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  • Band members: David Gilmour
  • Summary: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour joins the electronic duo on this album that includes two 20-minute-plus tracks.
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  1. 80
    Metallic Spheres, a collaboration with electronica legends the Orb, represents his boldest and most satisfying footnote to date.
  2. In the early '80s, Pink Floyd released a hits collection humorously titled A Collection of Great Dance Songs. Thirty years later, the Orb and Gilmour have decided to make good on that album title.
  3. The results are exactly what fans of either act would hope for and a pleasant surprise for those who'd given up on both of them.
  4. it's still not quite as successful as the Orb's classic material, and a little too subdued, lacking both the goofy sampleadelic grandeur and the ear-grabbing pop pulse of the Ultraworld era. But it's still the most focused and listenable Orb album in years.
  5. Dec 22, 2010
    All of this makes Metallic Spheres warm and fluffy, nowhere near as cold as its name suggests, but ultimately it's worth little more than a warm smile, bringing together the favourite comedown musician of the late '80s/early '90s with the stoners' favourite of the decade before, but not really doing anything with the opportunity.
  6. As is the case with many big league collaborations, it doesn't feel like either party brought their best game to the project. As an Orb album, Metallic Spheres is satisfactory. For Floyd and Gilmour fans, it's a rainy day curiosity.
  7. 50
    Across two epic, messy tracks, the pair go around the world: classic ambient house, dated trip-hop, thundering drum loops, weird dub, even down-home picking, yet stay nowhere long enough for anything to really take hold.

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