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Altogether (CD)

By: Orbital (Artist)



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Special U.S. limited edition 2 CD set includes a bonus disc of remixes, B-sides and unreleased tracks. The Altogether is made up of eleven very distinct pieces of music. Stand-out tracks include the first UK single, Funky Break and Illuminate, the collaboration with David Gray.

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Premier British trancemeisters Orbital have often threatened to make a consistently great album. Their Diversions remix EP remains a genuine classic in trance-techno music, but more often than not they miss the mark of greatness by a whisper. The Altogether starts strongly; "Tension" is a true Orbitalian head-twister, all loops and sounds mangled to create a regulated flow of energy before falling into the almost orchestral techno of "Funny Break (One Is Enough)." "Oi!" sniffs again at classic Orbital, with its spongy keyboard textures and slow ease into ambient territory. The band bravely dives head first into some interesting creative waters, as "Waving Not Drowning" brushes by folk and nods toward Pink Floyd, while "Meltdown" puts a hand firmly in breakbeat's back pocket. But once again, Orbital's greatness is isolated to certain tracks, and the pervading feeling is that half the album is a grand experiment that either went too far or not far enough. Unlike the Orb, the KLF, or even Underworld, Orbital are still searching for their first truly consistent studio masterpiece. --Steffan Chirazi


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