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  • Vinyl (October 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • ASIN: B001AQVSHM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Low Place Like Home
2. Tesko Suicide
3. 6 Underground
4. Becoming X
5. Spin Spin Sugar
6. Post-Modern Sleaze
7. Waterbaby
8. Roll On
9. Wasted Early Sunday Morning
10. Walking Zero
11. How Do
12. 6 Underground [Nellee Hooper Edit][Mix]

Editorial Reviews

"UK only, Strictly Limited Edition Half Speed Direct Metal Mastered LP pressed on 200gram VIRGIN VINYL from the original master tapes, resulting in a better detail resolution and lower noise ratio, presented in an individually numbered picture sleeve housed in a PVC dust jacket. One Little Indian."

Customer Reviews

I wish The Sneaker Pimps would've made more albums with Kelli Dayton, because magic happens!
sensative psycho
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

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59 of 60 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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28 of 31 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Counts on May 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've had this cd and the remix edition in my cd collection for about 8 years now. I've always been a fan of trip hop and found the Sneaker Pimps to be a group that certainly secured their niche with this album. too bad it was a one time shot (their second album falls short of their debut, mainly with the loss of their lead vocalist). But after a James Bond marathon this weekend, I noticed something about the track "6 Underground" that in my 8 years of listening had never noticed before. The main source of this track comes from the Goldfinger Soundtrack (you can hear it when James Bond finds Jill Masterson covered in gold). I always knew there was something drawing me into that song but that diffently made me understand why. Which is another reason why I've grown to love British trip hop over American. The Brits really research and find classic samples that the listener may not recognize but will fully enjoy.
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