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  • Summary: Yes, for those of you keeping score at home, Alex Paterson is indeed still recording as The Orb, with 'Bicycles' marking the once trailblazing electronica group's sixth studio release.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    11 tracks of classic ambient house and melodic decks and EFX exercises. [Sep 2004, p.116]
  2. Showcases the Orb back in peak form.
  3. There's precious little here not to like, and it's as satisfying an experience as any of the ambient survivors have produced in years.
  4. It's disappointing to hear them following trends rather than inspiring them.
  5. A bumpy ride, but a diverting one.
  6. Though Patterson is still largely peddling outdated sample-heavy narco-trance, the new disc is quite an improvement from 2001’s career-low Cydonia even if it may share that record’s flaws.
  7. More of the same from an act who have been ploughing the same furrow for so long they'll be reaching the Earth's core soon. [5 Jun 2004, p.57]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. edwardt
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    a tweak in another dimesion still inspiring, listen out for orbient humour exquisite and uplifting
  2. PeterT
    Aug 26, 2005
    9
    Very good ambient album... Super rythms and noises.