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  • Summary: Former British club DJ David Holmes has been building a name for himself as a composer of soundtracks both real (Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight") and imaginary (the previous Holmes albums 'Let's Get Killed' and 'This Film's Crap, Let's Slash The Seats). 'Bow Down' continues that tradition by forming the soundtrack to an as-yet-unproduced screenplay, although it is clearly more song-oriented than its predecessors. Jon Spencer, Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), and Martina Topley-Bird (best known for her work on Tricky's albums) are among the guest vocalists. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Will quite necessarily go Top Five in any sensible end-of-year poll. [July 2000, p.102]
  2. Holmes races through genres like a mad cab driver running red lights, revving up a jittery, urban fever dream from a junk heap of beats and ragged exotica. [10/27/2000, p.120]
  3. 100
    Featuring vocal contributions from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, punk-blues aficionado Jon Spencer and ex-Tricky collaborator Martina Toppley-Bird, Bow Down to the Exit Sign is a dark, soul-wrenching trip through an even darker world.
  4. Equally comfortable in the realms of rock and dance, Holmes is hard to pin down stylistically; his latest album, Bow Down to the Exit Sign, like Moby's 1999 Play, draws from classic blues to add new life to electronic music.
  5. Bow Down... was developed alongside a movie script and works as vivid NYC filmic music and an electic-by-default modern concept album. [12/2000, p.96]
  6. With this ramshackle spread of spiked beats and filthy-fingered funk he's produced easily his best work.... An intoxicating, headstorming brew of desire and despair 'Bow Down To The Exit Sign' is the first great album of the millennium.
  7. Like Death in Vegas, Holmes is a techno boffin whose work builds upon that of the Velvet Underground rather than Kraftwerk; too bad his grooves, like the bass-line chug of "Living Room," often go nowhere fast.

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  1. TomM
    Dec 8, 2002
    10
    This album really rules!!