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  • Summary: Former 808 State-er Gerald Simpson returns with a follow-up to 1995's Black Secret Technology.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Essence is the album Roni Size's Breakbeat Era hoped to be, a song-based, drum 'n' bass epic that works on many levels.
  2. 80
    This isn't just pop-inflected electronica: Gerald's compositions evince a depth and artistic integrity rare in albums of this ilk.
  3. 80
    The sound may be five years old, but Essence's insistence that jungle left something valuable behind back in '95 is a major part of its appeal. [Sept. 2000]
  4. 80
    The stance on Essence is less confrontational than its precursor, more a life-affirming offering to elemental forces. [#79, p.128]
  5. Gerald's mastery of his own sound and style generally triumphs over his occasional lapses in focus.
  6. An LP of sleek, sophisticated and teasingly soulful tunes. Eerily introverted one moment, warm and open the next, Essence demands attention but makes for an intriguing, rewarding experience.
  7. Infuriatingly sub-standard...

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