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Burial Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperdub Records
  • ASIN: B000FA55X2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Southern Comfort
6. U Hurt Me
7. Gutted
8. Forgive
9. Broken Home
10. Prayer
11. Pirates

Editorial Reviews

Wire Magazine honored this 2006 release - ''one of the best of the year.'' This first album on Kode9's Hyperdub label comes from the mysterious Burial. On this stunning self-titled CD debut, Burial carves out a sound which sends the dormant slinky syncopations of UK garage, via radio interference, into a padded cell of cushioned, muffled bass, passing through the best of Pole's Berlin crackle dub. Burial explores a tangential, parallel dimension of the growing sound of dubstep. Burial's parallel dimension sounds set in a near future South London underwater. You can never tell if the crackle is the burning static off pirate radio transmissions, or the tropical downpour of the submerged city outside the window. In their sometimes suffocating melancholy, most of these tracks seem to yearn for drowned lovers. The smouldering desire of "Distant Lights" is cooled only by the percussive ice sharp slicing of blades and jets of hot air blowing from the bass. Listen also for a fleeting appearance from Hyperdub's resident vocalist, the Spaceape unravelling his crypto-biography. In its loud quietness, Burial takes his kitchen crackle aesthetic neither from the digital glitch nor merely from a nostalgia for vinyl's materiality. Instead, as "Pirates" suggests, Burial's crackle mutates the tactile surplus value of pirate radio transmissions. Burial's mix is haunted. Echoed voices breeze in and out, on road to another time. Pirate signals from other frequencies stream in. This is a tidal wave of noise submerging all but the crispest syncopations. The noise is not violent, but caressing, tickling, exciting the ends of your nerves. Utterly seductive.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Dubstep is although a relatively recent music genre, it's a successful splicing of the rhythmic arrangements and some of the instrumentation, normally associated with 2-Step/Garage, with the bass and reverberation of Dub reggae. And what initially seems like an unusual/oddly confusing pairing of genres, works remarkably like a mash-up of dancefloor friendly, bass-heavy 2-step. But there is a new lineage of producers willing to experiment with the boundaries of the genre...taking other elements of genres, and slowly filtering them into the Dubstep genre. Enter low-key producer "Burial" with a altogether more sinister approach to the genre. His masterstroke is to take the sound out of the clubs, and shift the focus towards something far more suited towards an intimate home-listening experience, slow the beats down and give them an eerie, disembodied paranoid edge, and take the mood & atmosphere of Electronica and imbue them against melancholy keyboards, throbbing acid lines, and fragmented beats, and arrange them into hugely atmospheric slow-moving almost filmic sci-fi productions, that make up the albums tracks.

It's a largely gloomy and ghostly sound, one that expresses a mournful sonic sentiment, via the use of spacious, sparse productions with little touches like static and echo effects, that recall night-time cityscape aerial-views of the capital at night. Sounds and moods are build around samples, shifting awkwardly around each other. "Gutted" shapes an impressively claustrophobic track, which would be ideal, for driving a car through the city after dark, around what sounds like a sample of a gun (pistol) being reloaded.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars do not miss this if you are into electronic music April 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It was very refreshing to hear this CD. I listen to a lot of new music, but most of the stuff leaves my player after a couple of listens.

This however is one of those things that will remain memorable...similar to those early 90's massive attack albums. The music is obviously electronic, but somehow it manages to have this deep, organic sound. The rhythms are somewhat complex, unexpected. I don't think it will work extremely well as club dance music, but this doesn't really matter to me.

I am not sure how someone would give it 1 star. Obviously this is not for everyone - it is hard to imagine my dad digging it (he likes sinatra and stan getz)...but if one likes creative electronic music, there is no way one will be dissappointed.

And if you do like this, there are a few other good artists to explore, e.g Kode 9, Boxcutter and the likes
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rebirth of a genre September 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If drum 'n bass, or electronic music in general, needed an inspiration, Burial is it. In my opinion, his self-titled debut is probably the best album I've run across in 2006 so far - and that means everything else Pitchfork has recommended this year. While Skream and others are the stars of this relatively new genre called dubstep, Burial truely has taken it somewhere else - somewhere deeper and more sophisticated than any of the "huge" hits of the scene. For a better picture of what I'm getting at, think a mostly-instrumental version of Massive Attack and Tricky with a little tricky two-step and some sounds reminiscent of late-90s techstep. Check out the songs "Distant Lights," "Southern Comfort," and the clever gun-cock sample used throughout "Gutted."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way Beyond the "Roni Size of Dubstep" May 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just when I think it will never happen again, it hits me like a ton of skunky bricks! A new kind of music. It was our Chicago dubstep militia at Sonotheque; the experience was presaged by some serious bass at the last couple Burning Man shindigs.

A dubstep event has a frightful, psyched-out, root chakra vibe. Yes, it is official, somebody discovered the most subliminal, tripped out sound to ever reach Earth. I would go so far as to say that dubstep is the most significant sound to come out of the underground since the invention of what is currently understood as "electronic music".

At first, all the hype made me think that Burial might be the version for those people who, in the 90s, listened to Roni Size CDs in their apartments while the hardcore massive raved it up Renegade Hardware style. But that's not accurate.

Last weekend my girlfriend and I sat at a stoplight on Division. For the first time, we noticed a rusty bike chained up by the concrete wall of the underpass. It was adorned with fake flowers and a name and the words "She heard everyday sounds in music."

That shrine was a sad, otherworldly thing. We listened to "Distant Lights", and I think that I finally figured it out (thank God for fragile hungover states).

For me the only place where such decayed, apocalyptic beauty is in abundance is when you are wandering the Burning Man playa at 3am, haunted by time travelers from the future (or are they spirits of those who will die in some irradiated, barren desert of tomorrow?). And also in archaic dream tunnels lit by dirty fluorescent lights, unambiguous archways to the Underworld. The Unconscious and the dead share a language, and speak in poignant symbols.

Now leave your apartment and hear some alien BASS at a club with a massive system!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sooo good
you know why you love it, cuz its so good. Burial is around froevers or whateves. he might be ur gma.
Published 7 months ago by its relative.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody
Moody and relaxing, I bought this after watching a video with one of the songs as mood setting background and became addicted I love it...
Published 7 months ago by Paula Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the best albums I've heard. I recommend Hearing alone at night while driving that's when you get ultimate satisfaction.
Published 17 months ago by Diego Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars obsessed from the first listen
amazing haunting minimalist sound with an atmosphere i can't even begin to describe it's so lovely, i can't wait to hear more from burial.
Published 19 months ago by mw
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassic Burial
he's up to his usually heady antics on this one. full of cerebral beats and though provoking melodies. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Epic_Elite
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the rain
Mood is at the forefront here. It sounds like a world awash in rain...this music gets right into your core.
Published 24 months ago by J. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
With time, it's becoming clear that nearly everything Burial has done - whether it be albums, EPs, remixes or stray singles (especially "Where Is Home," "Fostercare," "Shutta" and... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Musek F. Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD builds and builds on listening
I enjoy diverse genres of music, and am not at all able to tease apart the many genres, so trust other reviewers who identify where this fits in. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Stuart Malin
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twitching soundscapes
Burial's first, self-titled release introduces an instantly likeable brand of dubstep. It's easy to see why it popped up in so many Best of 2006 lists: this is an expertly crafted... Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible atmosphere and original sound..
..dark and cra kly sound..the old fuz y radio is losing the s gnal..rain pours down outside..a dist nt voice echoes in the d rkness..sadness and pain.. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by ghost alive
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