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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. The low points are easier to spot than the highs, which tend to peak at a low elevation.
  6. 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.
  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
  1. m.e.
    Sep 24, 2006
    10
    Original themes developed familiarly; original volcals -male/female- develop, lead and follow melodies; sometimes joyous, sometimes romantic, Original themes developed familiarly; original volcals -male/female- develop, lead and follow melodies; sometimes joyous, sometimes romantic, sometimes instrumental. "Simple Things" meets and exceeds my ecccentric longings. A very, very rare TEN. Collapse
  2. yaleeyyalee
    Mar 30, 2006
    8
    rainy day music, floaty with many hidden bitterness dressed in nonchalant. chilled, indeed.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Mar 26, 2004
    4
    Yawn!