Accelerator Original recording reissued
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FSOL have, for me, always produced the sounds that best reflect what's happening inside my head. This album is a classic, pure genius. and with the signature track being Papua New Guinea. This track has haunted me since I first heard it years ago, as a deep hum in the background to a BBC radio documentry on House and Rave culture in the UK. I had no idea what or who it was. All I knew was I had to hear it again. This is THE CD in my collection.
The opening track, "Expander," is a vibrant one, with smashing dance beats and beautifully conterposing melodies. "Stolen Documents" has more of a jazzy feel to it, while "While Others Cry" expresses Latin and Afro-Cuban influences. Tracks 4 and 5, "Calcium" and "It's not my problem" are rather boring drones. "Papua New Guinea" is a lush, evocative, beautiful, almost sensual song, with its choral vocalisations and its tribal breakbeats. "Moscow" is an angry song with a punishing rhythm; it foreshadows "We Have Explosive" in some ways. Both "1 in 8" and "Pulse State" are two more uninspired droning bores. "Central Industrial," with its industrial-tribal breakbeats and choral accents, is one of the best dance songs ever released.
The next few songs are remixes: "Expander:Remix" is one of those rare remixes that is better than the original, "Moscow:Remix" accentuates the gentler aspects of the original while retaining the punishing drive, and "Papua New Guinea: Grahm Massey Mix" is far too busy for my tastes.
Once again like so many other ambient acts, Accelerator is rooted deeply in old ways of Tangerine Dream, but with more sampling and a lot of dancing grooves(Very similar to Orb in many ways). Complex shifting synths are matched with dub-like drum loops and some great audio production techniques. The result creates intriguing dance grooves but some interesting audioscapes as well. All and all, its quality stuff but...
I find myself really digging to figure how this competes with other contemperaries that do the same thing but less panche so to speak. It lacks that certain something that makes groups like Red Snapper, Autechre(whom I really dig), Underworld, or Orbital themselves. It just feels too conventional too really take off.
But don't let my skeptism sway you too much. I've been buying way too much music to really give anything a real indepth listen any more. However, the stuff that stands out on top, really stands out. FSOL certainly has some ideas that with a little polish could certainly lead to something great. I'm giving their two disc epic a chance to see if this band has anything more to offer. I'm going to keep trying to see if this CD has a few more suprises but still as it stands, you really could do better than this.(3 1/2).
P.S. Although its still better than Drugqs....
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ACCELERATOR from 1991 was the first full-length album by The Future Sound of London, the duo of Brian Dougans and Gary Cobain who already had a long history of innovative singles... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher Culver
Accelerator. If you don't have this album, you don't know anything about electronic music. It's a classic through-and-through. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by scoundrel
Hardly anything past exotic stepcercise playing at your local gym save the oft-cited and featured-elsewhere PNG.Published on July 10, 2010 by IRate
Good electronic / ambient artist's very first CD, originally put out in 1991. Took me awhile to land a copy of this title. Read morePublished on June 27, 2005 by Mike Reed
There to cds on this album.The first one is Accelorator.
Accelorator is very good like... i like a couple of the songs but this is more of a more techno album. Read more
I decided to pick this up after hearing Lifeforms, and hearing several great things about "Papua New Guinea". Believe the hype about "Papua New Guinea! Read morePublished on June 28, 2004 by Jia
Opening with "Expander" was a smart move. The song makes you get out of your seat and dance. The rest of the album differs in places, but stays along the same vein. Read morePublished on February 8, 2003 by A. Farquhar
Same vibe as some early Orb, very entertaining and real - if you claim to like techno, you should have this album. You'll really be cheating yourself if you buy just the single.Published on July 29, 2002
(I am writing this review the first day I hear FSOL) I haven't yet purchased any of FSOL's albums, but from the samples I keep hearing this is one of the best electronica/ techno... Read morePublished on December 31, 2001