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Universal acclaim- based on 181 Ratings

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  • Summary: This sample-driven Austrialian dance outfit scored a hit in its homeland with this, its debut full-length release (following three EP releases since 1997). The UK music press created a publicity avalanche for the band in the Spring of 2001, as the album picked up strong reviews (quotes fromThis sample-driven Austrialian dance outfit scored a hit in its homeland with this, its debut full-length release (following three EP releases since 1997). The UK music press created a publicity avalanche for the band in the Spring of 2001, as the album picked up strong reviews (quotes from some appear below) and was featured in numerous articles. Packed with over 600 samples of recordings dating from the 1950's to the present (each one credited in the liner notes!) as well as original instrumentation, 'Since I Left You' is a varied and unique record. Expand

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Frontier Psychiatrist
Is Dexter ill, Is Dexter ill, Is Dexter ill Is Dexter ill today? No Mr. Kirk, Dexter's in school I'm afraid he's not, Miss Fishpaw Dexter's truancy... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Quite possibly the best sample record ever made.
  2. 'Since I Left You' is proof that while being a vinyl junkie might not make you a teen idol, crafting a joyous, kaleidoscopic masterpiece of sun-kissed disco-pop definitely will.... Cool? Sure, whatever. Brilliant? Undoubtedly.
  3. It's a kaleidoscopic ode to the joy of music, and it's the most exciting debut album since Mos Def's Black on Both Sides.
  4. A charming, witty pastiche of mashed up samples, beats, bangs, and bobs.... Truly a breakthrough in the world of dance music.
  5. Since I Left You is as much of a revelation now as Primal Scream's life-changing Screamadelica was a decade ago.
  6. Alternative Press
    80
    One of the most joyous and poignant party albums ever. [Feb 2002, p.74]
  7. Luckily, the album has an easy-going air that lifts it out of the realm of smart-guy assemblage and into sexy, summery territories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 54
  2. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. AbelL.
    Jul 24, 2002
    10
    A great headphone album that would also be a hit at any party. Enjoyable at the first listen, and the 100th too.
  2. KonstantinosA.
    Nov 25, 2001
    10
    Album of the year so far...
  3. MichaelB
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    Deep, yet accessible due to its fun, melancholy nature. The best of its genre, with its sheer variation keeping you listening again and again.
  4. MikeS
    Jun 2, 2005
    10
    Opeed my eyes to sampling and nothing else since has come close. Equinoxx, if you know better please tell me, because this disc is toe Opeed my eyes to sampling and nothing else since has come close. Equinoxx, if you know better please tell me, because this disc is toe tappin' good from the first beat to the last. *Frontier Psychiatrist is worth the purchase alone. Expand
  5. WesM
    Oct 8, 2008
    10
    Since I Left You, when listened to as a whole, is evocative of every huge, nightlong, multilocation banger you've ever experienced.
  6. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pure perfection in sample use. Just imagine all the hours spent selecting the samples, mixing them to give them this amazing structure. It really tells a story just with a few words and a lot of music. The song "Since I Left You" is a pretty emotional beginning, "Flight Tonight" is excellent song writing, "Electricity" features real epic voices, "Frontier Psychiatrist" is pure fun and creative use of samples, "Live at Dominoes" is ideal for a night club at the beach and "Extra Kings" is the perfect ending. These were just a few examples but really, all songs serve a purpose. This is one of the few albums that really touches my heart and has inspired me a lot. This is a perfect 10/10. Expand
  7. larrys
    Jun 11, 2005
    1
    This has to be the most overrated cd ot the last 10 years. Sure it sounds different from other cd's, but so does the sound of a dentist This has to be the most overrated cd ot the last 10 years. Sure it sounds different from other cd's, but so does the sound of a dentist drill. I have no desire to hear either sound again. Expand

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