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Since I Left You

The Avalanches

2000

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Since I Left You

Rating

3.36

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I feel like one would need a belly full of E to really jam to this album. It's poppy without being catchy, edgy without being cool, eclectic without being interesting. It feels like some kids who were big fans of The Crystal Method tried their hands at something similar but missed the mark. It listens like a "nailed it" meme. The only thing saving this from a one-star review is the production being top-notch and because the track "Frontier Psychiatrist" is actually a really fun track for being a giant, jumbled sample-salad. It's about a minute too long but it's fun nonetheless.

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5

A big bright spring time party where all my mates are having a beautiful time. Complex and intricately layered without being hard to listen to. They somehow manage to capture a thousand textures and feelings in every song (eg Etoh). Love the foreshadowing of the horse neigh early on before it comes back on Frontier Psychiatrist (and all the reoccuring samples for that matter). Also love the vinyl crackle that permeates through the whole thing. And the intros and outros all seem to be incredibly well thought out and compliment the incoming tracks so well. They're all 5/5 songs but highlights have to be Radio, Two Hearts in 3/4 Time and Electricity (huge tune). Pablo's Cruise gets an honourable mention too, what a freaky track. Also.. 𝖆𝖚𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖊 𝖕𝖗𝖎𝖉𝖊 𝖇𝖗𝖆

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5

"Since I left you" is a staple and it paved the way for sample based instrumentals that ooze familiarity. This style of songwriting totally opened the door for this genre. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the artist "Dirty Art Club".

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Oh dear. I hate repeated vocal samples. Frontier Psychiatrist used to make me want to break my radio. This might hurt... First album I can't actually listen to. So annoying. Good loops, but that horse sample and the same word 1,000 times just sounds moronic.

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5

Since I Left You makes up for its lack of obvious stand out tracks with impeccably perfect song transitions, catchy rhythms that are equally great for daydreaming as they are partying, and eclectic sample choices which give it that weird mysterious edge. Within these songs is a creative world, barely out of reach, with life and texture. It's like musical cinema or a gripping book. It's not perfect but it's worth getting lost in its suspense, romance, and overall joie de vivre. A worthy classic imo. Probably most appealing to EDM fans or very nerdy hip-hop fans as it has that DJ Shadow feeling.

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Looped rhythms provide the soundtrack to a meditative disco in your mind, bleeps and blops poke the hard ridge at the back of your head, and maybe-familiar samples keep you guessing. In other words, it's a balancing act got right most of the time, the latter two elements keeping the tyranny of easy listening at bay. This also gave me pause to reflect that I was able to get a bead on this album because the 1001 listening exercise has exposed me to more albums of this type than I'd normally listen to, i.e. Chemical Brothers, Air and Daft. Praise be.

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60mins of tedious samples and scratching. It’s exhausting

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5

I have a lot of pre-existing fondness for this album - takes me back to end of uni / just graduated times. The title track was definitely the soundtrack of a summer around then. It's just a fantastic melange of samples whirled together to produce some wonderful pop. I still really dig it! Fave track - this is one of those albums where picking fave tracks makes less sense, as the way everything segues together is part of the magic. "Frontier Psychiatrist" should get a mention for the fantastic music video. "Radio" is a highlight, as is "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time" as is "Tonight May Have to Last Me All My Life" Awesome stuff.

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5

Plunderphonics is a unique genre for it's methodologies. By strictly using pre-existing music, artists will mix, match, and employ unconventional methods to create a whole new piece of art. Songs will be sliced and looped beyond recognition. It's an undertaking that requires insane production skills, as production becomes the songwriting in a way. If any album has mastered this art, it's Since I Left You. There are around 900 samples in this album. It is a feat. The Avalanches themselves said that they were crazy, and they wouldn't ever get that ambitious on future releases. That ambition is what makes Since I Left You so incredible though, as the samples envelop and keep you on a constant adventure of The Avalanche's perfectly-crafted sonic landscape. Loops ground each song and get built upon with more and more samples. They come from every which way, there's no use in following each thread as it's best to just ride the wave. The album art is a perfect representation of this feeling, I think. Thematically, The Avalanches leans into adventure through use of varying songs. As they all seamlessly transition from one to another, it's like crossing borders or biomes on your adventure. Track titles are indicative of this, with "Flight Tonight", "Pablo's Cruise", and "Little Journey". Worth nothing they had to re-record their big hit "Frontier Psychiatrist" because of samples not clearing (I'd imagine other songs got the same treatment). I encourage you to seek out the song on YouTube because it's a classic. Anyway. This is an amazing album. I can't stress enough how much I adore the thing. Just so consistently well-made throughout the runtime and brimming with good times.

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Never heard of this Aussie electronic crew until now. Pretty fun stuff with a hip hop flav!! Not doing a full review since I'm a couple of days behind on my listening due to our 2020 countdown weekend, but glad to know who The Avalanches are!

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4

The sound of this album was both familiar and different at the same time. Every song is comprised mainly of samples which gives the album a unique (unique for the 2000's at least) "time-traveler" feeling to it, of which I vibe with. Favorite track: Summer Crane

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** Controversial **- Not my ususal genre pick to be fair, but I think it's pretty boring. I get that they are master samplers or some such, and sure, it's quite a feat to mash together 3,500 samples of other people's musical genius to bring this album together, but I just don't think it sounds that great. So. Repetitive.

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cool sampled electronic album. flows well so it has to be listened to in full. good for walking and working.

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5

love this album - need to listen to whole thing again

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5

Love this. So happy all the way through, puts a big smile on my face

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5

Good!

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5

love this album. The samples and electronics work on every track. My favourite is frontier psychiatrist, banger

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5

I ruddy love this album. It's such a banger.

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5

elettrofigata, influenze

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5

I enjoyed this album a lot. Good mixes and upbeat songs.

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5

This album is an hour long song basically. It weaves through a ton of samples to make glistening and sparkly beats with that old time flavor. A lot of the samples still have the record popping sounds on them which I appreciate (either artificial or otherwise). I do think there is a couple filler tracks that didn’t really stand out as much to me and this could’ve probably been a 50 minute record. That being said, this is probably in the top 5 quintessential plunderphonics records and if you are into electronic music and sampling, you need to hear this record at least once. Favorite song: Frontier Psychiatrist Least favorite song: A Different Feeling

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5

Where has this album been my whole life

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5

Incredible.

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5

LOVE

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5

This reminds me strongly of my time in Australia, when I discovered The Avalanches. Incidentally also an Australian band (not the reason though). Absolute banger 5 stars EASY. Fun, alternative and love the use of layered sampling

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5

An absolute masterpiece and one of the best sample-based albums ever made, if not the best. This is a fantastic album technically and musically, and I cannot come up with any serious criticisms of it. It is truly a wonderful album and always a pleasure to listen to no matter how many times I've heard it already.

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5

A marvelously put together concept that flows together so well. One of the most creative albums I've heard

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5

Great groove

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5

A FAT FIVE FROM THE MOMENT IT HIT MY EARS. LIQUID GOLD RUNNING DOWN YOUR EAR HOLES, THEN INTO YOUR VEINS.

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5

Nice n flowy

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5

Such a great album. So many sonic textures.

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5

The best yet

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5

10/10 todo conecta re melo

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5

without a doubt a seminal album in the world of electronic music. doesn't get much better than this as far as experimental/glitchy electronic goes

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5

Not usually my style, but really good listen. Added to favourites

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5

Very solid and enjoyable

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5

Truely an interesting album I’ve never experienced before

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5

omg gorgeous

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5

One of my all time favourite albums. Simply flawless.

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5

250921 11:17 4.5

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5

Such a fun and joyous cacophony of found sounds. 9/10

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5

Might have one of the best track flows there is, each song goes right into the next seamlessly. Love this album, so groovy.

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5

ну классный альбом чо, все на семплах как в первом альбоме дж шедова, тока тут фанкидиско ивот это вот все

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5

Realised I'd never listened to this all the way through. Really enjoyed it, a pleasant surprise. Top notch cut and paste sampling

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5

One of the great mixtapes of all time and the soundtrack to the type of millennial house party I always dreamt of going to but was never cool enough to be invited to. For inventiveness, the sheer amount and variety of samples used (which shimmer and melt into, then emerge out of each other seamlessly), the nostalgia factor, the tinges of longing mixed with sadness, and for just the sheer fun factor you can't beat this. It’s lightning in a bottle.

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5

Incredible timing. I was listening to this one on my own two days before this popped up here. I hadn’t listened to it in years prior. If you like heavily sample driven music that’s very cycling and self referential, then I think this is going to work. So many things to notice on replays. I really dig this music.

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5

An Absolute Jam. All of tracks on here are linked perfectly well to create a fantastic experience front to back. Perfect record, nuff said. Favorites: Since I Left You, Radio, Electricity, Frontier Psychiatrist

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5

Have listened before - fantastic album that opened many musical doors

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5

DISCO lives forever! Fantastic album. Kept finding myself dancing for pretty much for the full hour. The cats thought I had lost it. The sampling on this album is wonderful. These songs are complex and cohesive sample assemblies that had me constantly lit up with moments of recognition. “Is that The Hustle?” “Fleetwood Mac!” “It’s Debbie Reynolds!” “There’s Holiday!” “The NBC Mystery Movie Theme?!” “You’re crazier than a coconut!” “Isn’t that a Disney short?” I’m not singling out any songs. This album is too fun as a whole journey. Fun fun fun yes indeed!

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5

This was a great dance party. Tempos and styles changed but we kept grooving from start to finish. Loved it.

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5

I am not at all familiar with The Avalanches. So, this was a new listening adventure, and I sid enjoy it very much! There were moments where I felt like I was in a club and moments where I was kicking back to chill…and there were also a couple of moments where I was thinking “What…is…happening, and how can we make it stop?!?” But those moments were not disruptive enough to lessen my ‘love’ rating. Also, Frontier Psychiatrist is an absolute masterpiece!!

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5

Probably the best album so far! I loved it !

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5

I recall driving to JB-Hifi in Woden to pick this up on release weekend and listening to it in the car on the way home. When 'Stay Another Season' hit I couldn't believe my ears... did Madonna okay that sample? Apparently she did. Wow!

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5

So well crafted. They throw everything at this and it sticks. A perfect album.

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5

I felt the world something new

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5

A suite of nicely mashed together samples and beats. Frontier Psychiatrist probably my favourite

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אלבום מעולה, מוזיקה מיוחדת ואלטרנטיבית, אהבתי מאוד מאוד

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5

One of the most beautiful and powerful listening experiences from start to finish, an hour of sheer bliss and brilliance. If you want to hear the album as it was intended to be heard, listen to the Zomba promo version. It has one more song (With My Baby) and Extra Kings is fully realized as the streaming version is sorely lacking. Regardless, amazing album all the way.

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5

I nearly didn't listen tot this because I was doing sound yesterday for work. I'm very glad I didn't as I've never heard anything like this, it manages to be catchy without feeling tiresome and experimental without feeling convoluted.

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Since I left you, Radio, Diners only, Electricity, Etoh, Extra kings

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5

Goddamn this was magnificent. There are so many different genres coming together on this thing, and even on individual songs. The samples are really fun and can be super random to add some spice, too. Jammy. 10/10

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5

Really cleverly made with all those samples. Poppy and easy to listen to but the tracks have a lot of layers on re-listens. The album is sort of a complete experience, very well crafted. Been one of my favorites for a while!

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5

This album is so bouncy and fun, constantly weaving these grooves from all over. Radio is a jam. A Different Feeling reminds me of old Daft Punk. Frontier Psychologist is a favorite. Etoh into Summer Crane is smooth like butter.

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5

Muito boooom. Ótimos clipes também.

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5

It's just brilliant. Plunderphonics is an underrated artform, and Avalanches are masters of this. The way the album flows through a strange neverending wistful holiday (which I always thought might be the afterlife, and I also believe one of the 800 or so samples is of Holiday by Madonna) is genius.

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5

Fucking amazing

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5

Incredible. The Avalanches are masters of the mashup.

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5

So damn great.

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5

5. Fucking. Stars. I found this album on Limewire back in the day when I was a poor kid just out of college and I have no idea why I was looking for it. I downloaded it all and had no idea what order the songs went in. But one listen to 'Frontier Psychiatrist' and I fell in love. As usual, I love the kitchen sink production. Aside - why, on Wikipedia, do they have a thumbnail of the cover art and when you click on it, it takes you to a page where you get the exact same art at the exact same size? Like... why even link it, Wikipedia?

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5

The sampling on this album continues to be divine.

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I went into this album not knowing anything about it, and I'm glad I did. This album's concept is something I've been needing to hear for ages. Everything about it is amazing, I love the catchy beats, the samples, radio static, etc. I've already relistened multiple times and I'm 100% checking out their other work. Favorite Songs: Frontier Psychiatrist and Live at Dominos

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5

Since I Left You and Frontier Pyschaitrist are brilliant tracks, the rest of the album pretty damn good

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5

Very fun electronica. Lots of cool samples and fun vibes.

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5

A Magnus opus of the sampling genre. This album screams warm summer evenings. Intricate and intelligent and yet contains all the necessary elements of a feel good pop album! How can you not love this?

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5

classic

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5

New generation Beastie Boys, great album!

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4

Amazing sample usage, reminds me of Endtroducing... Standout Tracks: Since I Left You, Two Hearts In 3/4 Time, Close To You, A Different Feeling, Electricity, Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life, Frontier Psychiatrist, Live At Dominoes

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4

Very interesting album, with a beautiful design, but I just don't care for the music

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4

A lot of feel good tracks. Would listen again.

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4

Vibe

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Nice transitions

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4

I can dig this. Makes me want to drink weird cocktails- for some reason they're all the color of campari. This album transcends the genre of electronic music as I have consumed it during my life, ranging from piano laden jazzy lofi, to trance-ish tunes by the end of the record. The constant sampling is reminiscent of Bonobo and Nightmares on Wax.

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4

Good melodic background music. Didn't really tune into it fully but enjoyed it - A good listen whilst working

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4

Very vibey. Sounds like stoned on the couch music

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4

Très riche musicalement Homogène malgré la présence de différents styles Trés bon jeu de samples Excellentes transitions Une ambiance générale se dégage de l'album Seul bémol : aucun titre ne ressort l'album est un tout qui s'écoute d'une traite

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4

A classic and very great electronic jam, worth listening to again!

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4

I have listened to this classic before. Standouts are the title track and frontier psychiatrist for me but it is an easy listen the entire way through.

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4

Pretty cool use of samples and very sample heavy, multiple in most songs it seems.

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4

Didn’t get all the way through but i liked it

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Me gustó mucho el disco. Me hubiera encantado poderlo escuchar todo de corrido pero por mi vida que todas las ve es que lo intenté algo interrumpía. Lo intentaré después. Me agrada que todo el disco es como un “dj set” y utilizan sampleos muy interesantes. Claro que tiene canciones raras, pero a pesar de su naturaleza experimental, tiene una vibra buenaondita y relajada.

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4

Nice, kind of psychadelic.

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4

Electricity was slow to start, but cool with harmonized vocals, and pumped up with phat bass line. This is an interesting album - I've never heard something so completely derived from sampling. I think I prefer the dance/club songs more than the singles. Favorite songs, Electricity and Live at Dominoes. Least favorite, 3/4 Time. Also if I were to listen to the album again I might skip over Frontier Psychiatrist.

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4

Great beats and hooks, sounded a lot like a mashup of original music. I had heard Frontier Psychiatrist before, so glad to be exposed to the rest of Avalanches songs on this album. Highlights: Since I Left You Two Hearts in 3/4 Time Frontier Psychiatrist Live at Dominoes

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4

Much better background music!

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4

I like a lot, though I think Endtroducing and Donuts are both better.

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4

Great hardrock-metal album. Fun to blast

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4

Songs blend together, but accordingly don't stand out - nevertheless very catchy

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4

De los pocos discos de electrónica y de los menos que he escuchado completos, me parece que este disco es excelente. El uso de samples de otros audios de diferentes naturalezas (música, películas, dialogos, etc) no sé si es revolucionario en la música pero creo que está manejado perfectamente. Conocía Since I left you y 'la de that boy needs therapy' y fue una agradable sorpresa encontrarlas aquí. Definitiva adición a mi librería. Songs: Since I Left You, Frontier Psychiatrist, Live at Dominoes

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4

Unique, fun.

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4

Tres bien pour ecouter en fond

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4

That boy needs therapy!

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4

Great album, felt like I was having a party.

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4

Interesante propuesta a base de samples!

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4

Listened to this album to death when I was younger. It's exactly what I want out of an electronic/dance album. Saw them live once and they actually play with a full band live which is pretty cool.

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4

You're crazy as a coconut

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4

Nice instrumentals. Blockhead style

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4.5 - very enjoyable

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4

Breezy, fun and quite innovative. What's not to like?!

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Fantástico! Uma grata surpresa a colagem de sonoridades e o arranjo do disco como um contínuo. Lembra a experiência de ouvir rádio

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4

This was a party!!

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4

enjoyed that - perfect cooking music i think. 4

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4

This album was wack. Not really my style, but I do appreciate it for what it is, and that is art

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4

Mielenkiintoinen uusi tuttavuus. Levy oli aika erikoinen pläjäys. En oikein osaa sanoa, että mitä genreä tämä olisi. Aavistuksen poukkoilevaa ja sekavaa menoa, mutta ei kuitenkaan ihan läskiksi lyötyä, ei tullut fiilistä, että levylle olisi tungettu kaikki puolivalmis mitä nyt vaan tuli mieleen. Tykkäsin kyllä tästä, piti otteessaan ja kuulosti taiden tehdyltä työltä.

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4

Not very much substance for a dedicated listening but 100% a top-tier BGM listening experience. Flows beautifully as a whole piece as well as individual songs.

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4

Hyvin harvoin tulee electroa kuunneltua, mutta ehkä tämä aussiduon levy osui juuri sopivaan saumaan gängstäräpin ja folkin keskelle. Erityisesti levyn alkupuoleen sytyin ja hulluttelin ajatusta jopa vitosesta. Sitten levy ehkä vähän menetti otettaan (minusta) ja kokonaisuus ei ole kuitenkaan mikään huippu. Hyvä levy kuitenkin - 3,5 --> 4.

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4

Mellow

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Already listened

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4

Only track I recognised was the title track Since I left you. But rest are intreging and full of random sounds combled together which some how work for me.

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4

Still brilliant over twenty years later - perfect use of samples to create their own unique sound

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4

En av 00 talets bästa skivor.

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4

Upbeat, creative, fun

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4

A pretty strange album, not sure if I've listened to something like this before. But it was nice, I enjoyed it. A standout song for me was Frontier Psychiatrist.

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4

mó daora velho, uma musica gigante de uma hora com vários samples muito crazy.

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4

Amazing flow as an album, feels like a great DJ set.

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4

Really cool how each song transitions into the next

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4

It was pretty good. I loved the coherency of the album and how tracks lead in together. I can definitely see how it shaped the next twenty years of sampling in music. Highlights: 1, 3, 10, 13, and 17.

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4

Ahhh muy bueno, varios tonos pero está muy guapo

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4

Really good album. Highly original but familiar sounding 4 🌟

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4

Great, super-funky and groovy.

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4

I had never listened to this album or any of the songs having never heard of the band. Generally, I don't listen to electronic music. It was an interesting mix of genres with an electronic background making it all flow together. Some of the ones with a more Motown sound were soothing to listen to in traffic, and I was genuinely surprised that I liked it.

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4

Cool vibes. Good background music. Pretty chill but not too much. Unique. I like it!

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4

You're a nut, you're crazy in the coconut. Exactly.

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4

Good. If this was a natural disaster, it'd be an avalanche.

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Oh go fuck a goat in the ear. I've just about torn my cock off on this one. I was the first trans character on Sesame Street. The Avalanches said I couldn't do it, but guess what? I did it. I did it.

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4

Still brilliant over twenty years later - perfect use of samples to create their own unique sound. Has moments throughout where it doesn’t quite work but doesn’t overshadow the skill involved

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4

I had a great time listening to this whilst cooking on Friday night, so I'll use cooking as an organising metaphor for this. The Avalanches take the raw ingredients of beats and samples, and boil, mascerate, broil, steam and fry them up into an intoxicating culinary ride. Flavours bloom and burst from song to song; as with that other Michelin-starred sampler, DJ Shadow, these tracks feel human and organic in a way a lot of electronic music fails to muster. Perhaps because so much attention is paid to the musical palette, the mis-en-place and the order of cooking the ingredients to achieve maximum depth of flavour.

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4

This album rocked

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4

Finísimo.

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4

This sounds like a mix of disco and hip hop/electronic fusion. I really like it though. Never heard of this band before listening to the album. "Flight tonight" sounds like something Neo would listen to while hacking. 😂

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4

Kellemes munka melletti zene, mintha egy jól kurált spotify listát hallgatnék. Sampleök, bevágott szövegek faszán illenek a zenébe. MF DOOM instrumental vibes, elbólogat rá az ember, néhol meg fasza house set vibes.

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4

Didn’t know them. Pretty nice.

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4

Would it be fair to call this a musical quilt? Lots of little fabrics stitched together to make its own thing? Sometimes it seems really chaotic and crazy, but it also is delightful sometimes. I love it when you get just a moment of something recognizable that sits in an unfamiliar setting, like Debbie Reynolds singing "Tammy" over a 70s funk beat. It doesn't always work perfectly, but it's fun to see what happens.

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4

Brings back memories of shared houses, Sydney Olympics and Rage on the TV.

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4

This album takes me back to a happy time. Youth is a beautiful thing

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4

8/10 really cool and unique

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4

Pretty dope sample album. Really enjoyed hearts in 3/4 time. Great transitions. Can't give it a 5 because some of the tracks ended up being too repetitive and sampled, like Frontier Psychiatrist. But overall definitely enjoyed it and would listen to it again.

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4

Fun album, mostly instrumental samples, summery, some hip hop influence. Would listen to again.

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4

Uplifting, great morning music, or low key party playlist

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Super beat! Tolle Wechsel, auch von der Stimmung her. Wie viel ich dann doch von Ihnen kenn, bin ganz erstaunt. Das hör ich mir bestimmt wieder an! Frontier Psychiatrist!!! Yeahhh! That boy needs therapy! Da möcht ich gleich das Video sehen!

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Kannte die Band nicht bewusst, aber einige lieder schon, die sind ziemlich cool! klasses album, nicht fad

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“Get a drink! Have good time now! Welcome to paradise!” Since I left you is one of my favorite songs of all time, but I don’t think I listened to this in full until like 2010 or something and to my surprise, I had hear many of those tunes in clubs and parties. It’s quite a trip, the kind of sounds you would expect to hear at a rave a the time, not as cheerful as the title track but a great collection nevertheless. A bit tiresome nowadays but it was banging back in the day

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Super enjoyable instrumentals. Reminds me of Daft Punk and Donuts a bit; perfect for a long drive or study sesh. 8/10.

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Danstónlist mér að skapi. Mjög skemmtilegt.

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Love the flow and how the tracks seamlessly goes into each other. Etoh was a highlight.

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brilliant plunderphonics

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really enjoyed this, especially the titular track and of course Frontier Psychiatrist

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Very cool album. I enjoy the Avalanches, they've got a really neat sample-based style. I know I've heard this before, along with another album or two from them. Not all that many standout tracks, but as a whole this is a fun one to return to. Varied in a good way. Favorite tracks: Since I Left You, Stay Another Season, Electricity, Live at Dominoes. Album art: Kind of inscrutable. I always knew it was water and waves, but I forget there's a couple boats of people in this picture too. Regardless, a painting as cover art is always welcome. 4/5

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00’er elektronisk, samplebaseret, soulet

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Funky, jazzy, disco, pop, trance, EDM all rolled into one.

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thumbs up

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Good

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Another genius takes the genre to its pinnacle. Creative use of obscure genres in a consistent manner. Tracks flow seamlessly from one to the next, matching the reoccurring samples and motifs that glue the whole album together. Many songs feel like extensions of the previous. But unlike other sampledelic artists like DJ Shadow, these tracks shift the focus from building an atmosphere in long sequences to short strings of ever-evolving club hits. There's much to digest in this hour-long program, but all of it worthwhile. You can really appreciate all the tracks. First several tracks have a bright summery feel to them (reminiscent of Saint Etienne) before shifting to a harder, funkier groove with "Flight Tonight." "A Different Feeling" is a deep cut that struck out to me, for constantly shifting its tempo and mood. This track really calms down the pacing building up to the Daft Punk-esque "Electricity." The calm "Tonight May Have..." gives off Charlie Brown vibes and reminds me of 2010s Youtube lofi with all the static and chill mood. And then suddenly "Pablo's Cruise" shifts to psychedelic weirdness, leading into the operatic vocal sample-heavy "Frontier Psychiatrist." Next 3 tracks lead us full circle on the bright summery theme, only this time more of the atmospheric low key feel of DJ Shadow. "Live At Dominoes" gives us one final hurrah in another Daft Punk-esque dance mix, which is kinda placed in a weird spot since the psychedelic "Extra Kings" immediately goes back to a mellow but dramatic finish.

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Oh the early 00s. Smorgasbord of samples, and jumping all over the shop

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Great usage of sampling. So pretty.

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This was fun! A little repetitive at times, but that's inherent to the form, I guess. A huge undertaking to make a catchy, danceable album using sound collages. Very cool, very impressive.

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Mmmmm. Maybe not as good as I remembered it, though there are some standout tracks.

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It was fine. It didn't do anything for me though.

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Mi ricordano un po' i daft punk e i portishead.

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I read a bit about this album before listening to it and wasn't to impressed. However after listening to it, it just resonated with me a lot. I can't quite put my finger on it since I'm not a huge fan of this type of super sampled music (I got Endtroducing..... a while back and didn't like it) but this album seemed to avoid what I hate about the genre.

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Une aventure trippante Prefs: Since I Left You, Flight Tonight, Close To You, A Different Feeling, Electricity, Frontier Psychiatrist, Etoh, Summer Crane, Live At Dominoes Moins pref: Extra Kings

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Man that snuck up on me. Was expecting something completely different (Fleet Foxes) so had it on in the background just so that I could say I'd listened to it. It caught my ear and so switched to headphones. Fantastic stuff, not quite a 5 yet but over time could become one for me.

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I had never heard of this band before, it was quite pleasant, might put in on at some later date when I want something chill

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I only knew Frontier Psychiatrist prior to this, and it’s still the standout. The rest of the tracks have fewer random cuts but still plenty of samples and great beats.

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I kinda wish more songs on this album sounded like "Frontier Psychiatrist", since that's undoubtedly the best song here. I've been really harsh on these dance albums (and holy shit there's a lot of them on this list), but I really enjoyed this one. It was fun, funky and criminally insane. A bit too long though. None of the songs after "Frontier Psychiatrist" hit particularly hard.

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6.5/10 FT: Since I left you

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I’m a big fan of the hits off of this album but it tends to drone on when listening to the whole thing

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Vrij elektronisch experimenteel, soms wel paar toffere zweverige plaatjes.

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vibin

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Ein Live-Album... und ich höre Rap... kann es schlimmer anfangen? Nach dem der miserable Start die Messlatte sehr niedrig angesetzt hatte, war das Album gar nich so schrecklich. Eher EDM à la Bonobo. Gerappt wurde gar nicht so oft oder der Beat und die Musik haben mich gut davon abgelenkt, sodass ich ihn streckenweise vergessen hatte. Aber genug gelobt. Hören werde ich die Platte eher nicht, einfach weil ich für den Genre oder die Stimmung, welche das auch immer sein mag, schon genug Alternativen habe.

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I feel like this should be more appealing to me than it is. Maybe it's that I'm not quite 100% today, but the electronic, dancy vibe just didn't do it for me. I'd be willing to give it another chance, so for now it's getting a really weak 3 stars.

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Much messier than I remember

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Hissimusiikkiia, ei hyvää eikä huonoo

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Didn’t finish the album, wasn’t bad just not my cup of tea.

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Odlican cil

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Some great singles but the rest of the album is repetitive

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Tuttu nimi ja tiesin suunnilleen mitä odottaa tältä. Mielenkiintoista samplailua mutta kokonaisuus on vähän levällään. Tykkäsin paljon joistain biiseistä mutta myös monia huteja mahtuu mukaan. Pääosin positiivinen, joskaan ei kovinkaan mieleenpainuva kokemus.

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Ethereal, psychedelic, musical whiplash. Different and interesting but not really my thing. 80s dance party meets old western and arcade at the seaside. Enjoyed Since I Left You .

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Very intense!

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A masterclass in collage sampling, but sometimes doesn't get further than being the sum of its parts. 3

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So repetitive. 2.5 rounded up just for Frontier Psychiatrist.

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Very good. A little long and some of the songs don't quite hit but overall enjoyable. Title track is one of the best songs ever. 6-7/10

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Mixing / cutting, early thousand's electronic. A few of these songs have shown up on Gramatik Radio and the like

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3.5 | Justo durante 2019-2020 me eche un clavado profundo a muchos microgéneros musicales que había escuchado nombres y no conocía. Entre los vapor trap, pop hipnagógico y eccojams estaba justo lo que es este disco; el plunderphonics. Técnicamente creo es un disco admirable, el trabajo de siquiera juntar esa cantidad de samples y todavía hacer canciones que tienen sentido y suenen bien no es poca cosa. Se me hacen canciones que para apreciarlas uno debe escuchar una y otra vez para poder notar las capas, reconocer de dónde viene x o y frase o línea. El problema es que un disco de una hora completo es quizá algo abrumador de golpe. Aunque son canciones que me agradaron tanto como música como rompecabezas no puedo mencionar una en particular que me haya saltado como para recordar su título y todo el disco se mezcla en una masa continua de locura muy bien ordenada. No creo que sea algo que vuelva a poner seguido pero en el caso de estar de antojo o enseñar a alguien qué son los plunderphonics se me hace un excelente trabajo.

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Wieder so ein klassiker der elektronischen musik. 3

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I really thought I was going to like this, I've listened to the Avalanches before, but for some reason this didn't hit the mark. Maybe tastes have changed

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Listened to the album in full twice. Liked it for work music, probably wouldn't use it for anything else.

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נחמד מאוד מיוחד יכול קצת לחפור

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a few bangers, some padding, good background din

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"Tonight may have to last me all my life" (Tonight) Me parece muy interesante y un trabajazo que todas las canciones estén unidas unas con otras, pero al mismo tiempo eso hace que pierda un poco el hilo.

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alright album, but gets a bit tedious after a while. not really enough lyrics for the amount of vocals as well

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This was a fun album to listen to. But a couple songs really just missed. But you can’t have it all.

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Me encanta como no te dai cuenta cuando un tema termina y empieza el otro. Estan todos conectados entre si

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2 1/2 stars some crap but some good

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Sounds like a party. Fun, but definitely need to be in the right mood to truly enjoy. Might be good hype music getting ready for something. Album drags a little toward the end (like most albums do).

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I always thought 'since I left you' was 'since I met you' and now the song has a whole new meaning. I liked this album.

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Since I Left You is a masterpiece. The rest of the album is not really memorable.

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Hmm interesting

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Solid album, lots of different sounds but it still worked

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2-3 richtig gute Songs dabei, sonst eher mittelmäßig...

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A fun, disco-pop album created entirely by sampling songs & sounds from other vinyl's. This interesting piece of music can be played for any occasion to turn it into a good time, and each song flows beautifully into the next. This album has a combination of explorative innocence as well as deeper, meaningful sections when it comes to the samples being used.

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I can appreciate it, but it's not my thing. It makes really exceptional background music.

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Interesting. Since I left you is probably my favorite

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Pretty good! Haven't listened to a lot of electronic music but the blending of all the samples sounded very impressive. Definitely a vibe.

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Decent enough album, very chill. Highlight of the album was the slightly less chilled out Frontier Psychiatrist.

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Interesting

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I'm not sure I'm really into the robot/bleep vibes, but it was overall not unpleasant.

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A bit intense, but also refreshing

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Some of this was funkier than I remember.

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Fine

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Definitely interesting in how many samples and layers exist in these songs. I feel like it has Moby Play and Kanye MDTF on steroids. Many of the songs work, I really enjoy Electricity, the vibe of Etoh, Psychiatrist and Since I Left You. Too many others feel like unsuccessful experiments.

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29th September 2021 Listened on the living room speaker in the morning while chatting to one of jen's model boys will who stayed. Really enjoyable, innovative and would certainly reward repeat listens.

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First time hearing the whole album, it actually holds up well. First album I'm aware of to be basically 100% samples, which was ahead of its time

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Goed te pruimen, zo op een zonnige dag.

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Abuso del sampleo.

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Not a lot to say. I kinda liked it. It was slight better then Meh.

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A Quentin Tarantino movie is the best way to describe this album. Like his movies, this album creates something original out of a plethora of preexisting media from classical music samples, to audio clips, to other samples. In addition, all of the electronica albums I've gotten so far have been very distinct from each other yet still tend to have the same markers. Fatboy Slim is different from Daft Punk is different from The Avalanches yet they are all undeniably the same genre. This felt more ambient than those other albums though. Fav songs: Radio, Live at Dominoes

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it was decent! As it started I wasn't really into it but it grew on me.

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A 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed it because of the style and sampling. No vocals, but the way that the samples were used still helped to tell a story with each song. It did feel just a bit repetitive and long at times. Deep and complex sound without being too busy.

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Essential listening but by a narrower margin than I expected. The appeal of the album is in the pure volume of its flow, the overwhelming cascade of samples in a configuration which changes just ahead of your ear. But sound design seems largely left behind, and there's quite a bit of loud from the front and not much detail work other than the arrangement.

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Cool concept...light but with layers

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The album was alright. It was a lot of sampling and mixing. I didn't feel the need to skip any songs, but I don't have a need to listen to it again.

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5/10. Absolutely insane. Not to be confused with insanely good, but it was listenable, despite not really being my cup of tea. What it did, it did well.

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It takes great talent to sample from so many sources and then stitch them together into a(semi) coherent whole. So I must give them credit for that. I thought Since you left me and Psychiatrist were excellent, and I may have enjoyed the disco dance beats more, say 20 yrs ago when this first came out. My reference album for sampled music is still KLF’s seminal “Chill out” though. But this was still a pretty good effort

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It’s an interesting experiment, creating an entire album from samples and there’s no shortage of cool samples weaved into the songs. But outside of the first track the others seem to be lacking a core.

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Boas batidas eletrônicas com melodia.

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A bit too much noise for me. Some good tracks though

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Its a cool sound for sure...good for the background

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DEXTER'S CRIMINALLY INSANE!!! Ganz chillig für nebenbei, die sind die Sample Kings. Fühlt sich warm und fuzzi an wegen dem ganzen Schallplatten Knistern, aber am Ende des Tages plätscherts bissl dahin. Bin biss hin und hergerissen, frontier psychiatrist hat halt einen großen platz in meinem Herzen

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helt okej

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Cool vibes

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This one was all over the map. I liked it on places, got bored/detached at others. It's easily the best album I've gotten in this genre so far. I think this album could be a grower for me.

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Had high hopes for this one because "Frontier Psychiatrist" is a bop... but the rest fell flat for me. Sampling is fine but not very interesting to me.

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If this came out just a couple years earlier than it did I'd be much more impressed with it. But to me it's got nothing on artists like DJ Shadow, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, etc. I mean it's fun and all but it just seems to lack the depth and range of those artists I mentioned above that preceded them. And as impressive as the number of samples on this album is, I don't think they utilized them as well as artists like Girl Talk or J Dilla would go on to do a few years later. I could see this working in a much more interesting way as beats for MCs to rap over, but as is, nothing really sticks out to me, with the exception of "Frontier Psychiatrist," which I feel is a standout track.

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Interesting Plunderphonics experiment. Too frantic for me, but I get the artistry.

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A very interesting album, listed as pop, but felt almost like a jet set radio knock off soundtrack. Lots of repeating lines and synths which seems like the perfect skating/rollerblading type of music. Would I listen to it again? Probably not.

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That boy needs therapy! I am not a big fan of the Genre, but this one is good - maybe even - really good! I knew the song "Frontier Psychiatrist" from when I lived in Europe back in those days. It's a Gem. The album is really interesting with its use of loops and samples. Definitely the best electronica album on this list (so far). 3/5

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Best Song: Frontier Psychologist. The selection of vocal tracks work really well together to tell a story, mixed well with nice use of drums and scratches. Worst Song: Flight Tonight. If you're going to repeat a sample that much, make sure you've picked an interesting sample. Overall: A good background album that feels almost more like a live DJ set than a recorded album. Nothing really stands out as high- or lowlights; instead the entire production works as a single flow. Feels like great music to have in the background while cooking or working.

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Does this boy really need therapy?

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Never heard this in full before, though I evidently heard a lot of it on Triple J when it came out. It's good enough, I suppose, "Frontier Psychiatrist was a genius single, but it wears thin over a whole album. Something with an estimated 1000-3000 samples should be doing more with them, I feel.

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Cheerful, refreshing background music that probably goes really well with a poolside or beach pub setting. But, other than "that famous track", it's not something that shakes the very foundations of music. Indeed, the entire affair sounds like it's just one song that's about an hour long (and clearly, that had been a deliberate creative choice). Not that there's anything wrong with cheery music for the background.

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The Avalanches: banda sonora de reels de backstage de campañas de moda con chicas muy altas, muy flacas, de pelo lacio y maquilladas con no makeup makeup.

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Musically this album is fine and pleasant enough to listen to, easy on the ear with a bit of a retro groove and a sense of humor. Much of the sampling is overly loopy and could have been used more creatively. Bleeps, static and other noises are also done a little heavy handedly. That said, this was pretty fun. The second half of the album is top notch. Fave Songs: ETOH, Summer Crane, Frontier Psychiatrist, Live at Dominoes, Electricity, Extra Kings

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Middle ground on this one, interesting work, but is it one I would sit back and revisit on my own otherwise? Unlikely...although I liked the ETOH track and the first two tracks - title track Since I Left you and Stay Another Season.

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Meh - I like the general vibe, but not their best album

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A compelling collage of sounds that for the most part works. I just don't want to know how the sausage was made, for I fear it's just a couple of kids who've mastered Audacity or Pro Tools.

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3/5

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A plunderporn of a crate digger's wet dream and sample clearance lawyer's nightmare. This patchwork of samples could have either become a terrible gimmick a la Jive Bunny or a stroke of genius - luckily it was the latter. Best Tracks: Since I Left You; Flight Tonight; Frontier Psychiatrist

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meh too spacey

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Electronically, dance/club music. I can see the appeal not my type of music though.

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I wanted to like it, i respect the early DJs, just too busy for me.

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This just sounds like music I'd hear at a resort inbetween the hourly playing of Despacito.

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Not really my taste, it has some of its moments like "Since I Left You" to "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time" and the 11th track "Frontier Psychiatrist" which was my personal favorite on the album. Overall this album was a 5/10 for me, it tries to be meaningful, but most of the time it sounds disturbing.

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This goes on too long and is really quite boring. Frontier Psychiatrist is a great tune, always was, but here it gets drowned by the sameyness going on all around it. This album mainly just made me want to listen to the songs it has sampled.

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Probably would've thought this was super cool when it came out, but there is so much cool lofi beats and chill wave type music out there now.

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a wall of noise, barely musical

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Funny album. Not to terrable.

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En resumen se me hizo aburrido. Sé que creativamente tiene su rollo y que los sampleos son muy especiales pero en pocas palabras no noté un principio ni un fin y ni siquiera me hizo "mover el pie" al ritmo. Le daría el 2.5.

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This entire album is like a repetitive fever dream. It's interesting, but I probably wouldn't listen to it sober. If it wasn't so repetitive I might have enjoyed it more.

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Technically proficient. But who is this for?

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Eh. Not really feeling it much. Too repetitive for me.

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I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it. It had flashes of music that I enjoyed, but for the most part this isn't my thing. Kinda feel like it's an album for Mike.

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Mostly not my taste

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It's ok, largely forgettable dancish stuff with a couple of good ines

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I owned this album first time around. it remained largely unplayed. Frontier Psychiatrist is a banger. the rest no so much

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Not my kind of music

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- apart from one song it didnt interest me with the old samples

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The tracks on this album start out fun and funky but quickly become way too repetitive. You’ll find yourself skipping to the next song about half way through the current one. There’s just not enough substance to rate this LP higher . 2 Stars!

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Good background music maybe

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Loop-based. A bit groovy, but mostly boring. Like Saint Etienne, but without most of the hooks. Annoying fake (?) vinyl noise.

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This album made me think of the radio in grand theft auto

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Вообще не мое

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An Electronic Mess

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I absolutely can't stand when songs just repeat the same lyric over and over, which is why 'Flight Tonight' really got on my nerves and ruined this listening experience for me. It was grating and obnoxious in the middle of what was otherwise a fine album. Aside from that glaring problem, the album is good background listening, not really something that you need to focus on or pay much attention to.

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Electrónica. Largo. Coñazo. Repetitivo.

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A lot of noise and lyrics are an afterthought.

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2/5 well...nope

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I did not like this. Stressful and repetitive. Only gets 2 stars because I like the album cover art.

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Had some OK songs, but mostly just sounded like noise

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Las primeras rolas muy bien pero a medio disco se atascaron de más o se les acabó la inspiración, que se yo pues.

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If you enjoy repetitive samples, words, and scratching ad nauseam then this is for you. It's like being stuck on a washing machine with a broken record.

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Good album

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Another electronic album, but this time it's a little bit different from the other ones on this list. The first song is a nice one and for it, the album deserves 2 stars for it, but it's just another simple electronic album. For me, it's very hard to note great qualities in this kind of music despite the classical albums (that is not the case of this).

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Bad semi electro

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Oh no. Didn't like that... if I'd paid more attention it may have dropped to a 1 star.

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I've heard of these guys but never actually heard them - going by the name/cover I'm gonna say indie rock? Ok it's more like indie disco, if such a genre exists. A bit sappy and boring. Lots of samples, looped shit, nothing really interesting. Oh, the song Frontier Psychiatrist is familiar. Overall didn't like this. Ran too long as well. 2/5.

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Piecing together old songs to make new…. Not bad, but not my thing and I while I can appreciate the work that went into it to pull it off - I guess I don’t appreciate it as much as a band that picks up musical instruments and makes actual music. 2

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Why did I need to listen to this? It just wasn't very good. Insanely repetitive.

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EDM-like. OK for what it is.

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Cleanly spliced together, but oh-so lightweight and boring. What was all the fuss about in 2001?

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Alightly nauseating

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Could see this being fun at a party maybe, but I found it annoying and too repetitive. I did recognize and enjoy "Frontier Psychologist" but that was my only respite. More than ready to be through with this by the end.

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I didn’t really have any use for this. It wasn’t actually offensive but struck me as wall after wall of bland sound assortments narrowly meeting the definition of a song.

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udmærket men nah

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Electricity Since you drop the ball, it will roll all the way down, here it comes the whole mountain. By the name Avalanches you might think it's a revolutionary group or a single artist showing another view in the morning, but when you're listening you start to understand why they get that name. Assuming you're in that period of time you can mix anything with everything, that can be a massive success or a messing failure, let's put them in the middle of this scenario. Fact is no one survives after an avalanche or gets out without a scratch, this one is here to prove how things can go after a natural-case-event. Don't get too acquainted with the situation, just let it go and try to learn new stuff. D

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This one's all about "Frontier Psychiatrist." There's a reason it's the one song I ever heard from this band back when independent alternative radio was an actual thing; everything else barely made a dent. Speaking of dents, my relationship with this website is apparently broken. I wrote a whole thing for the Janis Joplin record, clicked "submit," and it promptly told me to go fuck myself by deleting every bit of it and not letting me even rewrite it. But I really liked that record. Even if "Cry Baby" was the only song on it I'd probably give it 4 stars. I like the others enough to keep it there. Also, spot on comparison to Joe Cocker, Craig. That had never occurred to me; now it's all I hear. Fishbone. I completely expected this entire album to be nothing but variations on "Bonin' in the Boneyard," (which lol, so so bad). Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not that at all. I'd probably still prefer to listen to Living Colour or (for sure) Faith No More, if I'm in the mood for something that's at all in this ballpark. But it's a solid three star effort to my ears. Also, I still laugh at that story that supposedly John Cusack played some Fishbone song on set while holding up the boombox during that pivotal moment of SAY ANYTHING. Hahaha. Little Richard. You know what the drill is from the word "go," but as far as albums with songs that all kind of sound the same it's hard to argue against the effectiveness of this one. I assume this was all recorded live, as well? I mean, damn. "Ready Teddy" blows the roof off. No wonder white people stole this.

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Cool album art, especially for this kind of music. I want to enjoy this, but it's a bit messy on the first take. I suppose I've come to prefer Daft Punk's cleaner, less cluttered sound, at least for studying to. May enjoy more on another listen. Frontier Psychiatrist is a hell of a tune though.

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Revisiting 70’s motown. I find it boring

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electronic didn't catch me

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Not a fan of the repetition in most electronic music, and this one is no exception. Nothing particularly interesting here, fine as background music. 2 stars.

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The name of the band plus the album art made me chuckle. I'm happy to take a break from 1970 but don't have any idea what to expect, I've never heard of them and the cover and track list don't give much away. I didn't expect this! I also didn't entirely leave the 70's. The opening track is quite surprising, nostalgic, layered, interesting. I like it but I don't like the production, I feel like I am overhearing the party next door through the keyhole or something. As I listen on I'm feeling like an hour of this is likely to wear me out. Yeah, turns out too much of The Avalanches is tedious listening. Faves: title track and Summer Crane.

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Hi- A Different Feeling, Etoh Lo-Flight Tonight, Diner's Only Is this music? It sounds like samples repeated over and over until the artist gets tired of hearing them (usually long after I have). I'm just not a fan of repeating samples 16x times and calling it done, and that's mostly what is going on here. Some tracks actually do a pretty decent job of turning samples into music, A Different Feeling and Etoh are good enough tracks, but I'm not going to take them with me.

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Couldn't listen to it all, too long. Lovely, warm production.. that choppy, sampley thing is done well but also kind of annoying. Liked by people in Bristol probably.

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Disco en vivo no hay problema pero neta electrónica? 2-3 rolas está chido pero no un disco completo. No entiendo a veces esta lista.

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techno trash

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Oh, no-ise.

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Pretty boring and it lacks structure. I enjoyed 'Live at Dominoes' the most.

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Mof

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More garbage

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I'm not a fan of the genre, and this album doesn't do anything to change that.

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This is not very compelling for me. The horsey sound that goes from "Stay Another Season" and bleeds into "With My Baby" is just disconcerting.

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Leuk voor op de dansvloer, maar niet om op een zaterdagochtend naar te luisteren.

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Snap er niets van

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I adore the two standout tracks—utterly fantastic blending/mashing of music. Those tracks are five stars. Everything else is tiresome—fast. I feel like those tracks are a promise and the album just completely fails to live up to them. I want to give two stars just for those favorite tracks, but if an album makes me want to turn it off… well.

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Since I Left You by The Avalanches (2000) On the plus side, there is a remarkable consistency on each of these tracks in tempo and tonality. On the minus side is everything else. 1/5

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Not my bag

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I like a re-mix/edit as much as anyone, but this is tedious. Sounds like it was done by AI rather than humans...

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Crazy energy but not sure for what? Maybe to out 🏃‍♀️ the Avalanche. Usually when listening to albums I’ll know the hits of the album and I knew every single “ None” of them. This would be great club music but not sure which club😊

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Didn’t like

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This is pretty tedious and I'm just wanting it to be done. At least ETOH was basically tolerable.

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18 tracks of noise pollution.

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Unlistenable. Got half way through "Flight Tonight" and rage quit.

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The Avalanches.... Shit Tsunami is more like it. This is like if Moby had no talent for arrangement, or ear for music.

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Nice enough songs, but they all sounded to me like they'd been recorded with a microphone left in the other room. Not for me.

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No

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Not my thing at all

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