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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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2.74

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4607

Genres

  • 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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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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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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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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Thu Apr 14 2022
1

Tech-NO

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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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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 Mar 26 2021
3

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

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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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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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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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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Awesome

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Thu May 06 2021
5

richtig gutes Album, schön abwechslungsreicher Elektro

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Found a new favorite artist

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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 Nov 04 2022
5

I like it

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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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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

nice

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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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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Yassss

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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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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Sounds like Orbital to me!

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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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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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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 Apr 28 2022
4

Electronic danceable chill

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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 05 2022
4

Cool house/trap sound.

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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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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Cool space sounds

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

sound of snilver

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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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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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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Reminds me of watching Hackers and creating for DeviantArt.

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Fri Jan 08 2021
3

Nice Techno Album

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Wed Dec 02 2020
3

Good background music if I'm at work. If I'm trying to read something, then no.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Not the biggest fan of this genre but it was enjoyable.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

что-то не зашло, может под настроение не попало

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Este disco está interesante. Desafortunadamente la página de Wikipedia no dice mucho sobre cómo fue producido, pero me da curiosidad saber si todo fue mezclado “en vivo” o ya utilizaron computadoras para hacerlo. Si fue lo segundo, debieron ser equipos relativamente sofisticados para la época. Musicalmente me agradó, pero tampoco me fascinó. Los sampleos están muy bien hechos y la música está padre, pero algunas canciones duran demasiado y se vuelven tediosas. Aún así, queda padre como música de fondo y con gusto lo volvería a escuchar.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

The first couple songs were hard to get into. It defitely picks up though and helped motivate me to clean my kitchen. I listened to a lot of this type of music in the mid-late 90s - so it's enjoyable. Bits and pieces sound too much of the 90s, a bit stale. But overall I liked this.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

for a purely instrumental album it was really cool

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Last couple of tracks drag a bit long, but overall good electronic groove.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

yeah it was alright was into 3.5

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Some of the songs actually annoyed me, but I feel hesitant to blame the music, maybe I was in a bad mood. I lieu of giving it another listen, I'll just give three stars instead.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

solid early techo album. Didn't blow me away and was less clubby than I was expecting.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

beep boop

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Good work focus music, but not for anything else

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Very mid-90s, some cool synth sounds!

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Niet slecht, maar ook niet helemaal mijn ding verder.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

instrumental trance. good stuff.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Bit too experimental for me

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I'm having a very hard time rating this. It isn't bad, it just all blends together. For this type of music, I don't think I'm equipped to judge.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

groovy trippy vibes if you want to have a weird trip use this

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Thu May 20 2021
3

I've listened to Orbital before but not this album. I know them from the Mortal Kombat soundtrack. It's fine for background music. Not something I'd listen to regularly.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

It started strong, but the weird speech insertions and repetition kind of wore me down after a while.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Nice for the background, but not much more.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Da intelligisiert er sich dahin, der ich sag mal "Deutschlehrertechno" (hier natürlich jede im Land des Rezipienten gelehrte Muttersprache einsetzen). Und es ist nicht alles nur lyrisch, sondern immer auch mal schön auf die 12, zum Beispiel in Sad but True und Crash and Carry. Und genau da gefällt mir das Album am besten. Wenn einem zwischendurch mal die Entenfüße einschlafen, wie z.B. auf Kein Trink Wasser (Achtung, Deutschlehrer, bitte mal den Wortwitz aufklären wer kann!), wird man anschließend mit ein paar Quality Seconds unsanft geweckt, dieser Komplex hatte in seiner Dichotomie allerdings auch nur in etwa den Originalitätsfaktor eines von mir mit 17 aufgenommenen Mixtapes. Zum Abschluss hin dann wieder etwas "Intelligent Techno", diesmal aber in wärmer und flächiger und vielleicht nicht ganz so ausgetüftelt. Ich würde dem ganzen mal 3,1 Punkte geben.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Völlig unaufgeregte Strukturen, Beats durchgängig und ungebrochen, Schichtungs-Pop, das Copy’n’Paste Pflänzlein wird ordentlich gedüngt, seine Früchte zur Überreife gezüchtet. „Sad but True“ will eskalieren, fängt sich dabei aber etwas zu früh wieder ein; kann als programmatische Leitlinie für das gesamte Album gelten und degradiert vieles zu recht durchschaubaren Rockismen. Aufregend bleibt allein die Fülle und Balance ihrer Songideen, nicht aber deren Umsetzung. Etwas nervig ist jedoch der überbordende Gebrauch von spoken word/footage Schnipseln. Leicht überkritische 3.1

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Orbital has been a major influencer in the British Electronica movement and genre, and this album shows a much more atmospheric approach to the genre. Intermixed with vocals and what sounds like taped conversations, the album flows into a delightful background of cacophony and noise. Unlike other groups of their era, this one feels content to dip toes into the industrial sounds without going completely in, but also stays away from any major attempt at singles.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Es bueno escuchar estos discos por razones históricas. Siento la música muy superada pero hay rolas que aguantan un sentón.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This grew on me. Might listen to it again if I need to be hyped up during a boring work task.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

A solid groove of an album. Songs weren't all that distinct from one another but I danced pretty much the whole time. The last track felt like the end of a long dance party and I felt good and ready to go home.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

This upbeat electronic music wasn't bad. I wasn't over the moon about the album, but I found myself bouncing to the beat through much of it.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Techno 101, very inoffensive but hardly genre defining

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Electrónica, con un toque de psicodelia

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Really interesting eclectic sound

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Interesting album. Mostly long and meandering, but the last song is really something. Damn though it takes its time getting there. 3.5 🌟

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Would be a 2.5 if possible

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

It's really good, and a step up from the previous album, but this is the second orbital album on the list, it's not different enough for me to get too excited about.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

5/10

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Blev impulsivt skeptisk till 90-talstechno, men blev senare glatt överraskad! Det är en sorts "ambient techno", stämningsfull och härlig att ha i bakgrunden. Beaten är träffsäkra och allt känns extremt väl uttänkt. Ibland blir det väl lite för repetitivt (men det får man väl räkna med), som i avslutningslåten Attached. Gillar särskilt Forever, Science Friction, och 15-minuters-eposet Are We Here?, som är som ett äventyr genom olika stilar, känslor och platser. Bästa låt: Någon av de tre jag nämnde ^

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

eka biisi hyvä, sitten vähän suvantoa ennen kuin lopussa taas paranee. Varmaan tää pätee teknolevyihin yleensä että osa biiseistä ei iske. 3/5, voi tulevaisuudessa nousta.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Not really my style, had trouble getting into it.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

Very Aphex Twin like... Repetitive, but not annoyingly so. Actually made some really nice background music for working. A couple of duds, but overall not too bad for being a relatively unplayed album.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Not really into techno these days, never heard of this Dj or album before, quiet enjoyable would listen to again.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Alhoewel ik meer van de up-tempo dance muziek ben, vind ik dit wel heel interessant. Ambient? Zwaar relaxed. De nummers hebben leuke melodie'tjes en "Forever" heeft misschien wel hit-potentie als het in een ander jasje zat. Mijn favoriet is echter het meer up-tempo nummer "Quality Seconds" :-) ***

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

First time listening. Had it on in the background, it was alright. Couldn't tell you much about the individual tracks though.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Beep beep sheep

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

At times great to work to, then it’d start talking to me.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I probably would have liked it back in the day. But it sounds dated, now. I like some tracks. Some are actually annoying. Like "Quality Seconds". I like "Kein Trink Wasser".

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Felt like some middle of the road trance to me.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Nomas para saber

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

So when I saw this album come up as my listen for today, my initial reaction was "oh no, not another electro-dance album". From what I've gleaned from the previous albums I've heard (been assigned?), these albums tend to be pretty samey and way too long. Well this one is better than most I've heard of the genre. It's still much too long. I got through the 6th song and was thinking this is pretty good, actually, then I see that of 3 of the 4 remaining songs, the shortest is 9:26, with one of them clocking in at over 15 minutes. Well the last part of the album was as good as the early part. In general terms; interesting beats, not too monotonous and overall an enjoyable listen. 3.5 🌟 (extra points because Tidal chose as the next random song after the last had played something called "Water From A Vine Leaf" by someone called William Or it, which was quite excellent).

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

In terms of electronic music I find techno to be one of the least interesting for me, at least this era of techno. I know Orbital is considered quintessential techno and I get it, but feels so dated now in comparison to modern IDM. Listening to it in a big warehouse at a rave, now that I could get into. As a casual listening experience it's meh.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Enjoyed it. Nothing ground-breaking though.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Very consistent without hitting the high points of the 'brown' album.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Not really my thing but I enjoyed it more than expected, especially the second half

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Ok electronica album, probably won’t listen again

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Neat if a little inaccessible

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Ill be honest and say I did not finish this one but I do not expect that I missed much. It was fine electronic music but it’s not for me. While I don’t need vocals I do like a melody and that was missing here.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

This falls under a group of music that I call club music without the club. While it works as a standalone listen (I do like Allison Goldfrapp's vocals), it loses power outside the club. The combination of politics and electronic music can be powerful, but some songs seem to go on a bit too long. That may work in the club, but the focus on drum and bass at the expense of melody is problematic to me.

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Sun May 22 2022
3

pa men je ova glazba dobra, pogotovo kada ima ambijentalne elemente.

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Sun May 22 2022
3

A fora je. Neke pjesme bi jako pasale u simsima. "I wish I had duck feet" hehe

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Fri May 27 2022
3

I love strong, bold roasted, black coffee, in all of its various applications: in a pint of stout, for example, or a crust application on a steak, or most definitely in the Italian dessert, Tiramisu, with its foundation of coffee-soaked ladyfingers upon which to build the layers of sweetened mascarpone cheese and cocoa. Think of each of the songs on 'Snivilisation' as laying a foundation- sometimes beginning with synthesized percussion, other times with, say, the alternating use of two synth bass parts to set the beat before the electronic percussion jumps in (‘Science Friction’); once, even, on ‘Kein Trink Wasser,’ a full three minutes of simple piano chords rapidly played- upon which layers and textures are then laid, musically constructed. There’s an awful lot of creative playfulness that went into this recording. The opening song, ‘Forever,’ was led by a spritely cymbal tapping beat to which lush synthesized string chords were added, eventually settling into a nice groove, until a surprisingly catchy bridge just slithered into the song like a snake and lingered for a while, longer than most bridges, almost like a wholly other song. ‘I Wish I Had Duck Feet,’ is as good an example as any of Orbital’s flawless skill in syncopation, with a kind of a latino flavored bit of electronica. Imagine Kraftwerk covering Santana. Keys that seem to be letting off sparks are played over a crazy chord progression on ‘Philosophy by Numbers.’ A clever synthesized xylophone arrangement is featured on ‘Science Friction.’ And Allison Goldfrapp’s periodic non lyrical vocals were a welcome intrusion, all caramel sweet and rich, with just a hint of B’jork. I’m not sure if ‘Quality Seconds’ and it’s techno-meets-thrash metal fits on this particular LP, but at a minute and a half it was quickly forgotten during the next fifteen plus of ‘Are We Here?’ I really like the Ambient genre of music, and while I favor the more a piacere compositions, I’m also finding that I enjoy some of the techno-ambient stuff out there, like this LP. Scratching my head over the title, though. It’s not spelled ‘snivel,’ so we’re not talking crying eyes and runny noses. The only information I could find was that the numerical value of Sinvil (whatever that is?) in Pythagorean Numerology is 4. And the letters ‘D,’ ‘M’ and ‘V’ all carry that same value. Some subtle reference to (and perhaps ranking of?) the cultural anthropology of the Department of Motor Vehicles? (Look at the cover art before entirely dismissing this ridiculous theory.)

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Are We Here? is a dud…a 15:33 long dud…about 1/6 of the album. Not good. Other than that this album is great techno. 15-20 years ago I would have been way into this. Today, I don’t care so much for techno, but I respect how this stands out in that space. A quality listen.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

I’m the opposite of hellyeah on this one. Most of “Snivilisation” is pretty boring techno, better as background than dance music. It probably was influential in its time, but now there are hundreds of lo-fi YouTube channels that are not far off from this. It’s “Are We Here?” that I liked best, so don’t listen to hellyeah. The drum and bass finally got me moving, and it consistently built to great breaks throughout its 15 minutes. +1 to a 2-star album.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

This one still sticks out of the Orbital catalogue as their most experimental, as the dancefloor is cleared for more dystopian underscoring. Some great riffing on Kraftwerk's Radioactivity is in there, plus the speech samples of preachers keep up the oppressive culty feel. Easy to admire but for me hard to warm to. Hoping to encounter In Sides again on the 1001 journey.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Welp, that was weird!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Generic 90s techno/dance album, some tracks are OK, some not. Nothing that stands out for me. 2.5/5

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Parts of this were enjoyable. I was out digging a trench while listening and it felt like the last song went on for a while. I just checked and it was 12 minutes! 3.5 rounded down

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

As far as techno goes, this was pleasant background music which makes it better than the vast majority of techno to me. However it was never any better than pleasant background music and the album was definitely too long. Consider the rating a generously rounded up 2.5

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Good trance-y techno. Quality music for working or driving, but I'm not sure this would suffice too long for active listening. Still, for what it is, it's great.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

It was okay, but nothing special for me

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

beep boop boop bop beep Reminds me of the song in spongebob where they think mr krabs is a robot

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Generally felt like mediocre Radiohead. Songs were too long (some 15 min) to keep my interest

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Nice album. I never loved orbital but was good remembering

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Very enjoyable

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

"Snivilisation" is the third studio album from the British electronic duo Orbital which consisted of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll. Other descriptors of the music are techno, ambient techno and IDM (intelligent dance music). For this style of music, I thought the songs were original with different dance beats, samples from movies and songs and a musical variety between and within songs. Also relevant is the fact that this album was released at the time of the Criminal Justice Act which gave the British police more power to break-up unlicensed raves. And there is a song on that. The album kicks off with "Forever" and voice samples and ambient music. It gets more upbeat but is still pretty chill. Complex keyboards and melody. "Sad But True" features Alison Goldfrapp on vocals. This has more of a dance groove and is hypnotic in a creepy sort of way. Weird keyboards and noises. No, not a Metallica cover. "Philosophy by Numbers" samples a chemistry experiment from the 1951movie "The Man in the White Suit" and it sounds pretty cool like bubbles and dogs barking. Worth listening to the song solely for that. "Are We Here" is the second song featuring Allison Goldfrapp and here her vocals and backing vocals are used extremely well. The drum beat is rapid at time and sometimes sounds like a drum line. A sample of the Specials' "Man at C&A." Four minutes of silence in the song to protest of the Criminal Justice Act. There is a lot to listen to at 75 minutes long but the duo does a good job mixing things up to keep it interesting. One of the better albums I've heard in the electronic music genre and I can see its inclusion in the 1,001.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

cool

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

beep beep bop. in a certain mood I might be able to listen to this whole album and enjoy it, but not today

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Snivilised.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Snivilisation is the third album by British electronic music duo Orbital. It is a techno album released in 1994, and it peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. I really liked this album and appreciated listening to the early music of the modern day EDM scene. This techno still holds up to this day as being funky and danceable.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Pozytywne zaskoczenie ze strony wyspiarskiej sceny muzyki elektronicznej, plyta z 94, techniawa, ale ambientowa, spodziewalem sie jechanki, a calkiem czilowe 75 minut odsluchu bylo, klimat rodem z texhnolyze, chociaz moze nie az tak ciezki, bo zdazaja sie kawalki z ktorych bije pogoda jak z kein trink wasser utwor ktory idzie na plejke za openingowe klawisze, kolejnym bedzie sad but true, chociaz hajlajtem calego odsluchu bedzie raczej are we here, tylko jeden problem z tym kawalkiem jest taki, ze ma on 15 minut, wiec malo plejlistowy czas grania, chociaz calosc jest pocieta w dosc dlugie fragmenty, bo 75 minut jest rozbite zaledwie na 9 trakow, dobre uczucie pozytywnie sie dac zaskoczyc przez taki duet jak Orbital

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

A trip-hop odyssey that at points loses sight of its destination. Alison Goldfrapp sings some lovely guest vocals though.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

3.4 - Ambient techno. I wonder if (when?) some AI bot will soon be able to churn this type of music out spontaneously, assuming that isn't happening already. Standout: "Kein Trink Wasser."

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Surprisingly engrossing. Perfect headphone music for doing boring adult admin work.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Sikkert nyskapende da det kom, men føles kjedelig og datert nå.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Neat sounding background music.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Possibly damnation via vague praise here, but when they ditch the less interesting (but appealing to critics) ambient stuff and cut loose with abandon, this album flies. As a result, the back end of the album like Quality Seconds and Are We Here is much better than the front. Fun, but innesential.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

perfectly fun to listen to, but ultimately not the most fulfilling, memorable, or substantive electronic headmusic LP. Still, nice.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

It was nice to have on in the background. probably won't listen to it again.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
2

And it's more UK 90s techno. Author really lets you know when he has favourite little scenes - this is a complete non event of an album and there's no legit reason it should be on the list. Just nameless, boring techno. And 75 minutes of it! 2/5.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

I like the one that went bee boo boo bop

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

its aight, just trance

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

A smile when I saw this long lost album. Then I heard it and realized why it was forgotten.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Máquina. Coñazo muy largo.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

No le voy a poner un 1 porque es buena música de ambiente

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Probably good for what it is? It was fine as background

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

I wish I had duck feet as well, but I'm not really sure I understand the song. At all. I'm reminded of playing SSX for some reason. And for that, you get two.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

4

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

Iets te abstract voor mij.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Mid-nineties dance. Important, but I guess you had to be there in the field. BT: Forever, Sad But True, Crash and Carry

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Eh very spacey, pretty strange, probably won't return to it.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

It's fine for the elevator or going to bed.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Bad taste poppy electro.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Didn’t like. Made my head hurt. Not a fan of techno

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Techno Electronica teilweise fand ich eher Richtung ambience Nicht für mich, auch wenn man hin und wieder einfach mitgrooven muss

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

First Listen. Pretty much good background music. Don't know if this one will grow on me with more listens. 2/5 for now.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

I honestly didn’t think the music could irritate me more than this album’s stupid title but it really outdid my expectations. Literal hatred: I refuse to believe the laudatory reviews about this overlong trudge of pretentious monotony can represent anything other than drug nostalgia.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

I was feverish and had a headache while listening to this, which might have affected my reaction to it. Kind of like the time I binged Black Mirror while in the hospital recovering from surgery. Not a great idea. This just sort of made my head want to explode. 2 stars.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Only got about 3 songs in. Snooze fest

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Hard to listen to

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Wow quelle album bizarre. Je n’ai pas detester mais cest un peu too much electro. Quand mem bon mais a petite dose 3.15

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

Nothing special, clicky ambient...

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

This project so far has had its fair share of electronica in this playlist. Each has been in its own niche. This one fits in the "long and repetitive" niche. I laughed out loud when I read it was on a list of the 25 best dance albums ever, as I had spent a lot of the time listening to it thinking, "how would you dance to this?" Not that there aren't some cool things here. But I noticed that there was a vast difference between my feeling after listening to the entire album (minus 3 minutes, see below) and listening to 30 second samples of each track for a review. The first eight notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, for example, is brilliant. Hearing it repeated over and over for 9 minutes without ever moving on to another phrase would make me murderous. "Forever" was a good and hopeful start to the album for me. I liked the sound of it quite a bit. "I Wish I Had Duck Feet" was an interesting collection of sounds and percussion. Still liking the album although both tracks were overly long. "Sad but True" was where it started getting on my nerves. "Crash and Carry" was your standard '90's dance club beat, but I always found those boring and long. "Science Friction" had an interesting enough sound but like so much of this album, repeated ad infinitum. I liked the voice samples in "Philosophy by Numbers" but not much else. "Kein Trink Wasser" went on forever in a piano-pounding, nerve-fraying way. "Quality Seconds" then blared out of the speakers and I thought my music player had malfunctioned. Very jarring but mercifully short (if still repetitive). "Are We Here" went on for twice as long as the songs I've labeled "too long." And I will confess that I skipped about three minutes towards the end of the 12.5 minutes of "Attached." I was just feeling done with it. Did I miss anything?

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

I Wish I Had Duck Feet är en briljant titel på en låt men det är också det enda briljanta med denna skiva. Kein Trink Wasser har ngt men annars känner jag att jag lagt 90-talets techno-scen bakom mig. Vill jag vältra mig i nostalgi slår jag snarare på VM-krönikan från samma år

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

standard issue electronic music

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Mon Dec 20 2021
2

5/10

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

First song was ok, 2nd song made me want to pee... it all went downhill from there.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

5/10

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Glad I don't ever have to listen to this again. 3/10

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

4/10. Some of the songs are actually pretty enjoyable, but most of those still go on way too long.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Alku hyvä, mut sit sukellettiin aika sakeisiin ysärisoundeihin eikä enää muutenkaan mitään säväyttävää. 2.5/5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Very OTT. Not my vibe, but an interesting listen.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Did not age well. I think in the right timeline and with enough drugs people would enjoy this, but I don't hear much to like in this.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Just because it’s British doesn’t mean it’s good or a “must listen to.” Sub-par techno.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Not really be my cup of tea

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

The project has its high moments and is a fine background record. But it's also far too long and uneven in quality, interest, and genre.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Meh. I don't dislike ambient music, I just don't see the point. You can't sit and listen to it. You can't dance to it, unless you're on acid, and it's too intrusive for me to have on while working. It would be fine, but the voice samples are very annoying.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

I like Orbital in bite sized chunks. Especially their versions of the Saint and Doctor Who themes. they're bangers. Satan and The Box slap too. This album though. too long. too boring. too self indulgent.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

idk what to expect from the cover. its good but boring i think

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

Um, not my thing.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Had some interesting moments, but it was a bit of a chore and I'll probably never listen to this again.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
2

didn't finish

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

repetitive, so boring

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Fri May 06 2022
2

blippetti bloppetti. och inte på ett kul sätt tycker jag

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Sometimes decent, sometimes painful, really long

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Von denen kannte ich immerhin „The Box“, weil es damals™️ auf MTV lief und das im Gegensatz zum Großteil der Rohrkrepierer auf dieser Platte irgendwie zügiger in die Gänge kommt. Mir geht es hier nicht anders als bei der meisten elektronischen Musik und ich frage mich, wo das hinwill. Auf Zeuch würde die Freude an der an sich ereignislosen Repetition sicherlich gleich verständlicher, was mehr über einen selbst als über die Musik aussagt. Aber man kann sich ja nicht vor jeder Elektro-Platte irgendwas reinziehen. [gähnt und kaut und fühlt sich an früher erinnert].

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Just a load of uninteresting blips and bloops

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

It's fine, but not a genre of music I'd really listen to. Could be good for working.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

Falls straight into the outdated 90s techno/acid house bucket. Overlong and underwhelming tracks means this LP is only good as a reminder of decades past, one that’s probably not worth too many revisits at that.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

Unfamiliar with them. Started off great then went south quickly. Listened but don't remember. Orbital 2 is two albums away - hopefully better.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

Man, this kind of music just does not do it for me.

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