En-Tact is the fourth studio album by Scottish band the Shamen, released in 1990. It was the first Shamen album to feature Mr C, and the last to feature Will Sinnott (who died on 23 May 1991). It fused the band's past psychedelic rock sounds with the rave act it became, developing a style that represented multicultural dance music.Wikipedia
Really putting the shame into shamen
Like being at a rave with all the lights on.
Listening to this record was like washing your dick in a sink after spending two weeks shagging the granny out of your own cat.
This album started with high hopes from me. A promise of mixing psychedelic rock and hardcore hip hop rhythms from Spotify's band description, however this was not what I expected. This is because this album actually comes from their acid house era which they became known for. This album started out with a bang, and soon became very samey to me. I know that's the case with this kind of music so maybe it needs a few more listens from me to get to grips with the subtleties of it, especially as i'm not really listening well when coding these days. To be honest this is a no from me dawg. 2 because I liked some tunes but mostly it's not my cup of tea.
The Shaman were actually pretty good at one point, when Will Sinnott was still around and Mr C wasn't talking over the top of every track. This is probably their peak, when they were still mixing some of their psychedelic roots into a house sound, and before they lapsed into one dimensional rave party anthems.
You thought I was gonna give this a 1, didn't you?
Schwierig. Hat seine Momente. Über weite Strecken allerdings alles andere als abwechslungsreich. Mich nervt solche Art elektronischer Musik sehr leicht, da macht dieses Album keine Ausnahme.
I did not enjoy this even a little bit. I don't think I would enjoy this even if I was at a rave all hopped up on ecstasy. Nothing personal against The Shamen, I'm sure they are fine fellows, but it's just not my thing. 2 stars.
Absolute garbage. Repetitive, uninteresting, dated, meaningless new-agey-druggy lyrics, awful sound, terrible singing - tedious beyond belief. Not even close to being an essential album and nothing like the best example of its genre. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Don’t think this aged very well...
Horrible pseudo multi-cultural rave music. Truly execrable.
It's like someone drilling into my forehead. Make it stop.
Track 1: 9 seconds in and rapidly approaching "No." Track 2: "I'm SMOOOOTH - Like water from a fountain!" *ugh* Track 3: END
I pride myself on being somewhat of a chameleon. And being able to adapt. But someone, anyone, get me out of this gay bar.
What the fuck is this shit now? I feel a hatred and rage of Joan Crawford proportions coming on. “NO ELECTRONICA!! NO ELECTRONICA EVEEEEERRRR!!!!!”
1990 - Techno, Electronica, Acid house, House music
Really good early 90s electronic music. Solid all the way through
I am familiar with THE SHAMEN and the album EN-TACT, since I have it, but I haven’t listened to it to since the early 90’s, since the rave culture went out of fashion. After listening to EN-TACT, I knew I would like it at the beginning from what I remember from it, but I was rather surprised how well the album held up after repeated listening. I thought it would sound dated after a while but, no, it still sounds fresh and vibrant although the rave culture has subsided. I like EN-TACT more now than I did in the 90’s. I’m glad for this re-listen. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE SHAMEN’s EN-TACT Is the only album listed. Rate Artist: THE SHAMEN (5.0) Rate Album (Year): EN-TACT (US 1991 Original) (5.0) Ranking of THE SHAMEN - EN-TACT songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. "Move Any Mountain" (Progen - Beatmasters 7") 3:28 10.0/10 02. "Human Nrg (Massey)" 4:39 10.0/10 03. "Possible Worlds: Deep PSI" 3:44 10.0/10 04. "Omega Amigo" 4:44 09.5/10 05. "Evil Is Even [Edit]" 4:23 10.0/10 - Instrumental 06. "Hyperreal Orbit" (Early Fade) 5:22 10.0/10 07. "Lightspan" 4:39 10.0/10 08. "Make It Mine" (v1.3 Lenny D Vox) 3:32 10.0/10 09. "Oxygen Restriction" 3:49 10.0/10 10. "Hear Me" (O My People) (Edit) Orbital 5:11 10.0/10 11. "666 Edit" (Move Any Mountain) 4:48 09.5/10 12. "Make It Minimal" 3:18 10.0/10 13. "Hyperreal Selector" (Edit) 4:01 10.0/10 14. "Lightspan Soundwave" (Edit) 4:19 10.0/10 15. "Progen 91 [I.R.P. in the Land of Oz]" 5:21 10.0/10 Original US 1991 Release 149.0/150 = 9.93 / 2 = 4.97
Somewhere in 1993 I discovered Boss Drum, The Shamen’s follow up album to En-Tact. I fell in love with the sound and enjoyed listening to that album. For whatever reason I never ventured any further into their catalog. I enjoyed this album as well. The opening track Move Any Mountain and the Pro Gen remix at the end are fantastic. The rest of the album was great. My raving days may be largely behind me, but this is a great high-energy choice for doing work around the house!
Another solid groove for a Saturday dance party. Really enjoyed it!
Very fun, will put on at a party
90s hacker movie soundtrack. Good workout music.
This album has a really nice dance/trance feel. I'm a little surprised that I haven't heard it before, as it came out around the time when I would have been getting into it. This style isn't my go-to anymore, but the album is a solid 4 stars.
Wow! Not my Sudhakar style but liked it
I liked that pretty well! I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was pretty good listening for doing the dishes and such. :)
Pretty decent, liked all the songs. Super ravey and varied and interesting, and not like anything I've heard before. If I gave it a little more time to appreciate it I could probably upgrade it to a 5.
Very inspiring lyrics. I got a warmer sound from this than what I hear of today's electronic dance music. Some cool guitar on make it mine. There's plenty of interesting artistic moments/choices made that deviate from the same old regular dance track.
36. En-Tact - The Shamen 15 tracks. What a brilliant blast from the past this was. A little more raw than some of their other stuff but it was a great listen. Not far off a 5/5. 4/5.
-Probably one of the best electronic-type albums I've heard. Always upbeat and fast-paced with interesting and developing beats. -Nothing really stood out, but I still enjoyed listening
This is like a proto-NiN...
“A humping great tower block of a hugely infectious dance chorus.”
Huh. Wasn't hopeful from the cover but this is actually pretty interesting. Good backing track for my life today. I'm glad to have listened.
Not sure at the start, ended up kinda digging it.
Good techno sound
How is it that the hardest dance beats in the club have cured into the perfect chill out grooves? I still love this but for none of the reasons I loved it the first time.
Pretty good first listen with a lot to digest first time around. A bit of a shock to the system with the stylistics and general theme of the album but altogether a nice piece. Particularly enjoy the themes of centerpiece song "Move Every Mountain" being smattered throughout the tracklist, though it can get a little repetitive.
pretty fun didn’t really sound too special imo, all EDM kinda sounds the same to me but still, it was a good listen - 8/10
Better than expected
This is like listening to a REALLY good video game sound track
I'm digging these 90s dance vibes.
Electronic, 1989. Animado y no cansino. 4
For my first listen, I was driving in the car with the volume kind of low as my passenger tried to sleep. So, it was a bit underwhelming, but I sensed that it was some proper dance/trance music. Later, I listened with earbuds as I rode in the passenger's seat. You know, it somehow wasn't as good as I imagined it would be when I was kind of making up the details I couldn't hear all that well on my first listen. Good, though.
Enjoyable, surprisingly catchy and positive hooks, makes you want to get up and dance. Feels like I should be on speed in a 90s office. Or tripping balls at a house party. Very little in between. Much of it melts into each other although you shouldn't be sober enough to realize it any way. Standout Tracks: Move Any Mountain, Possible Worlds, Omega Amigo, Evil Is Even
Kinda mindless techno-ish, not my bag
Not the worst thing I’ve ever listened to. Most songs were pretty catchy, but it definitely reminded me of the band they form in Revenge of the Nerds.
electronica, Psychedelic rock + Rave, könnte Soundtrack für einen Film sein, starke 3
Not really my cup of tea, but sounds good!
Hyvää settiä, sopii hyvin työskentelyyn taustamusaksi :) semmosia 80 luvun synakikkailun jälkimaininkeja, itselleni tuntematon bändi ja levy etupeltoon.
I am surprised I liked it, but I did.
Raveros no enteros, acid house y techno rock y algo de ambient, a la altura de los primeros Primal Scream.
Fun album, nice to dance to. Still feels a bit dated now!
This is fine… some interesting sounds going on here and there I guess. I just…do not understand the appeal of listening to music like this outside the context of a club or a car chase scene in an action movie or something lol
A high energy ball of fun. A little one note and very early 90s dance but I still enjoyed it. Vocals were meh.
Good album for working out. I’m not sure how often I’d listen to it on my own, but it’s decent. I especially like Omega Amigo!
The sound of 90s electronic 🎶
Bit of nostalgia, couple of really good tracks but the rest haven’t aged so well.
I had a sister who was a couple of years older than me (still is in fact) and so I used to hear some of these tunes blasting from her bedroom. Pure 90's dance. Best Tracks: Move Any Mountain, Omega Amigo, 666 Edit
I noticed that the opening track & lead single “Move Any Mountain” was not on the original UK release, which is great IMO because it sounds like Stereo MCs and I’m not a fan of thin, indie type vocals trying to sound high-energy over-top of dance music. I prefer the tracks with vocal effects vs singing. It adds cred that up and coming DJ producers of the era (Oakenfold, Orbital, 808 State) remixed a number of them. The series that starts with “Hyperreal Orbit” is good. The synths set the mood and I like the effects (though they’re dated now). I was going to give it a 4 but the last track was a re-rub of the first….
I'm travelling so I didn't have a lot of time to spend listening to this. Move Any Mountain is full of energy and fun beats so grabs your attention at the start. Hyperreal Orbit is a better song imo better but surprisingly has over 90% fewer listens on Spotify. Ditto Lightspan. Generally speaking, I prefer music with lyrics but the lyrics on Human NRG and Omega Amigo don't add much so I would rather they left them aside. I like the vocals on Possible Worlds but, having said that, I'm not 100% sure they are vocals as opposed to synths. Regardless, I like that track too. This was an interesting listen. I like more trucks than I dislike for sure but still not sure.
80's new wave, but i don't remember it, and the first 2 songs weren't interesting
i've tried so hard to like these guys. they have one track that's an absolute standout for me (destination eschaton - all-time favorite, no question), but no matter where i look, i only find that track is just unlike most of their work. this album was fine, don't get me wrong - and a huge statement for 1990, for sure - but it really wasn't what i love about them.
Full of recognisable hits, this was a major transition for the Shamen from a previous incarnation as yet another goth psych band into a fully fledged rave dance act. The album sounds a little dated now, and production, while good, lacks the punch of later dance releases. Possibly also down to the relentless chase to overcompress and maximise the volume that has been a common feature of electronic dance music for the last 20 years. Top tracks: Move Any Mountain, Omega Amigo, Hyperreal Orbit
Bit dafter than the orb, better than I thought it might be
Move any mountain is a tune, the rest were ok but not great
This has a very 1990 sound... some 80s, some 90s, some elements of music not yet to come. I thought it was fine, but not too enjoyable.
It was alright but really just made we want to listen to Daft Punk.
Música electrónica. Ni fu ni fa.
Not terrible but pretty generic.
Upbeat house/dance music. Not my normal type of thing, but not bad. Vocals perhaps a little lacking.
Great album to dance to.
some real bad and hard to listen during day. but not the worst.
It sounded like dated late 80s/early 90s dance music but it did sound like the pre-cursor to a lot of music that I have enjoyed.
Big fish, little fish, cardboard box.
Fun collection of some big beats/remixes. Probably you really have to be in a dancing mood to enjoy this, in which case it’s pretty good. But outside of that environment this becomes a pretty tough listen. It verges on trance music at times with how repetitive it is, but I have to say I am impressed that it’s 30+ years old. 6/10
Ohh yeah! Part of the soundtrack for the 90’s indie/techno rave parties Nice flash back!
This gives me Night At The Roxbury vibes. Pretty good NGL though very dated sounding
It's very 1990. It's not the best album ever, it's very of its time. The best thing about it was that Ebeneezer Goode played once it ended. There's some great moments on there, but a lot of it is overlong - 2 minute ideas spread over 5. It wasn't unenjoyable, but definitely isn't a classic. Obviously meant to be enjoyed on a couple of pingers, after which I'm sure it sounds like deep heat for the soul.
Surprised how much i enjoye$ this one.
Pas un style que je connais beaucoup, mais j'entend plein de chose que j'ai entendu plus tard dans d'autres album. C'est pas égale, mais il y a des éléments que j'aime bien. Pas un disque que j'écouterais régulièrement, mais je suis content de l'avoir écouté.
My first impression was a pretty negative one. But after two or three tracks it started growing on me (or maybe they started off with their worst). Still not an album I'd actively listen to. But absolutely fine for background in the right mood.
didnt really like it idk
Surprised by how much I didn't hate this.
Good kept me moving during a garadge cleanup
Not bad. Decent electronic album annoying at times. One track where it's skipping was particularly awful. But overall okay
This was their best album before they went bobbins with e’s are good etc. Goes on a bit long, but some decent tunes.
Alright album of kinda dance trance music. Why is this on here? Oh, it’s Scottish. That’s why.
Good fun listen. Not great though.
This is a solid sequence of tracks. With a tab of acid, it'd probably be 6 stars.
This list has a bit of a sheen attachment with British 90s EDM. Almost guaranteed to make it. It was ok
Overall I liked it. Suffers from being one of the first, so sounds a bit generic now. However some enjoyable tracks - Evil is Even Hear Me Not really interesting enough to listen to again though.
Música electrónica. Ni fu ni fa.
I've mentioned before how I rarely listen to EDM and related styles (I'm quite ignorant of this area of music, so please forgive me if I've mislabeled this album as EDM), so I'm glad this project is introducing me to these forms. This is good stuff. I like it and I'm glad I heard it.
Electronic is my favourite genre of music (well, EDM, precisely), but I wasn’t really feeling this album. I didn’t hate it but it felt detached and emotionless.
Not a bad race music album, enjoyed the listen for background music
Good songs in general, but not my personal favourite genre.
Sva wel nie fenomenaal fzo
79/100: Feeling very blessed by the album generator today. It’s not that this was my favorite album so far anything close to that. I had to wake up at 2:30AM to get to the airport this morning, so I really needed an album that would keep me up. Boy did this do the job. At certain points I felt like I was traveling through space and time as opposed to heading south down I-65. Very good album for what it is; however, I don’t think I ever plan on casually listening to this.
Move any mountain great tune the rest was OK. No ezzehe good though.
Literally have never heard of this band in my life. It was pretty fun, but the rapping part is a bit much. Can definitely see myself using this as focus music down the road. It was hard to find standouts because the music is pretty repetitive, but some stuff definitely stuck out a bit among the tracks. Standouts: Move Any Mountain, Make It Mine, 666 Edit
And mountains they did move. But an entire album of Shamen is of limited interest
This was decent electronic music. I liked it well enough. Not sure what might have been especially noteworthy about it, though.
It was fine... Just sounds like any other 90s dance album???
Some fun bops, good background music. Nothing really stands out though
It has some good passages of nice grooves and interesting beats, but overall it lacked the energy to keep me engaged.
I felt sure I knew The Shamen by name, but couldn't place their music. Sure enough the album opener "Move Any Mountain" was the song I was thinking of. Decent 90s electro-indie-rave type stuff, but much like an extended trip it went on a bit too long and didn't really progress to great heights that were hinted at earlier.
90s electronic music all sounds the same. God awful
I find it very difficult to put this album into context. It certainly sounds like an early 90s techno album, but it's hard for me to know if it is groundbreaking in some way that makes all the similar sounding music that I've heard derivative rather than merely similar. Some of the lyrics are very cheezy, but again, I don't know how they would have been perceived at the time. Some of the songs are good (Make it Mine), but I've also never delayed finishing an album for this long before. At certain points, this album becomes the embodiment of toxic hippie positivity. 2/5
Rave rock what?
Not really my brand but I can appreciate it's appeal
I don't think I've ever listened to an album more reminiscent of the 90s than this one. Some decent melodies and occasional guitar work on here, but it's not enough to escape the LP's datedness or lack of forward momentum.
Skotsk electronic dance music fra 1990. Nå har jeg hørt det også.
Album dosc nietypowy, bo jest to muzyka elektroniczna, o ktorej praktycznie nic nie wiem, a jedynym punktem odniesienia jest juno reactor, bo gatunkowo tez elektronika, style w jakich utrzymany jest album to techno, synth-pop, acid house i progressive house, nie bede z tym handlowal, bo nie wiem jak, kilka trakow ma wstawki wokalne, human NRG i progen 91 z zakonczenia plyty, czas grania to godzina 7 minut, niektore kawalki meczyly dosc szybkim tempem, ale niektorych moglbym sluchac na loopie o wiele dluzej niz przepisowe odsluchanie, tak jak w przypadku light span soundwave czy progena, ktore leca na plejliste
Not for me
Jaa-a, muutamia kiinnostavia kulkuja, mutta ei oikein isommin innostanut. Oxygen restriction jäi kertakuuntelulta parhaiten mieleen.
This kind of electro thing isn't bad and I didn't mind vibing out to it whilst working but generally, it's not my thing. This may sound a little 'amateur' but a lot of it is repeated, random sound effects and it's just not for me. That being said, I don't hate it and I wouldn't mind it being on at a house party, I'd probably quite like it.
First track not my bag, sounds like some soundtrack off a drag show 😂 very Canal Street. 80s sounding disco synth pop stuff. 3rd track better, sounds a bit more like chilled ibiza type stuff. Got early The Prodigy vibes too though, but far more chill. I wanna like this cos its Prodigy-esque but I just can't get into it. If prob appreciate it way more if I gave it some more listens, or if I'd had a few drinks 😂 Gotta be a 2.
Nothing special, nice dynamics tough
I don't know man, I am sure this is someones vibe. But as a person not alive in 1990 it feels super old. Like not aged super well, I could see it being like a new synth electronic thing. But man, It's so old, it feels kinda comedic to a certain point. And it's like crazy long. Felt like a slog to get through. to each their own, however this isn't mine.
No the worst background music, but wouldn't be putting this on to actively listen. Must be another one of those super influential albums because it sounds like any other electro music I've heard.
Some good songs/beats
Kinda fun, but not my style of music.
2/5. Couple of good songs. The rest didn't do it for me.
maybe it's good for electronica things? it wasn't offensive
cool but drags quite a bit 5/10
Thought it would be cheesy Ebenezer Goode stuff but it was ok for what it is. Probably better if you're full of class As
Not bad, not my favorite.
This album sounds exactly like 1991 dance, but I failed to hear its grandeur. Guess there are better dance albums off '91 out there, dunno.
Only for Move Any Mountain this album deserves at least 2 stars.
Except for one track ("Move Any Mountain"), this was new music and a new band for me. This album sounded like a bridge between music from the 80s to early 90s. I heard elements that reminded me of Yazoo (Yaz) and Eurasure, but hints of EMF and Jesus Jones. The music seemed to fit in a little pocket in between EMF, Jesus Jones, Soup Dragons and Hudu Gurus on one side, and Yazoo (Yaz) and Eurasure on the other side (with C&C Music Factory and Information Society stopping in to say hello). I liked the album okay at first, but then the music started wearing on me. Did I not enjoy this album? OR Did I dislike the album? I think there were too many tracks that I would want to skip if someone played the full album for me again.
Not horrible bad taste, but not amazing neither.
1h10 c’ est un peu long mais ca semble etre la norme pour ce genre de disque.j’aime mîeux plusieurs albums dans cette liste de ce style que celui ci . Trop intense a omn gout . 2.75
I felt like I was either in a European nightclub in 1990 or a Benetton. Regardless, the album seemed like one giant song that was never going to end which could mean the album works seamlessly together or it’s redundant. I say redundant.
Fine, fun background music. Though to listen to a straight hour of electronic dance music does eventually wear on the nerves...would have probably like it better in smaller doses
Ok, so they aren’t one hit wonders. (Boss Drum is a miracle of the electronic age). But this is just a long cliche looking for a beach to happen.
Trance når det er værst. Den genre er bare irriterende.
Not my cup of tea
This music makes little sense without drugs.
Welgeteld 5 nummers volgehouden en toen was ik er wel klaar mee.
It’s dance music. I don’t like ‘90s music. NEXT!
I'm really disappointed I didn't connect with this more. It has everything I want from a record of this kind but I just didn't feel it and after while I was just waiting for it to end. I can definitely hear songs on here that inspired artists like David Bowie in his mid to late 90s period. It's alright.
Not my style.
That’s a lot of beats! I find it rather repetitive but have to say Make it Mine is a bumper.
Well this has come out of nowhere. The fucking shame? Mad. I was hoping this would make me wish I was born 15 years earlier so I could have lived the second summer of love in person in a warehouse somewhere in Blackburn. It didn't. Sadly a pretty listless album that didn't make me want to chew my face off.
Production quality seems high, but it's boring. Low effort techno
Empezó como con ganas de quedar bien y poder cambiar mi percepción de esta música… pero luego se volvió largo y sin sorpresas y ya al final solo quería que acabara.
Muy diferente comparado con lo escuchado hasta ahora. Oxygen restriction está aburrida, casi me quedo dormido, pero las canciones anteriores lo logran bastante bien. A partir de Oxygen, el resto de las canciones me suenan a relleno.
Psykedelisk dance, rytmisk, alternativt
I feel this is one of those albums where the sum isn't better then its parts. It has some good songs like Move Any Mountain, and there weren't any unlistenable albums. As a whole though, it was tough to sit through as I got fed up before the halfway point.
eh Prefs: Human Nrg (Massey), Evil Is Even (Edit), 666 Edit Moins pref: Hear Me (O My People) (Edit)
Generic 90s dance music. I couldn't even find one track to catch my interest. It hasn't agend well. 1.5/5
L'obstacle The Shamen fut très difficile à franchir. Pourtant, la jambe droite venait assez aisément passer au-dessus de la barrière, mais au moment de répéter l'opération avec la jambe gauche, une douleur vive vient nous heurter le crâne, rendant ce dernier mouvement extrêmement long et pénible.
Mais ils nous emmerdent ceux-là
Fine background music for working in the afternoon. Keeps some energy in the room. Not a single I would go back and listen to though.
Aparte de la primera canción que la conocía, no tengo recuerdos de este grupo más allá de su nombre. El disco me ha parecido un latazo y me recuerda a lo más machacón de la época de la época de la música electrónica de baile. Le voy a dar 2 estrellas por "Move any mountain".
I am tired of music
Most, but not all, dance music is shallow. Sadly, this one aligns with the majority. Nothing terribly wrong here, just the definition of "nothing special".
Now that is some 90s techno bullshit. Too bloated to actually enjoy with a sober mind.
Mehhhh D -
Eh, this was fine but not my style at all. It was way too repeaty. 2/5
One of those albums where you go to Wikipedia to see the accolades that landed it on this list, but the only notoriety it has is being on this list
I liked the Shamen in the 90s. Can't say this has aged well. Still enjoyable but not a great album.
Bog UK techno, went forever. 2/5.
Apparently this is a very influential and important electronic dance album. 2 🌟
I like electronic music, but unfortunately some old electronic albums just don't age well compared to what has come since. I'm sure this was a groundbreaking sound in 1990 but I'm just not a huge fan of that TR909 sound or whatever it is that's so prevalent in 90s electronic. Also why do choruses from electronic songs in the 90s sound like they are written by moms and dads who listen to rap and try to imitate it? Not going to knock the album too hard, just not for me.
the british figuring out how to rap w.o. sounding obnoxious was a long and arduous process
Gets better later in the album but overall it was not a good album
Not for me. 👎 I imagine it was pretty popular for coked up teens back in the day though.
Maybe it's dated, but thought Move Any Mountain was more punchier than it was. None of the other tracks piqued my interest. 1.5
I think this one might have some potential but after a first listen I can only give it 2.5/5. I may eventually come back to it.
Wasn't really vibing with this one. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this type of music. Not bad overall, just not very memorable.
Never had much of an interest in stuff like this, but there's certainly a place for it. Just not really for me.
I’m not quite sure how this album ended up on this list. It’s just standard dance music and I can’t find a single thing unique or special enough about it to warrant it as one of 1001 important albums.
didn't even finish it
A surprising choice given that Boss Drum was the big hit album. Only remembered Move Any Mountain. Rest of the album is of a similar flavour. Competent dance music with some good moments but an act like the Prodigy has done the same kind of music better.
this album hasn't aged that well, very dated to its time period. sort of enjoying it though, move any mountain was quite good enjoying it less halfway through overall this album wasnt that good, this genre just isnt my sort of stuff and can easily get repetitive and boring, but it wasnt as bad as i expected when i saw it was at the bottom 20
not my typa thing but is alreet