Hello Waveforms - William Orbit
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  • Summary: This is the artist/producer's first solo album in six years. Finley Quaye and the Sugababes guest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The intricate lines are admirably realised, but now and then a more solid drum beat or hook wouldn't go amiss.
  2. There aren't a great deal of people making chill this good any more.
  3. 80
    A welcome back. [Mar 2006, p.123]
  4. 60
    Even when Orbit treads water--which by and large he is with this record--the ripples resonate beautifully. [Mar 2006, p.104]
  5. The album is distilled down to Orbit's basic, knob-twirling ambience but stripped of any and all personality.
  6. It is nice. It’s like musical Zoloft, actually. It’s white fluffy clouds, kittens and ponies, rainbows and pots o’ gold. It won’t offend anyone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AlanR
    Apr 15, 2006
    10
    Popmatters usually has good taste. Well boo-urns, biatches.
  2. RickXE
    Apr 8, 2008
    9
    A superb colourful album.
  3. Jeff
    Mar 17, 2006
    8
    The good news and bad news is that this sounds like the older Orbit records -- reminds me of the Strange Cargo days. That's both a The good news and bad news is that this sounds like the older Orbit records -- reminds me of the Strange Cargo days. That's both a blessing and a curse. While the sound's updated slightly, it's more of the same. now, I LIKE more of the same, so I find this a very enjoyable CD. But based on his more recent production work, I admit that I expected more. It's as if an "A" student turned in "B" level work -- the work itself is enjoyable, but you have the sense he's capable of more. Expand
  4. ricardoH
    Nov 19, 2006
    8
    Forget the trend once had been, for music sake, he still in his own best.