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Blue Album

OrbitalAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Orbital became one of the biggest names in techno during the mid-'90s by solving the irreconcilable differences previously inherent in the genre: to stay true to the dance underground and, at the same time, force entry into the rock arena, where an album functions as an artistic statement -- not a collection of singles -- and a band's prowess is demonstrated by the actual performance ... Read more in Amazon's Orbital Store

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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0002JELRC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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1. Transient
2. Pants
3. Tunnel Vision
4. Lost
5. You Lot
6. Bath Time
7. Acid Pants
8. Easy Serv
9. One Perfect Sunrise

Editorial Reviews

The Blue Album is the seventh and supposedly final album by one of dance music's most enduring pioneers. Orbital's blend of techno, breaks, and acid has been mimicked but never quite copied in their 10-plus years at the top. Fans looking for sweeping cinematic dance numbers may be confused by first track "Transient," six minutes of techno bubbles, awash with echo, but not so much as a bass drum in sight. However, as it is common for their songs to be progressive, here it is the album itself that progs. Beginning in a chilled style best described as techno-Enya, the beats pick up and the synths get spikier until "You Lot," a classic Orbital piece complete with theological dialogue and a swirling melody.

"Bath Time" is more downbeat, a warm baroque number that slows the pace only to enhance the impact of next track "Acid Pants," a twisted acid monster featuring Sparks on vocals, which could well be the highlight of the album. The closing song featuring Lisa Gerrard is upbeat, jolly tech-house with her ethereal vocal soaring over the top--a fitting end to an album and indeed career that brought techno to the mainstream and kept analog synthesizers cool. --David Trueman

Product Description

After 15 years of working together as Orbital, the innovative & influential techno duo known as Paul & Phil Hartnoll have announced that Blue Album will be their final release. Blue Album, which is their seventh album was recorded gradually over the last year & finds the brothers returning to their sound "that is closer on character to our first album because we made it in our own time & for ourselves" says Paul Hartnoll. The Blue Album features collaborations with Sparks, Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance), & Walter/Wendy Carlos (Clockwork Orange).

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A graceful way to bow out. October 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sure, Orbital always had the occasional dissonant numbers, but at their best, they made better melodies than just about any other techno band. Even when they made slow, melancholy tracks, the keyboards were always so clean and melodic as to lift one's spirits anyway, and when they were applied to loud, fast dance anthems with tough beats, like "Lush 3-1," the result was sheer Ecstasy. So it's kind of a surprise that the Blue Album really doesn't have much in the way of those bright-eyed, bushy-tailed melodies at all. On the contrary, the feel of the album is very ambiguous; even a pleasant diversion like "Bath Time" sounds a bit subdued, a bit uncertain. This is largely due to Orbital's use of the claustrophobic bass sound of early techno. Some of the chirping effects in "Transient" could have come from a decade-old Black Dog Productions track, and "Lost" has a cold, chiming melody that looks back to Autechre's first two albums.

As if to accentuate Orbital's newly dark aesthetic, "You Lot" steals the main rhythm from Underworld's timeless track "Dirty." The skittish synthesizer patterns in the same track are also very similar to those in Underworld's "Dark Hard." But where Underworld's night-time city was alternately menacing and sad, Orbital's is luminous and sterile, deliberately artificial like the highways and tunnels leading away from a major international airport. ("Pants" is a great track to listen to while driving in just such a setting.) The heavily distorted vocal samples at the end of "You Lot" call to mind another techno landmark, Juan Atkins' "Night Drive Through Babylon." To this classicist style, which has been dormant for so long (thanks to "jungle") that it actually sounds quite fresh on this album, Orbital add their recent interest in film music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Swan Song August 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Like many Orbital and music critics a like, save one or two songs, I was very dissapointed by The Altogether, Orbitals last album. It was a messy, uninspired, schizophrenic affair leaving me alienated. My favorite group had fallen from grace.

So I was pretty anxious as to what the Blue Album was going to sound like. I'm in the US so got it on import since I couldn't wait(however, I maybe missing out on some sort of deluxe edition like they did with the Altogether and InSides in the US)

Happy to say im pleasantly surprised! No its not as brilliant as their magnum opus Insides from 1997, but leaps and bounds better than the Altogether, and on par with or perhaps even better than Middle of Nowhere(which im still fond of)

You can hear every Orbital album reflected here, but in a new context. You'll hear elements of other Orbial songs contained within, or even the mash up of a few Orbital songs. It may seem lazy or too self referential, but it works here. It seems more subtle, more refined, more haunting than other Orbital releases. Definitely emotional and sometimes even achingly beautiful.

What it is missing from other Orbital albums is the complex interlocking melodies and counter melodies, multi movement songs, songs seguing from one to the next, and all the songs and the album in its entirety is much too short. (why they left two tracks off is beyond me).

But there is not a single song I hate or strongly dislike on here.

"Transient" is a beautiful and unexpected opener, very Philip Glass with its string and harpsichord arpeggios, with clanging electronics enveloping it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting End July 30, 2005
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Unlike many other reviewers, this is my favourite orbital album, and i think it is a brilliant way to retire.

My track reviews are:

1. Transient: 9.5/10 - a nice start to the album with strage computer/ambient sounds. no percussion, a first for orbital.... i think. There is a nice climax at the end with strings.

2. Pants: 10/10 - Definately one of my favourites, a cool tune with loud, thumping percussion.

3. Tunnel Vision: 9.5/10 - Very intense drums, for an orbital song. builds up well and keeps you interested throughout.

4. Lost: 8/10 - one of my less favourite tracks, quieter thanlots of the other tracks. but works well inbeetween tunnel vision and you lot.

5. You Lot: 10/10 - my favourite orbital track of all time. from the very start you know that it is going to be good. with a catchy tune, a loud beat, and intresesting 'vocals'. the song builds up extremely to a brilliant finish.

6. Bath Time: 10/10 - another favourite with its somehow, funny tune that gets stuck in your head. a very light and happy song.

7. Acid Pants: 10/10 - with it's strange lyrics, loud rythems and synths this track is another standout. it gets you singing along to the tune.

8. Easy Serv: 7/10 - a filler i guess, it goes on a bit long and not really one of the tracks i listen to and is my least favourite track on the album. too much like elevator usic to me.

9. One Perfect Sunrise: 10/10 - The perfect way to end the final album by orbital, with orbital's trademark women's singing. The last 2 minutes or so of the song are pure genius.

overall, i think if you like orbital's type of music this won't dissapoint and i would reccomend it to all electronic/techno fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars rich electronic fusion
Emotional, heartfelt singing with a tremendous upsurge of beats and harmonics. Everything swirls around you in all directions! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christine koenemann
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
music by Orbital has the right mix of downtempo, beat and electronica - makes me happy, keeps me focused at work
Published 13 months ago by M. Massenzio
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album
Aside from the 7th track on the album, I thought this was a phenomenal set of songs. I still find the In Sides double album to be their best work, but having read some... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian M Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I had the opportunity to hear a full album of orbital and loved, had heard the song "One perfect sunrise" with Lisa Gerrard is terrific.
Published on November 28, 2011 by Alejandro Hern�ndez Osuna
4.0 out of 5 stars An Almost Perfect album.
I got into listening to electronica music starting with the Chemical Brothers. I loved it! Listening to The Prodigy and Orbital and a variety of other acts quickly followed. Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by Gary Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Orbital!
If you're looking for a typical Orbital CD, this one will do it for you. Nothing really outstanding about it. It's good, don't get me wrong. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by David R. Mobley
4.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive Orbital Work
I keep hoping the Hartnoll brothers were kidding when they said this would be the last Orbital recording, but since it came out in 2004 they might have just meant it. Read more
Published on January 29, 2008 by R. D. Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars To the reviewer from Winnipeg...
I've already written a review, so I'll keep this short. The lack of climax in the songs on this album is intentional; whereas on Orbitals 1 and 2 the mood was energetic and... Read more
Published on October 24, 2007 by Shawn Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
What facinates me about Orbital is the fact that they started with such a bang and then slowly declined. Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars My Tribute to Orbital
Before I write this review I want to share a quick story. I first heard Orbital back in 1992 with a dance version of the song "Chime" and I was hooked. Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by R. Rivera
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