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  • Summary: Jack Dangers returns with his first Meat Beat Manifesto album since 1998's 'Actual Sounds and Voices.' The Orb's Dr. Alex Paterson and turntablist Z-Trip guest.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 80
    Little on RUOK possesses commercial cache, but what is that against a career-defining turn? [Nov 2002, p.96]
  2. 80
    Manages to be simultaneously more minimal and more menacing. [Nov 2002, p.79]
  3. From the first few minutes of RUOK?, it's clear he's begun another shift, from the dense sampladelic dance of Actual Sounds + Voices to a sparse, haunted style that leaves much to the imagination but still displays acres of production prowess.
  4. 70
    A hugely inventive collection. [Jan 2003, p.119]
  5. RUOK? sees Dangers with his abilities at their fullest, but with aspirations in a less interesting direction.
  6. While the beats and programming are done well, much of it simply seems like slight variations on tracks that he's already done.
  7. MBM's wholehearted embracing of the familiar is stronger than ever, erasing any freshness or innovation, and cancelling out all distinguishing features. [#226, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jason
    Dec 11, 2004
    3
    His weakest effort yet. As previously stated, utterly competent and almost painfully boring. Gone are really any of the elements that made His weakest effort yet. As previously stated, utterly competent and almost painfully boring. Gone are really any of the elements that made previous albums spectacular. Machines on autopilot. In Dub is a step in the right direction.. Expand

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