Scale - Matthew Herbert
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  • Summary: Like a more accessible, poppier version of Matmos, UK electronica artist Matthew Herbert likes to record concept albums with instrumentation derived from real-world objects. 'Scale' (which again features Dani Siciliano on vocals) samples 723 items (including coffins and fuel pumps) in its 11 politically-charged dance tracks. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Inspiring and ingenious, this is an album you shouldn't be without.
  2. One of the best albums of 2006.
  3. Though Herbert has outdone himself and matches his ambitions with his achievements, the songs are unmistakably his and Siciliano's, sounding like no one else, twisting and swinging and drifting with optimum vibrancy.
  4. Warm and quirky. Pleasantly bizarre. Sophisticated and daft. Herbert at his best.
  5. A pleasure, featuring some of his most winging music since [Roisin] Murphy's Ruby Blue. [Jul 2006, p.118]
  6. A highly enjoyable album that doesn't beg to be parsed too deeply.
  7. So we've got pop music too lightweight to do much more than fancy up the background and a conceptual underpinning, that, due to the seamless way it's blended into these songs, is near imperceptible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20