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  • Summary: The follow-up to 1999's 'Middle of Nowhere' contains 11 tracks, including collaborations with vocalists David Gray and Naomi Bedford. Among those artists sampled on this disc are Tool, The Cramps, and the late Ian Dury. Longtime Orbital fans will be happy to learn that the theme from "Dr. Who", a staple of the Hartnoll brothers' live act, is included in the track listing. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The duo's most commercial and downright joyous album to date.
  2. 80
    The Altogether is, all stated evidence to the contrary, a remarkable work. Why? Because it is the product of two brothers who, understanding that they can kid neither the audience nor themselves, mapped a musical course based on their root love -- musical energy -- and never strayed. [Sep 2001, p.147]
  3. While the album certainly is a lot of fun, it may turn off fans who have come to expect moody electronica from the Hartnolls. [Oct 2001, p.98]
  4. 60
    Listener-friendly, surprisingly short songs that walk a thinner line than usual between tired and inspired.
  5. 60
    The result is confused, equal parts avant garde, rock and electronic. [Sep 2001, p.90]
  6. In stark contrast to their finest work (1993's "brown" album, 1999's The Middle Of Nowhere), the magic moments never add up to an epic, morphing whole.
  7. Orbital is either uninspired or saving up for something better next time.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. RanmaC
    Dec 29, 2002
    Except for the boring David Gray song (which has excelent remixes on their singles), this is one of the liveliest orbital albums. Finally Americans in cities other than Los Angelos and New York get to hear Dr. Who. Meltdown may be my favorite Orbital song, although the 11 minute CD version USA is stuck with is not as fun as the 20+ minute 5.1 surround version on the DVD (only released in the UK, and worth the purchase of a Region free DVD player). I would have to say that I prefer the brown album and Insides, but this is by far the best CD I bought last year. (And the best DVD too.) Expand

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