Becoming X

July 18, 2000 | Format: MP3

$5.00
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4:38
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3:48
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4:06
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4:15
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4:21
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5:12
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4:11
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4:29
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4:29
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4:31
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5:03
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3:54

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 6, 2000
  • Release Date: July 6, 2000
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2000 Clear Up Records Ltd. Issued under exclusive license in America to Virgin Records America
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  • Total Length: 52:57
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  • ASIN: B008KW23KA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It turned out that every other song is good too, and the album maintains the 6 Underground feel.
Luke Heerman
I immediately fell in love with "6 Underground" (one of my all-time favorite songs still) and had to get the CD that housed the intoxicating hit.
Bubbles
Now, I have the album, and it's one of those cd's that get better and better each time you listen to it.
Toby Roxane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Reticuli on July 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album -- no doubt about it. Their music was dark and subversively sensual. In my opinion, it's a very different "feel" than either the Cardigans or Alanis Morissette. In fact, the Editorial Review above is a bit laughable. Anyway, the Sneaker Pimps mixed alternative, experimental rock with trip hop into what I like to call trance rock. The breathtaking spatial precision of the production and engineering is evidence of Howe and Corner's obsession with the psychoacoustics of stereo sound and room reflections. Becoming X is very unique in its atmospheres, but tends towards the subtle, minimalist side of things. Chris Corner, for instance, initially poked fun at the Nellee Hooper version of Six Underground as being too glossy and commercially oriented. Sorry Chris, but this is not "commercially oriented" music; I'd call Madonna and the Backstreet Boys commercial, not this. Becoming X has a great basic sound and structure to it, and I think Nellee Hooper could have been used to help produce and mix all of their future material to perfect results. If this album had been totally remixed by Mr. Hooper, it'd be an absolute masterpiece. Having songs "kicked-in in all the right places" is what music is about, not the lack thereof. The boys of the band gradually began learning this, and their later, lushly produced remixes and b-sides show it. Kelli was also taking on more songwriting duties as well as giving more production advice. Eventually, the band developed on their own into what Nellee Hooper could have instantly brought them to. Everything seemed to be progressing gorgeously, as evidenced by the track Velvet Divorce, then ZAP!Read more ›
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on August 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Long before Zero 7 and Air shook up urban CD stores with their downtempo chill, the Sneaker Pimps released "Becoming X." Unlike Zero 7 and Air, however, the Sneaker Pimps were far closer to rock than ambience. In fact, the Sneaker Pimps were part of the same 1990s British Invasion that brought us Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Radiohead and the like. "Becoming X" was a promising debut for a band that, unfortunately, never went on to better things.

Unlike most trip hop, which uses largely anonymous female vocalists, the Sneaker Pimps boasted a charismatic and photogenic lead singer in Kelli Dayton. On the best songs on this CD, Dayton shifts through several moods - edgy one moment, playful the next, weary a moment after, and eager the moment after that. Dayton is so playful that unless you listen closely, you won't realise that much of the material here uses standard rock song structures. According to the credits, she didn't write a single word of the lyrics, but there's no denying that her unique voice soars above the exotic flute samples and drumloops that make up the usual instrumental backing here.

"Wasted Early Sunday Morning," "Post-Modern Sleaze," "Tesko Suicide," and the single "Six Underground" are the best songs here. Elsewhere, I found myself wanting more variety, both in tempos and in choices of backing instrumentation.

This is Dayton's only CD with the band. She's since changed her name to Kelli Ali and released two CDs that generally take her into tougher rock and electronica territory. I recommend "Psychic Cat" which is now available as a domestic release in the US. The rest of the Pimps, as mentioned earlier, never surpassed "Becoming X," but if you're addicted to the sound of this CD you'll probably enjoy parts of their later CDs as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on November 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the era of trip hop, many of us (Americans that is) seemed to miss the influence this style had upon music. However, I got a taste of this band when I saw the trailer for the movie Cruel Intentions back in 1998 but I never really knew who sang the song until 2001 when I picked up a friend's mixed CD. I immediately fell in love with "6 Underground" (one of my all-time favorite songs still) and had to get the CD that housed the intoxicating hit. Becoming X still remains one of my very favorite CDs and actually introduced me to the world of trip hop. "Low Place Like Home" starts the CD off in an almost Garbage like sound but keeps to the trip hop genre while "Tesko Suicide" keeps you engrossed with Kelli's vocals. "Becoming X", "Post-Modern Sleaze", "Waterbaby", and "Wasted Early Sunday Morning" each prove to be very good tracks as well and "How Do" remains sort of haunting with the vocals and low tone and "Walking Zero" seems eery throughout, even in the lyrics. "Spin Spin Sugar", a song still played in the clubs, makes you feel like you are on a sugar rush and spinning but for all the wrong reasons while "Roll On" becomes a come on and proposition. Finally, "6 Underground (Nelle Hooper Edit)" still shines brightly on this album, very strong, passionate, seductive, all of it in one package. This is definately a strong CD with so much potential even years after it's release and it's a shame Kelli no longer sings for the Sneaker Pimps because this album truly was and is captivating to the last note.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This could quite possibly be the best album on the planet, in my opinion. Many genres (trip-hop, pop, electronic, et al.) are covered in the course of only eleven songs (twelve if you count the last track, an excellent remix of their hit "6 Underground" done by professional disc jockey Nellee Hooper).
Track 1 - "Low Place Like Home" A fun litle song with lush beats and plenty of bass. Features such exuberant lyrics as, "Crucify yourself, in a low place like home."
Track 2 - "Tesko Suicide" TS is an electric, hyperactive song detailing how suicide has become chic. A member of the group issued a remark stating, "They might as well sell kits down at the local [Tesko grocery store]." I like the song, but I do not like its message.
Track 3 - "6 Underground" is a catchy, ethereal lullaby of a pop tune. According to the Sneaker Pimps themselves, it is about the overwhelming constrictiveness of small town life. The last beat of this song is the first beat of the next, a neat effect.
Track 4 - "Becoming X" is a dirty song, yet it is clean at the same time. A filthy booming electronic beat resides under the song, but above it is a clean and neat piano section gibinjg a generally extraterrestrial feel.
Track 5 - "Spin Spin Sugar" Many people have purchased "Becoming X" on this song's merits alone. Features samples of a Russian sounding woman screaming and moaning.
Track 6 - "Post-Modern Sleaze" is a slow moving, acoustic guitar driven track. It also has portions played on a rather Middle Eastern type wind instrument.
Track 7 - "Waterbaby" Waterbaby is a good song, but it is one of the weakest tracks on "Becoming X.
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