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Accelerator [Original recording reissued]

Future Sound of LondonAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B000001D7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Expander
2. Stolen Documents
3. While Others Cry
4. Calcium
5. It's Not My Problem
6. Papua New Guinea
7. Moscow
8. 1 in 8
9. Pulse State
10. Central Industrial
11. Expander: Remix
12. Moscow: Remix
13. Papua New Guinea: Graham Massey Mix (Bonus Track)

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Future Sound Of London ~ Accelerator

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic FSOL November 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
FSOL's first album (released in '91)and also one of my favorites. Their early 90s work differs a lot from their ambient techno of the mid 90s - it's comparable to the work from Moby and Orbital around the same time. Fans of their ambient style might prefer their later work. This album was probably the first techno that I listened to, so for a long time it has been the standard to which I compare other albums. The track 'Papa New Guinea' has to be one of their best known tracks and one of my all-time favorites. For the fans that like all of FSOL's work also check out their alter ego Amorphous Androgynous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the finest mind music I know... September 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
FSOL Accelerator
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well... December 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
When it all comes down to comparing "Accelerator" with other FSOL works, it becomes apparent that the same ratings systems cannot be used. Afterall, "Accelerator" is FSOL's most accessable album, something which appeals both to hardcore FSOL fans, and the average techno-loving Joe who may not be into the whole "Ambient-Trance" genre which FSOL's "LifeForms" basically defined. And where "LifeForms" is full of natural sounds and music which is hypnotic and almost not music at all, "Accelerator" is full instead of beats, structure, and the usual odd sound clips which are thrown in on occaison to add variety. And while this does make it a good album, it is not FSOL's best; rating third, after "LifeForms" and "Dead Cities".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, if atypical, start January 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
All in all, a very good first effort, although, in light of thier later releases, a very atypical one in that it is very "club-ready," with a lot of pounding dance beats and simplistic melodies, entireely unlike later relases such as "Dead Cities" and "Lifeforms," which concentrate less on establishing dense dance beats and more on melodic development.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the finest mind music September 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dry of a debut but I think they're onto something December 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I took a shot with Accelerator because a friend of mine really digs their stuff(plus I really like Papua New Guinea). So when I found out that Ambient Works Vol. 1 was too rich for my blood(and Druqgs for better or worse just plain ...), I bought it with a little hesistation. While I can't say that it was completely worth it, a few stand out moments make this debut worth a look.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Sound Of London, The - Accelerator
Accelerator. If you don't have this album, you don't know anything about electronic music. It's a classic through-and-through. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow going
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Future Sound Of London - 'Accelerator' (Cleopatra)
Good electronic / ambient artist's very first CD, originally put out in 1991. Took me awhile to land a copy of this title. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by Mike Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars First ok Second Great
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
Published on July 19, 2004 by Evan
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre with the exception of Papua New Guinea
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 more
Published on June 28, 2004 by Jia
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic Genius
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 more
Published on February 8, 2003 by A. Farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars First Timer
(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 more
Published on December 31, 2001 by "germ87"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the future of sound
I bought this record when I started getting into Orbital and other techno groups. I'd heard that this was a classic album but when I listened to it I realised that it wasn't for... Read more
Published on April 15, 2001 by N Snow
3.0 out of 5 stars They got better after this
This is their worst album, I think Lifeforms is much better.
Published on October 27, 2000 by Nick Martinez
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