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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. SteveR.
    Oct 18, 2007
    9
    A strong effort. Underworld being Underworld. Great production and addictive grooves. What's not to like?
  2. MorganH.
    Jan 6, 2008
    9
    This is a new kind of Underworld, significantly better than the last new-kind-of-Underworld we saw on A Hundred Days Off. They smash together all of their sounds - combining the gritty dark beats of dubnobass with the bright, poppy synths of Beaucoup Fish and the weird, experimental work of their recent soundtracks and EPs. Is there a little Second Toughest in there as well? Holding The Moth (which attentive followers of UW will know as Globe) harks back to those days. Boy Boy Boy might be my favourite track, although it's hard to pick one; it's a kind of synthesis of previous sounds with something new, and it comes out rocking and thumping and everything you wanted. You were let down, perhaps, by A Hundred Days Off, and the four year gap that followed it. If, like me, you were thrilled to hear Crocodile for the first time, to hear that return to their original thumping beats and glorious harmonies, you're going to love this album. Expand
  3. JayB.
    Oct 19, 2007
    9
    Except for a couple missteps, this album is pure Underworld and is one of the best albums of the year. You will not be disappointed!
  4. ZimaF.
    Nov 1, 2007
    9
    much better then the last album. on the way to the greatness of classics.
  5. RadeD.
    Nov 7, 2007
    9
    Probably the most underrated albums this year. Not masterpiece, but definitely not a disappointment.
  6. BitBurn
    Oct 17, 2007
    7
    As excited as I was getting my hands on this new album I must say though I was a little bit disappointed when I first heard the whole thing. It
  7. JamesJ.
    Dec 3, 2007
    3
    It's sad but underworld has fallen off. I almost wish I didn't even give it a listen but it still can't diminish their past brilliant works. Expand

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