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  • Summary: The English electronica duo return with an atmospheric collection of 12 lounge/trip-hop tracks, with vocals provided by Wendy Stubbs, Helen White, and Martin Barnard.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Masterfully crafted torch songs, coated with a thin layer of orchestral gloss and trip-hop beats that stand out as unique. [May 2001, p.64]
  2. The Impossible Thrill underscores Alpha's knack for lush, floating textures whose less beat-oriented groove emphasizes the "trip" component of so-called trip-hop.
  3. 80
    Few bands exceed Alpha in the creation of truly encompassing and sensual chill-out tunes, and while The Impossible Thrill fails to really explore new territory, it's revisiting familiar and hallowed ground.
  4. Woozy, trance-like, and sublime...
  5. By bombarding the listener with innocuousness, Alpha forge a test to determine exactly when the pedestrian becomes excruciating. By the third track, they more or less have their answer.
  6. The low points are easier to spot than the highs, which tend to peak at a low elevation.
  7. The LP comes off like a gently melodious but ultimately odorless fart. That is to say, it's practically invisible and it's easy to forget about once the moment has, ahem, passed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3