Blue Album - Orbital
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  • Summary: After 15 years and six albums, the brothers Hartnoll are calling it quits with this final release. Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) guests on one track, with The Sparks collaborating on another.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. An incredible electronic journey... A perfect ending for both Orbital and for fans. [#7]
  2. [Orbital is] leaving on a high note. [28 Oct 2004, p.100]
  3. In a way, the album simply highlights many of the reasons why Orbital have been so beloved for the past decade-and-a-half.
  4. The Blue Album is the quintessential Orbital album, because it manages to hit every expectation that the duo have created over the course of their 15-year career. But it meets these expectations, quite brilliantly in places, without ever truly exceeding them.
  5. Returns to the epic beauty that characterised their early work. [Aug 2004, p.116]
  6. This might be quality above innovation, but it’s also maturity above cliché, and above all, passion over cynicism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. MacM
    Jul 5, 2004
    9
    Oh yes, it is good. Just two bits of unoffensive filler ('Lost' & 'Easy'), superb orchestrally maudlin openner, halcyonic closer (which musically ranks as amongst their best but I am SO OVER the acid-daze ethereal vocals!!!). And in the middle, it all goes Chemical brothersly with the Spraks fuelled Acid Pants. Id say it's a happy cocktail of In Sides and the Brown album. All in all, a fine albo to head off into the sunset with. I rank the Orbital albo's thusly in order of preference. 1 - In Sides 2 - Middle Of Nowhere 3 - Brown album 4 - Blue album 5 - Green album 6 - Snivilisation 7 - Event Horizon OST 8 - The Altogether Expand
  2. DmitriP
    Jul 13, 2004
    9
    It is a must have album for Orbital fans! Aproximate Japanese Album Release Content & Other: 01. Transient 02. Pants 03. Tunnel vision 04. Lost 05. You lot 06. Initiation 07. Acid pants 08. Technologicque park 09. One perfect sunrise 10. What happens next 11. Bath time 12. Easy serv 13. One perfect sunrise [Edit] 14. Initiation [Orbital Remix] Expand
  3. WinstonM
    Jan 19, 2006
    9
    A nice ending to the Orbital chapter, This album requires alittle bit of listening to in order to get the most from it (Durr!) but is a splendid piece of work. Expand
  4. DemetriG
    Jun 30, 2004
    8
    Beautiful, bittersweet, nostalgic trip of the musical careers of two talented brothers. As a retrospective, it conjures up the themes and highlights of their earliest albums, and makes their entire catalog more accessible. Maybe this is the album fans were waiting for after 'Insides.' Expand