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  • Summary: After five years of working on other projects, including film scores, Underworld returns with their fifth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Oblivion With Bells is less the comedown than the sound of the party still going 10 years on.
  2. What is here, a mixture of jagged dance-punk numbers with pretty sound sketches (of the type Underworld has employed for recent soundtrack work), all succeeds.
  3. While this release is ruminative in nature, the temperament isn’t far removed from the classic record with which this release shares a striking visual resemblance.
  4. Expansive opener, 'Crocidile' finds them locked into the pulsing techno groove that made 'Born Slippy' so maddeningly addictive. [Nov 2007, p.148]
  5. 60
    This is a finely polished album, but low on guts, grit or urgency. [Nov 2007, p.129]
  6. For all its tasteful craft, aesthetic unity and knowing winks to its makers’ history, it’s simply not very interesting
  7. You get what sounds like Karl Hyde doing freestyle slam poetry overtop of dull beats on 'Ring Road.' 'Crocodile' starts off promising but then gives up and becomes a backdrop for a one-syllable nightclub with white sofas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 10, 2013
    5
    A frustrating album. Starts off incredibly promising with its first four tracks, then falls to pieces with irritating vocals and uninspired instrumentation. They picked themselves up well enough following the departure of Darren Emerson, but they still have a long way to go. Expand

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