Thrills - Ellen Allien
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  • Summary: The Berlin-based techno producer returns with her third artist album.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. Slice Thrills up into its individual pieces, and Ellen Allien's third studio record is flawless.
  2. Thrills hits upon a unique and confident path that doesn’t seem forced or contrived.
  3. Ellen Allien's Thrills supports the truism, not always easy to hear from the outside, that not all beat-driven techno works primarily as dance music.
  4. Berlinette seemed more pointed, pulled with precision and grace into the pop idiom. When you think you've got this one nailed down to a black and white electro-aesthetic, the splayed strands of its hair start pollocking acidic paint all over the place.
  5. She's onto some good shit here, but there's too much learning on the job.
  6. Thrills is technical to a “T” and plenty competent, but its lack of stylistic push or spread marks its void of hunger or ambition, a space that the mechanized heart of Berlinette nearly pumped blood into.
  7. Much of the sharp rhythm programming and quick dynamic changes that marked her previous effort is replaced with more straightforward 4/4 beats and relentless dirty basslines that unfortunately repeat themselves to the point of annoyance.

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  1. edouardp
    Aug 19, 2005
    I think this record is her strongest and it definitely is geared towards the dance floor. it reminds me of the darker, moody, techno that tresor label acts do so well. this record is total class. Expand