listening.Perfect for that.

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Wed Mar 29 2023
5

This is right up my street. Added to my collection, heard a fair bit of dirge from orbital, and some that I absolutely love, (illuminate is my absolute fave and I can't stand David Gray usually). Anyway, this was a great listen, not one for every day, but great end of busy week relaxing album.

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Fri Mar 31 2023
5

Partially too experimental, but in general - an epic electronic opus

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Thu Apr 13 2023
5

Not necessarily the Orbital album I woulda chosen, but what the hell, you can't go too far wrong. This is very much the sort of chin-stroking intellect-masturbatory music that appeals to the specific type of nerd that I am. I started out being a nowt-but-metalhead but I could see the utility in ambient music for soothing scene-setting. Orbital was the first act that made me think I could enjoy upbeat electronica too. Fave track - "Forever", maybe, or "Are We Here?" - I'd happily listen to the whole album again at the drop of a hat though...

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Thu Apr 13 2023
5

My wife introduced me to Orbital, and this is one of the albums she had a physical copy of and was in high rotation. For people who know me they would understand that I Wish I Had Duck Feet is a fave. I really like Philosophy by Numbers and the way it feels more like an extension of Science Friction. Kein Trink Wasser, Quality Seconds are great and Are We Here? is another favourite.

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Mon May 22 2023
5

Decent until Crash and Carry, then it becomes amazing.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
5

IDM with deep themes? That's like catnip to me. Love this so much.

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Sun Dec 31 2023
5

This album is so cool! Can’t believe it wasn’t on my radar before now. Right up my alley.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Very interesting and enjoyable.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

Fantastic album, arguably Orbital's best work.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Good techno.... they’ve got a serious cannon of work, these chaps!

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

It’s a bit over reliant on the vocal samples when I think they’re not necessary, but the sound of this thing is great. Not too busy, but very energizing.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Techno funk juzz from the 90s at it's finest.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

i liked this a lot more now than i did back in like '96 when i first heard it. it's held up very well.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Enjoyable background. Very cohesive and immersive aesthetic

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

I vibed with this, fun and heady

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Ik wist niet dat ze al zo lang meegaan. Fijne muziek!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Not their best but a great album nonetheless. I love Orbital’s pioneering dance sound. These feel like classical compositions in depth and heft and really elevate the genre. Probably 3.5 stars for me for this particular album but I’m rounding to 4 in case this is the only Orbital album on the list!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

It's Orbital, and if you're in the mood for Orbital, you'll like this album. It's a time period for me: Orb, Orbital, other electronica/acid house music

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Definitely eclectic but I liked it a lot! Thought about going with 5 but there really aren't any lyrics so it's not stimulating in that way. Really good musicality!

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

La pasé muy bien, parece soundtrack de película experimental con algo de ciencia ficción y me siento comprometido con eso. El sonido como de lluvia/agua de "Forever" me sacó de onda al principio. Otras canciones que me gustaron mucho: "Sad But True", "Philosophy by Numbers" y "Kein Trink Wasser". 8.5/10

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Sí me gustó bastante, un poco lo tuve que poner de fondo. Pero sí está chida su vibra ecléctica de all things EDM

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

While it might be my favorite album from Orbital, this is still a great ambient-ish techno release to check out. Favorites: Sad But True, Science Friction, Are We Here?

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

I’ve listened to songs by Orbital in the past, but this was my first time hearing a full album. I really enjoyed this album. The music is interesting and has that 90s electronic music sound with a lot of cool samples. Great music to listen to while working! My favorite songs: Forever, Crash and Carry, Kein Trink Wasser, Are We Here?

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Snivilisation is perhaps one of their most ambitious works, ranging from house to hard rock, using the voice in the subtlest of ways and integrating samples in almost mimetic ways. It is also their most "physical" album, which is a testament to the duo's greatness. (7/10) FT: Forever, Kein Trink Wasser

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Kunnon hyvä, ei merkkiäkään kämyydestä joka liittyy yleensä sekä ysäriin että reivimusaan. Etenkin tykkäsin alkupuoliskosta. Jatkoon.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Man love orbital, love this album brings back so many memories.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Excelente possibilidade de audição de eletrônico com muitas camadas de batidas e melodias.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Enjoyed this in 94 and still liked it all very much today. Quite Krafwerkian with the layered sounds and (mostly) absence of big beats a la Fat Boy Slim and Chemical Brothers. Still absolutely love Kein Trink Wasser.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Listened to Orbital back in the day. This is like comfort food to me. A headphone ride to say the least. It all flows quite smoothly except "Quality Seconds." The way the vocal samples are used is a quaint reminder of the time period in which this came out, but I think they add to the rhythm and body of the songs.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Another techno album out of madchester that I oddly like. Likely because it addition to being techno has electronic ambient elements and therefore seems more like a musical journey you go on instead of just being all smashed on pills

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Delicious, medium acidity, still very fresh, will age further.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Not Orbital's best album, but a corker nonetheless. Stand out track for me was Are We Here

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Excellent album. I particularly enjoyed Quality Seconds.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Trance usually bores me but I vibed with it today. A couple annoying clunkers but made for good morning commute background.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

This album transported me through orbit.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

No es lo mío pero me entretuve

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Not their best album. Probably not in their top 3. Still very good though.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Reminds me of watching Hackers and creating for DeviantArt.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

This was fun, definitely music for being on drugs. I like how the tracks had multiple themes that intertwined and overlayed each other instead of just relying on one riff played over and over forever. Quality electronica.

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Thu Dec 15 2022
4

Crazy funky electric beats, something that had to grow on me to really enjoy Never could listen to these songs individually tho

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Fri Jan 06 2023
4

Great merge of EDM and ambient genres.

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Mon Jan 09 2023
4

Compared to the previous Orbital album, this one has a little more variation with less club music. The club music is still the highlight and very well done.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
4

Like a dank funky version of a Mr Scruff record. I loved every second of this goofy time

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Thu Jan 26 2023
4

Diverse collection of electronic tracks. Great beats

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Sun Jan 29 2023
4

I had never heard of this and was prepared to hate it based on the title. I thought for sure it was going to be some jokey, snide, statement about how, well, civilization is sniveling. And maybe it is but that kind of thing always feels pretentious and annoying to me. So I was happily surprised to find that it's a fun, cool, 90s techno album. I like it! I don't know where the title came from, but it's not an overpowering theme in the music itself. This was fun. I should listen to more 90s techno.

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Mon Jan 30 2023
4

Initial 3, minor interest in the genre. Later after reading positive reviews and a couple more listens- 4 stars. There is a lot of different going on both in each track, and across tracks.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
4

I liked this a lot. High quality electronic shit from the 90s. Mixing and shit has the same texture and feel of Dummy by Portishead. Added something from this album to a playlist I’m working on. Not 5 stars, but a solid listen.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
4

Another great proof of concept. I like techno overall but had never hear of these guys. 1001 Albums led me to discover another great time decoration. Art decorates space and Music decorates time....

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Thu Feb 09 2023
4

Another artist I had heard of, but never heard. It was surprisingly enjoyable considering my usual tastes, great for a chilled evening. Currently sitting at artist #1207

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Fri Feb 10 2023
4

4 - very good with only 1/2 jarring tracks

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Mon Feb 20 2023
4

nice album; good for long, contemplative rides/runs/etc.

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Wed Feb 22 2023
4

Enjoyed this album surprisingly. I think my rabbit did too

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

I liked that way more than I thought I would. For ambient techno, it never quite hits that "oh just kill me" level of repetitive noise. It's interesting, complex, compelling, and really incredible GSD background music. Seriously, I was so productive with this in my ears. Well done, Orbital. You get an extra star for helping me work.

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Thu Apr 27 2023
4

Maybe an 8. I feel like it's pretty solid but I also don't care for techno.

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