Loud Like Nature - Add N to (X)
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  • Summary: The London-based electronica outfit, known for their vintage analogue equipment and propulsive (and destructive) live shows, return with their fifth full-length.
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  1. 90
    A brave and inventive album that refuses to be held down by conventional barriers of genre or style.
  2. This time the group finds a better balance of the simple and the strange, making Loud Like Nature their most exciting album since Avant Hard.
  3. Add N to (X) have retained their sense of direction and honed their sound into a powerful and persuasive entity.
  4. Loud Like Nature contains all the traits that make Add N To (X) so captivating: blood, brains and lots of loin friction. [Dec 2002, p.77]
  5. "Loud Like Nature" is hard to take seriously, but it shows that those old analog treasures still have a few good songs left in them.
  6. All this variety is to be commended, but a lot of the tracks here sound like unfinished sketches.
  7. 40
    There's something forgettable and half-finished about a lot of it. [#11, p.124]

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  1. Oct 29, 2010
    8
    After rthe otherwordly magnificence of "On the Wires..." & "Avant Hard" and the wildly uneven, quasi-prog "Add Insult to Injury " came the break-up album. While far from a classic, or their best album, there is plenty here to love. The shuddering, chaotic reinvention of uber-weirdo Kim Fowley's "Invasion of the Polaroid People" is a tour de force, as is the Dalek-vs-Glitterband stomp of "Take Me To Your Leader", with it's Oi chorus and boll-weevil lead vocals. By far the highlight of the album are tracks 6 to 8 - the unpredictable "Quantum Leap", the wonderfully pretty "Pink Lights" and the scratchy but cool "Up the Punks" - light years away from the ear-bending electro of their early albums and singles and far better than anything else being done in 2002. It will probably be another 10 years before people "get" them but I'm sure that one day hordes of people will cite them as an influence. Just as long as they don't re-form! Expand

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