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Exit Planet Dust

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For years before the release of Exit Planet Dust, the production duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons were cranking out slabs of the biggest sounds around on the U.K. label Junior Boys' Own. Before screeching guitars and massive breakdowns were par for the course in dance music, they were unleashing monsters like "Chemical Beats" and "Song to the Siren"; their distorted beats and rock mentality were years ahead of their time. And, not surprisingly, they still hold up today, collected and rereleased, along with several newer tracks, on Exit Planet Dust. All the singles that established the trademark Chemicals sound are present, as are explorations of pop-song forms with vocalists Beth Orton ("Alive Alone") and Tim Burgess ("Life Is Sweet"). While a more evolved sound can be heard on their follow-up, Dig Your Own Hole, the roots of big beat can be found here. --Matthew Corwine

1. Leave Home
2. In Dust We Trust
3. Song To The Siren
4. Three Little Birdies Down Beats
5. Fuck Up Beats
6. Chemical Beats
7. Chico's Groove
8. One Too Many Mornings
9. Life Is Sweet
10. Playground Of A Wedgeless Firm
11. Alive Alone

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Manny Ramirez on September 17, 2001
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Okay, maybe that is a little strong to say, but Exit Planet Dust by the Chemical Brothers definitely ranks as one of techno/electronica's greatest CDs ever. I remember that I bought this a month ago and after already having Dig Your Own Hole to go by, I was a little disappointed on first listen. However, I decided to listen to it again and really concentrate on the music. I saw this album in a completely different light and it is in heavy rotation in my Maxima with its Bose system right now. The first 4 tracks are outstanding especially Leave Home and Three Little Birdies Down Beats. Then you have other great tracks like Chemical Beats, Chico's Groove, and Alive Alone sung by Beth Orton which is my favorite track on the album and one of techno/electronica's greatest songs. This CD is a little more focused than DYOH and a little more chill-out and ambient but in a frantic ambient way. Much better than DYOH--I should have gotten EPD first. A must-own album!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Moore on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I recently went back to this one after losing my copy a couple of years ago. I have to say that this album blew my mind then and still does now.

This album was my personal progression from the "old" order of electronica to what we know and enjoy today. "Song to the Siren" in particular is one of the most amazing tracks in my collection, even all of these years later. (especially impressive because it is a LIVE track. Listen and you will be amazed) There really isn't a bad track on this album. It holds up surprisingly well , even in 2005 when only the greatest of electronic albums can age more than a year or two without sounding horribly dated.

I eagerly awaited all things Chemical from the moment I bought this one waaaay back in the day (95 or 96 , I forget, as anyone in their 20s during that time probably would have, heh-heh)

This is the part that the fans will probably hate- I never heard anything that they did that was half as good as this album. Seriously. If you are a big fan of "Dig your own Hole" or any of the newer albums I don't know if you will dig this one. It almost sounds like a fluke to me compared to everything else they did. I was so stoked on this album I was buying every single they put out , every other band on Astralwerks , everything possible in hopes of matching this milestone album. ( at a time when I didn't have two pennies to rub together , mind you. )

Bottom line, I don't think the Chemical Brothers ever lived up to their potential, based on this album. I think they sold out with their electronic/rock crossover thing (Noel Gallagher vocals on the following album? Huh?) and ran with it. Good for them.

Buy this album, which should be an exhibit in some sort of museum - "Progression of Modern Electronica- early to mid 90's" with The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld , Freaky Chakra's Low Down Motivator, Single Cell Orchestra's self titled debut and Children of the Bong
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Malafeyev on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How do you describe music that is a very successful mixture of many styles?
Chemical Brothers rocked the world with this debut record. It's a very inspired and energetic album. It's electronica based on break-beat rhythms, which occasionally change for hip-hop-style beats. On top of that there are plenty of driving, rocking your seat, bass-lines, a whole lot of interwoven synthesizers, and many sound samples taken from "real life". It's all plastered together in a very intricate and crafty manner, immediately making sense, and taking you away. While mostly uptempo, a couple of slower tracks do not spoil the atmosphere.
This is an almost-perfect electronica release, which has the potential to rock the listener who wants it, or to be an unobtrusive background music to those who prefer it that way. Superb effort by Tom and Ed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcell Orosz on August 29, 2005
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Exit Planet Dust by The Chemical Brothers is a stunning debut album, one of the best debut albums by any artist. The sound of The Bros might seem a bit incosistent here, but what this album lacks in consinstency is rewarded with the best sampling and ideas ever accomplished. The album sounds just as fresh as it was released 10 years ago and stands the test of time. The uptempo first part is followed by a midtempo second part which contains two fantastic collaborations, "Life Is Sweet" and "Alive Alone". These 2 songs alone are worth the price of the album and the 5 stars it receives.

This is the beginning of the so-called big beat techno style which was invented and further developped by The Chems and copied by many artists (mostly Fatboy Slim and Propellerheads) after this release. This album paves the way to the second album by The Chems which happens to be the best tachno album of the decade.

Nevertheless, the fresh sound of Exit Planet Dust is still a feast for the ear and I like to listen to this album every once for a while. This is one hell of a brainstorm, a book of ideas that never gets boring. One can still find something that needs to be discovered. Whomever said that techno was boring, was wrong. Techno music never sounded this good. Anyone who's new to The Chems should give this album a try. They will be surprised. There is no tight structure here, no concept, just the love of music. This is what makes the world turn around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on March 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe it's already about 6 years old, but this is still a good listening electronic music album. "Life is Sweet" and "Alive Alone" prove that "electronica" can have some memorable tunes as opposed to just "big beats", while "Three Little Birdies Down Beats" delivers said beats. And for those only recently drawn in to the Brothers' wall of sound, "Exit Planet" shows that they had clearly developed their own sound and methods of sampling. All in all, a very solid and enjoyable album even for those who think "electronic" or "techno" music simply means THUMP-THUMP-THUMP and no emotion.
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