For the band who claim that music is "like a drug", it is a pity
that Leftfield seem to have become addicted to this particular sound
and in many ways have merely produced a collection of tracks that
could have been the B-Sides for their last long-player "Leftism". I
think the disappointment is compounded by the fact that it took them
four years since their last album to actually produce this piece of
bum fluff. For those of you who haven't heard "Leftism" yet, I
advise you to do so now. Four years ago it was the perfect chill-out
album with sounds like 'Open Up' and '21st Century Poem' the
listener was manipulated between fast and slow with the effortless
ease that only true masters could accomplish.
Now, (I'll say it again) four years on, the sounds are the same,
but the spirit is not, and I fear this album sounds anything but
original. In fact, tracks 2 ('phat planet') and 9 ('6/8') sound so
much like Lionrock, AKA Justin Robertson's 1996 album "An Appetite
for Detection" as to make me wonder what kind of short-term memory
Leftfield think their fans have. On the whole this is lazy and
disappointing. A pity, although some of the more melodic tracks did
demonstrate some residue of inspiration.
by John Moylan.