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Logical Progression

LTJ Bukem

1996

Logical Progression
Album Summary

Logical Progression (also known as LTJ Bukem Presents Logical Progression) is a compilation album spearheaded by the English musician and label head LTJ Bukem, released in 1996. It includes tracks by Bukem and artists who recorded for his label, Good Looking Records, as well as his remixes. The compilation was a commercial success. (The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide called it "a landmark drum-and-bass album," and, along with Goldie's Timeless, "perhaps one of the two most important drum-and-bass releases of the decade.". The Independent deemed the album a "spring-heeled, summer's-coming drum'n'bass selection." AllMusic wrote that "the house influences and steady rhythms make Logical Progression perhaps the best introduction to jungle for those not used to hyper-speed breakbeats." MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide noted that "Demon's Theme" is "considered a classic.".

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2.63

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2195
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Electronica

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Wed Oct 11 2023
1

I'm dressing as this album for Halloween. It's horrifying

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Tue Aug 29 2023
1

Zero stars. Two hours of jingling keys. I wanna dunk this someone’s head in a toilet for putting this on the list. The only way I could see myself enjoying this is if I put it on while playing Super Monkey Ball. If you put on the soundtrack to Forsaken 64, it’s identical. No but seriously, drum n bass is fine but it’s a musical niche where if you love it you love it and then everyone else is left cold. Also, 2 hours?!? It’s wild that this is considered a sampling of talent, and it’s all identical. Just mind numbing stuff.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

I know you want to slip your fingers down your knickers as soon as you hear the first note, but please resist temptation and let this musical journey rape you into submission instead. What an outrageous record, that drips its gooey semen into your ears and sits back and watches as you struggle to shake it out. Your ears are brimming with cum and there's nothing you can do about it.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
4

Kinda weird to have a compilation on here, but I guess it does sort of sum up a time and a place. This holds up quite well compared to alot of other electronic music of the era. It's moody, atmospheric, and unobtrusive - yet far from ambient. A nice balance. More like a landscape than a portrait. Plenty of space for your mind to wander inside these tracks.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
2

I did not do enough molly before listening to this

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Thu Sep 21 2023
2

Wow, that was a whole lot of nothing.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

this is right up my street and i look forward to playing it out of my car stereo that has a sub woofer taking up half the boot. yeah, that's right, i am a grown man and i have a car stereo with a sub woofer. no i am not a nonce that hangs around in McDonalds car parks.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

Don’t look to me for an unbiased take; I listen to shit like this every single day.

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Sat Nov 04 2023
4

This is a fundamental drum-and-bass compilation featuring fast and syncopated rhythms, deep bass, and various synth pads, sound effects, samples etc. Electronic music is one of my weak areas but after listening to quite a few albums, I can hear how this album fits into to its overall history, especially in the mid 90s UK jungle/emergent drums-and-bass scene. Because this is a compilation album, it is very long, but I really enjoyed how atmospheric the album was despite its tight beats. It never feels claustrophobic or noisy.

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Sun Aug 27 2023
3

Cover looks like some kind of cool sci fi movie. Will this just turn out to be UK electronica? Course it will lol. Album isn't on Spotify so I listened to the *Journey Inwards* album instead, from 2000. Exactly as predicted. PlayStation soundtrack UK techno. 3/5 just because I couldn't hear the actual album.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
2

Not terrible, but as an album too long and repetitive. I can see this being for someone, but not worth being on this list

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Sat Sep 02 2023
2

Again, an example of what I used to think all electronic music was... not a huge fan.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
2

Nope. There was nothing in this album for these ears.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
1

Seeking out and listening to this album gave me another philosophical moment on this list. It wasn't on spotify, plus there's an entirely different version that I had to avoid in order to find the original on youtube. Moreover, I think it's the longest album I've gotten on this list so far (until I get 69 love songs). All of these factors made me question what the point of even finishing the album was. I wasn't enjoying it as a fully engaged listener, I can't add any songs--even if I did like one--to my playlist so I can revisit it, and it's too long and inaccessible to have the same quality as aphex twin where I can just use it as ambiance for a little bit; so what would I even get out of finishing the whole 2.5 hour runtime in the long run? This might just be rationalizing because I didn't like this album specifically because there are a couple good beats and ethereal sounds and the wiki explains a little cultural significance, but it did make me start to wonder about where the line is for an album to be totally worthless to me. However, this album got me to think these things which demonstrates that it has some unintentional worth I suppose. If I go any farther I'll start talking in circles so I'm just going to give it the 1 star and move on.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
5

A super nice little ambient/house rinse up to have on in the background. So weird that Lilly queued a track by him at pre drinks on the same day that I listened this album.

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Mon Aug 28 2023
4

I liked this much more than I thought I would.

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Tue Sep 19 2023
4

The compilation is warm DnB, but it's for more than that that I feel warmth toward it. Fun, the decay of a release like this over twenty years, especially of the DJ mix. '96 makes it a mix of my vintage, apparently pressed on CDs regionally variant, labelled inappropriately, etc. etc. etc. This year it sounds against it's twin like their tracks do: Fair to call them the same, fair to call them just different enough.

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Wed Oct 11 2023
4

actually really liked it compared to the album Timeless by Goldie that we listened to many 'a months ago and is listed in the description as the 2nd of two defining drum and bass releases of the 90s. I shared with you the only review I read on the global review list. "I know you want to slip your fingers down your knickers as soon as you hear the first note, but please resist temptation and let this musical journey rape you into submission instead. What an outrageous record, that drips its gooey semen into your ears and sits back and watches as you struggle to shake it out. Your ears are brimming with cum and there's nothing you can do about it."

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Three and a half hours of some of the best jungle and dnb I've heard for a long time.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

That is a hefty slice of coffee table drum & bass, and I'm here for it, in the abstract, but the inclusion on the list is pretty feckin irritating. If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds then Robert Dimery evidently enjoys a palatial mind, utterly hobgoblin free! 😠 Anyway - I enjoy these vibes. Gimme some chilled dnb with occasional cetacean sound effects and I'll happily while away 2.5 hours. Fave tracks - I really liked both of the PFM tracks so should probably check out his albums. "Danny's Song" reeeeeeeally sounds like an Aphex Twin tune, right? Or perhaps I've just heard it on a different mix with a lot of Aphex Twin on it? 🤔

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

Nice chill vibes but does get a bit samey samey. Fave track: Universal Music

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

Note - Spotify link goes to a list not consistent with track listing on Wikipedia. Closest thing I could find from Google was a Soundcloud of the tracks "remixed" by DJ Jo Public. Given this format, It's a pretty seamless mix. If you have a short attention span, this may all sound a bit repetitive, but listening to it as a whole was like tripping through space, lots of different ambience and texture. This might make good driving music or something in the background while working. Overall an enjoyable listen.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

Not something I would normally listen to. Pretty awesome.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

Hard to find a place to listen to the album unfortunately. Eventually found it on Youtube, but had some of the tracks removed due to copyright. I quite enjoyed it and would definitely listen again if it we easier to find.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

This is the kind of drum & bass I love. Thoughtful, emotive and melancholy almost but still driving and upbeat. So many bangers across this mix.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

I’m not sure if I listened to the correct version of this or not, since the track listing on the Wikipedia page looks nothing like the track listing on what I listened to. But I think I got the gist. This was enjoyable… good music to work to as it had energy without stress. Really excels as background music to keep you going without becoming too distracting. Seems like it would also be quite useful at a fancy gallery opening or some kind of cool reception. At first was sort of not sure what to rate this, but ultimately I really did like this. There are many occasions I can think of where this might be a perfect soundtrack.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

Have we not listened to all this before. I am not really complaining, as I do enjoy this kind of sound, especially while working through my unending pile of grading...but is it that critical for me to listen to all these similar variations on the same electronic theme?

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

Tres bon vibe. Super pour la concentration. 4.75

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

This is a compilation of some of the best jungle / DnB of the mid 90s. If you rate this low, then obviously the genre is not for you. Especially the people who say this all sounds the same. Obviously the genre has a lot of similarities, including pleasant spacey atmospheric synths overlaying fast abrasive beats. But beyond that, the songs have completely different styles, so I couldn't call this repetitive at all. According to my friend who studies to DnB all the time, she considered this much more high quality and funkier than what she's used to. The downside is that I found the majority of it to be pretty tame and minimalist. Minimalist is fine and has its place, especially between the tougher tracks on here, but it needs to be executed well. For example, "Above & Beyond" and "Music" are insane lush tracks that blow every other tracks here out of the water. They're so rich and full, reminds me of Aphex Twin. They show the potential the other tracks could offer, and gives the impression that some of the tracks feel quite flat in comparison, as if all they are is a beat layer and a couple synth layers all acting independently of each other. Minimalism just spotlights the flatness of many tracks too brightly. If they were all as immersive and three-dimensional, minimalist or not, I'd consider that a flawless DnB record. As it is, there is quite a bit to be left desired. Nevertheless, they're all really good DnB tracks, but I wouldn't consider them the extent of the genre, even in the mid 90s. Favorites: Solar System, Above & Beyond, Music, Jazz Lick

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Tue Nov 21 2023
4

As with all of the dance records on here, this one feels better enjoyed not sober. But I will say, sober, that I could see myself really enjoying it. It's interesting that it's a compilation between a bunch of DJs, simply because it rolls together really well. I could find myself returning to it.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
4

Logical Progression by LTJ Buken was a nice slow burn of an album, bubbled nicely under the surface and could easily provide the soundtrack to a late night house/trance club. It was full of soundscapes that could really take you places under the right influence. The way LTJ was able to pull together a nice cohesive compilation, and can see that over the years this has influenced the underground scene. Best: Senses Worst: Jazz Lick Note: I only listened to the first 10 songs as there were the extended mixes of the album for the remainder.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
4

Listened to this while playing Aeon's End with my partner against Prince of Gluttons. Lost the first game, won the second. I am a big fan of electronic music. In addition to playing piano, I used to dj for fun for a number of years. DnB has been one of those genres I just don't grok. It feels to frenetic to dance to...it is hard to mix...it wasn't as compositionally interesting to me. This album was probably one of the best DnB albums I've heard. I was bopping throughout without realizing the physical effect it was having on me. Totally great slice of the mid 90s scene, and definitely an album I'd return to again.

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Wed Nov 29 2023
4

And it has the loon sample from E-MU Emulator II

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Mon Dec 04 2023
4

Psy-trance in some ways. Just good background vibe music.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
3

I almost don’t want to admit this but… I don’t hate it? I’ve been playing Neon White lately (a must play imo, check it out) which has a lot of D&B on its OST, and I didn’t realize how much of an impression it made on me until now. Not something I would casually listen to, but I get it. It’s vibey. Can also appreciate that it’s a defining album for the genre.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
3

"Album" 17 Disclosure - The original album is not available for streaming on Spotify. Luckily some user created a playlist of most of the first disc, but not the second, live-mix. This album is a product of its time, and a great representation of drum and bass music. It's more atmospheric than hardcore or hardstep, so there are really nice melodies throughout. If you do not like dance music, this is not for you, as the break beats, while switching up often, will get repetitive and obnoxious. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not going to say it is more than what it is - music to be enjoyed in a dance or club setting. There were definitely some guilty pleasure moments when I heard some of the old-school vocal samples and even some whale calls. Another generous 3*

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Mon Sep 11 2023
3

Another electronic music album, which is always welcome given how very little I listen to this style of music outside this project. Being exposed to this genre here is helping to open up my ears to what's happening in the songs put together by electronic music artists. I happen to like this album particularly well. My ear was interested in the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms -- some of the drumming is fantastic (e.g., 'Above & Beyond' and 'Jazz Lick' to name two) so I found myself hanging in there with it. Good stuff!

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Tue Sep 12 2023
3

interesting sound, bass/drum. Seemed overall pretty solid.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
3

Nothings dates like dance music!

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Tue Sep 19 2023
3

My usual mystification with the appeal of drum and bass. Even the genre name is like, what were you expecting? The repetition, the goofy effects sounds and samples (Ferris Bueller? Really?). Perusal of the internet informs me that my reaction is typical of the "uninitiated". At this point I don't think my initiation is likely.

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Tue Sep 19 2023
3

Colección de canciones con mucha percusión. Abuso de baterías. Estilo un tanto bailable. Demasiado monótono en algunos momentos

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Wed Sep 20 2023
3

Jemig, de langste plaat die erbij zit volgens mij! Ik kan dit erg waarderen, maar het had wat minder gemogen.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
3

Although it’s not my flavor, I can find a lot of value in this record, and drum and bass music in general, for those looking to study or rave.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
3

A perfect representation of where modern electronic music came from—for reference only.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
3

This album is a pain in the ass to figure out what exactly it is. Youtube has different than wikipedia and is different than spotify, which it isn't on.. except all the songs seem to be if you search for them... anyway it's pretty fine music. nothing special and nothing I haven't heard before. makes for good background music. I guess historically interesting?

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Mon Sep 25 2023
3

I think we can all agree that 2+ hours of drum and bass is a little too long. Luckily the music is pretty good while it lasts. It’s airy, cold, drumm and bassy. I could have done with perhaps half of it to be brutally honest - but I enjoyed it way more than I initially thought I would.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
3

This was a grim reminder that, although I love Drum & Bass very much now, it was a bit crap in the early days. The era of "classic" Drum & Bass is littered with this atmospheric, slow, abrasive and unmelodic music. I'm reminded of Goldie and Roni Size, artists I don't particularly like. It's actually quite amazing how far the genre has come from these early days when it wasn't so great. However, this leaves me with this long and quite dull album to review. It's very chilled indeed, to the point of being boring in parts. Drawn out, overblown, too chilled, horrible vocals, very much off its time. It's aged really badly, which is a shame. This should have been a strong 5-star album, but it's a rather weak 3-star one.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
3

One vastly prefers the dreamier, loungier bits (e.g., "Chameleon") and Steve Reich-ier cuts (e.g., "Dannys Song"). Too many track over-rely on that skittering, ultra-fast drum track, which hasn't exactly proved itself to be timeless. One prefers a bit more bass in his drum&bass, one guesses. One can't help but remember fondly the compilations of this era (Buddha Bar, Ultra Chill, Cafe Del Mar) and wonder whether this is that much or even a little better. Given the decade of origin, it's no shock that the whole thing is overlong and overdone. Or that it's a compilation, which makes one question whether that's outside the rules for inclusion in this esteemed collection.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
3

It was technoish/electronica. It was alright. Apparently there are two albums but the second is more of compilation? I only listened to one album. Better than 2 not really a 3. I will round up.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
3

Jungle, drum and bass, música del espacio.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
3

I can’t find this on Amazon Music, but I listened to it quite a lot in 1996/97. I recall particularly enjoying Western. I’ll give it a medium 3 stars.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
3

It gets better as it goes on, but this is very tasteful wallpaper for 90s hipster shops. There are a few more exciting tracks, but this largely makes 165bpm feel a bit too tasteful for my liking.

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Sun Oct 29 2023
3

Too samey? Too long? Probably true. But I also found it to be a breezy listen. Probably because I was doing something else while listening, which I’d say is the best way to listen to it. A strong 3, I would say

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Fri Nov 10 2023
3

Seemed like a precursor to modern DnB, was okay

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Tue Nov 14 2023
3

Moody, nice textures. Every song sounds similar since they're all 175 BPM, but that's D&B.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
3

In almost 800 albums I have never done this but I'm going to rate this one having only listened to half. First, it was hard to find --- the apple music link took me to Logical Progression Level 1, which was not the same as the Logical Progression album described in the Wikipedia page. So I listened to a few tracks from the Level 1 album and then found a YouTube playlist for what I think was the intended album but that was LONG and occasionally interrupted by ads so I feel like I've done due diligence with this one. I did not hate it and in fact found it a reasonably enjoyable soundtrack for much of my day's activities and I'l keep the YouTube tab open in my browser to listen to a bit at a time and finish this one up (since I am a completist). But I'm not going to do that today and I'd like to move on so consider this three-star rating for only Disc 1.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
3

This was fine for background music in that new boutique, but I didn't quite get why it was special (and why there are so many more albums of this genre). I was totally confused by the disconnect between the track listing of the Wikipedia article and the album online, which seemed to link all the artists in their own track. What am I even listening to? Absolutely fine, but never remarkable to me. I got really, really bored.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
3

I wanted to really dislike this - wine bar D&B. It may lack the dirtiness of proper buzzing off yer tits from back in the day, but it's decent. The album has a pace from start to finish. You never feel out of breath, or as though you may drift off. That's the DJ journey, innit. Wine bar D&B...

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Sun Nov 26 2023
3

Mellow jazz influenced D'n'B. Cool.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
3

First time listen, surprisingly OK.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
2

Didn’t know CD Projeck Red released an early draft of Cyber Punk 2077s soundtrack 2/5

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Wed Aug 30 2023
2

Not into drum n bass bit it wasn't too bad...

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Thu Aug 31 2023
2

Basically sounds like if Missy Elliott worked behind the bar at The Rover's Return.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
2

The book mentions that this music sounded fresh at the time, and became "the preferred soundtrack in hip cafes, hair salons, and fashion stores." This perhaps is insight into why it sounds so weak to me. My first exposure to this may have been at the mall, being reluctantly dragged along running errands with mom when I was 8 or 9. I dont know if that's the case, but the album made me feel underwhelmed and I was glad when it was over.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
2

Not sure what was linked was the actual album but if the guy wants to make it hard to listen to his stuff so be it.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
2

Strange that the Spotify version was an entirely different collection of songs. Found someone who had mixed the original tracks together on Soundcloud. Pretty standard mid-1990, moody, background, dance music. Not really compelling. An MC might have helped. Far too long.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
2

Drum-and-bass gaat toch best snel vervelen.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
2

Dit was prima om bij te werken, maar dit raakt me verder weinig.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
2

This is what the cool spas play.

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Mon Sep 25 2023
2

So that was definitely two hours and twenty minutes of drum and bass.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
2

Can only rate based on what I was able to find online - Demon’s Theme was pretty darn good but a lot of the other tracks just blended into each other and got quite samey, nowhere near as exciting as the opener

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Wed Oct 04 2023
2

Ja, wat moet je hier nou over zeggen. Als dit in een koffietentje zachtjes op de achtergrond zou staan. Dan zou ik het wel kunnen waarderen. Het geeft wel goede vibes

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Wed Oct 04 2023
2

Uhhhhh, moker vaag. Niet zo’n fan

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Mon Oct 09 2023
2

Nope. Elektronik, langweilig.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
2

Unnecessary and way too long

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Thu Oct 12 2023
2

It's inoffensive enough that I will give it two stars. Maybe someday I will listen to it as ambient music when working. Otherwise I don't see much replay value in this album. As an untrained ear it all sounds the same to me which isn't something I love in a 2 hour+ album Song going on my "1001 Songs" Playlist: Demon's Theme. I think once you've heard the first song you've heard it all on this album. Other Songs Going On My "1001 Albums Savelist" Playlist: None

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Thu Oct 19 2023
2

An hour of recycling beats over and over for an interminable amount of time. Then, they run them all together in a mix for an hour, and *then* do it again, but with lyrics. Tedious.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
2

Fyrsta hlustun var ekki að gera sig fyrir mig.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
2

I nearly made it through the 3+ hours, but I’m taking a break from working and I think I’m done with this one.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
2

Trouble finding this album on Spotify due to copyright but believe I listened to correct playlist. Interesting sounds but WAY TOO LONG! Can only listen to so much of this! Maybe the original album isn't that way?

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Wed Nov 08 2023
2

Way too long, I did not listen to all of it. I didn't hate it but I don't get it either

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Wed Nov 08 2023
2

I appreciate what this album is doing, but to me it’s just background music.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
2

3hrs of drum and bass, eh? Wow…..uh. Thanks?!

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