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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Om Records
  • ASIN: B003WR9NCE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bird 1
2. Always Loved A Film
3. Scribble
4. Hamburg Hotel
5. Grace
6. Between Stars
7. Diamond Jigsaw
8. Moon In Water
9. Louisiana

Editorial Reviews

Pioneering musically and questing lyrically, Underworld have forced the pace of electronic music. 'Barking' is the title of Underworld's first album in three years, and their first to be constructed with a brilliant cast of co-conspirators. All the tracks were written by the band in their Essex studio before being given to handpicked studio heads from across the whole spectrum of dance music to add some of their style and creativity to the band's raw material. The result is a pimped-up Underworld record and their finest collection of songs in over a decade.

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Great bass, great keyboards, great vocals.
Herbert West
After listening to the album several times and recently seeing them live, I can definitely say this is a solid album and well worth buying.
Brandon
Sadly, the music itself doesn't entirely follow.
Alex

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
For album number 6, UK Electronic act Underworld go for their most accessible Pop sound yet. No repetitive rave numbers like "Born slippy" or "Moaner" here, and most of the songs have vocals.

The album comprises 9 tracks, starting with the sublime stomping "Bird 1" (a travelogue of sorts), followed by the even catchier trancey "Always loved a film". Lead-off single "Scribble" is a dizzyingly euphoric piece with a 2-step beat.

Other upbeat numbers are the hypnotic "Grace" (vaguely remniscent of early Underworld), the surging "Between stars", the guitar-festooned "Diamond jigsaw" (think Madonna's "Ray of light"), and "Moon in water" which finds some female repeatedly reciting as though in a trance.

"Hamburg hotel" is a dark whirling instrumental, and closing is the surprising piano ballad "Louisiana" with caressingly soft vocals.

This has been a great year for Dance music, with fantastic albums from Groove Armada, Bomb The Bass, Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp, and now Underworld.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip Almeida on November 3, 2010
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Ever since Darren Emerson left the Underworld duo, their music lost an edge. The last album with Darren was Beaucoup Fish which was a classic. The last 2 albums got progressively boring and without creativity. I have to say after 2 listens though that Barking is definitely a step in the right direction. I would recommened it to fans of Underworld that gave up a few years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. MERRITT on January 13, 2011
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Sure, all you detractors, we all know Darren Emerson gave Underworld a more abstract edge and we miss his contribution. But this album continues the path that Rick and Karl have been headed down for quite some time. On this one, they also enlisted the best of the best to collaborate; Paul van Dyk, High Contrast, Dubfire... just to name a few. What does this get us? some kickin' tracks, is what...
"Always Loved a Film" - EPIC "Diamond Jigsaw" - ROCKIN'
There is a dud here, to be sure, in "Louisiana," but even "Moon in Water" has grown on me.
If you liked Oblivion with Bells, you should like Barking. If you yearn for their earliest days, like Dubnobass, then you'll hafta go back in time.
P.S. everything Underworld does is better live. Go see them!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angry Mofo on October 16, 2010
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Good news: Karl Hyde is trying to sing again. He does a fragile falsetto in "Louisiana," a cold, swaggering intonation in "Between Stars," and a nervous, worried rhythmic declamation in "Bird 1" that follows the best traditions of 1993's Dubnobasswithmyheadman (still without peer, almost 20 years later). His more typical nasal singing shows up as well, in "Scribble" and "Diamond Jigsaw." But at least he's trying, and at least there isn't any of that awful loud spoken-word rambling that marred most of 2007's Oblivion With Bells.

More good news: Karl Hyde is trying to write songs again! The worst thing about Oblivion With Bells was that, even as the vocals were more up-front in the mix than ever before, the content of what Hyde was saying was at an all-time low, literally just nonsensical phrases strung together. That shows up on Barking, too. But somehow, "Bird 1" nails exactly the evocative quality that Hyde's stream-of-consciousness style had at its best (that is, on Dubnobasswithmyheadman and a couple of later songs), with lovely, captivating imagery like, "he saw a white church with a blue-domed roof, a crucifix on the top" and the cryptic chorus, "there is one bird in my house."

Unfortunately, that's the absolute peak of the album, with more than a few examples of poor writing in other songs. The ghost of Dubnobasswithmyheadman hovers over Barking. "Grace" is basically a rewrite of "Dirty Epic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I'm Right on April 4, 2012
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This sounds more like a "greatest hits" kind of album instead of an Underworld album, I guess I could see how they'd want to do this since people were complaining about their last couple of albums since a Hundred Days Off that they're sound has calmed down too much and gotten too weird, eitherway I still liked Oblivion with Bells because it was something way different than what they've put out before, and I like when they go in different directions. Barking however sounds radio-friendly, which didn't click with their signature sound they're known for. I saw another Amazon reviewer comment that this album rewards repeated listens but I found it to be the opposite. Although the very first time I listen to this album I was coming off a bad acid trip and this extremely upbeat and soothing album was like butter to my ears, however after a few repeated listenings there just isn't much replay value for me in most of the songs. Sure songs like Moon in Water and Grace for example are good, but they're all like 4 minute standard songs, not epic sprawling 15 minute songs. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that Underworld has given themselves too many boundaries in this one, Oblivion with Bells can be the polar opposite of Underworld doing whatever the f*** they wanted with their sound being very non-commercial, then they did this album which sounds very commercial.

However there still are some excellent tracks on here, Bird 1 in particular shows Underworld's growth in the right direction, and Between Stars shows a more haunting side of them that I'd like to see more of. If you're introducing a friend to Underworld this would probably be a good album for them to wrap their heads around but still Barking just didn't do it for this longtime fan.
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