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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 (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B00004T6UZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Becomes
2. Planet of the Shapes
3. Lush 3-1
4. Lush 3-2
5. Impact (The Earth Is Burning)
6. Remind
7. Walk Now...
8. Monday
9. Halcyon and on and On
10. Input Out

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After their groundbreaking debut, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll quickly put trendy tags like "rave," "techno," and "hardcore" behind them. With Orbital 2, the brothers went to great lengths to show that some of their primary interests lie beyond the dance floor, as influences like Miles Davis and Steve Reich crept into the fragmented, floating arrangements. Atmospheric tracks such as "Lush 3-1" and its near relative "Lush 3-2" transcended established electronic formulas by breaking away from regular beat patterns, and they borrowed Opus III vocalist Kirsty to create the catchy, entrancing mesmerizer "Halcyon + On + On." Orbital had come a long way from their breakthrough single "Chime," and by all indications would never go back again. --Aidin Vaziri

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I, for one, feel this with each repeated listening of the cd.
Alec Rojas
So in short -- this album is one of the only CD's I have without a single disappointing track.
seb
It's much calmer, and it's probably the most danceable track on the whole album.
Tracher

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joe@joe.net on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is Orbitals' best album except possibly In Sides. It's really best not to compare them but call one the 'best of the older stuff' and the other 'best of the newer stuff'. The Brown Album/Orbital 2 is the best of the older stuff. It begins with the Hartnolls having fun with the Star Trek vocal sample "there is the theory of the Moebius..." from The Green album's Moebius and takes off from there. The brothers expand on the happy dance tunes of that album here; they keep the dance beats going while getting a bit more experimental with synths, sounds, and moods. The best tracks include the spacy Planet of the Shapes, the hard-hitting apocalyptic Impact (the earth is burning), the synth-saturated Remind, and of course Lush 3-1 and 3-2, which are aptly named. I strongly recommend this album, but don't listen to people who tell you that the newer material is unworthy in comparison, because that is simply not true. Start with this album if you are new to Orbital, then sample some of the newer stuff and see how you like it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tracher on September 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1993, when today's legendary second Orbital album named the "Brown Album" came out, it was an album with something unheard of at the time, it was a masterpiece that started a revolution. Although it's in the same vein as their first "Yellow/Green" CD, it has a very different, more complex structure.
It starts with "TIME BECOMES" a sample borrowed from Star Trek, a vocal sample spoken by Worf which goes: "there is the theory of the Moebius, a twist in the fabric of space, where time becomes a loop...where time becomes a loop" and on and on and on, almost 2 minutes of non - stop hilarious mixture of sounds ( Orbitals's humorous side, which is much more noticeable on "Snivilisation", as there are more vocal samples).
..."even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day"...
starts "PLANET OF THE SHAPES". Slow, loops up and down, left and right, and suddenly explodes into a 10 minute harsh and at moments beautiful ambient melody. "PLANET OF THE SHAPES" fades out slowly, the same way it started...
..."even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day"...
and then you're off! "LUSH 3 -1" will come at you so fast you won't know what hit you. And it gets even better! It stretches on to "LUSH 3 -2". It's calmer but it's also more intense.
Unnoticeably it flows into another 10 minute delight, the chillingly dark and scary "IMPACT (The earth is burning)". It's really beautiful, one of the best tracks on the album.
"WALK NOW..." is more different than the last four tracks. It's much calmer, and it's probably the most danceable track on the whole album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1999
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I've bought 3+ copies of this album in the years since it was first released, because I keep lending it to people and it doesn't come home :-). This is by far the peak of the Hartnoll brothers' catalog of releases; only "Chime" comes anywhere close, and then only for one track. Don't *even* bother with the newer stuff. Part of what makes this album so amazing is its continuity- you put it on, and it flows mesmerizingly from one track to the next, one perfect moment after another. This is 90's rave in its pure state; made before electronic music fractured into a billion genres, the brothers put in a bit of everything, not too much of any one, and the result is far more than the sum of its parts! Rhythms vary from straight up tec-trance-style 4/4 to what might be considered breakbeat, but really is more like a slowed-down D&B beat structure. Ambient washes of lush (pun intended) sound complement and smooth selectively sparse uses of harder-edged noises. The use of sitar sounds on "Planet of the Shapes" and digeridoo on "Walk Now" (they should have called it "dance like a madman now") lends the mix a delightful trippy world-beat flavor that subtly adds to the overall sense of a musical "journey through the mind." Production is excellent; these tracks sounds good through headphones AND big hulking stacks. And you may not find the same thing, but I hear a theme throughout the album, echoing from the first bizarre intro track (a looped-over sample of Worf from ST:TNG): "There is the theory of the moebius- a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop." Put this on repeat on your CD player and you'll soon be voyaging through mindspace, as well. In a word, superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Orbyss Galactis on August 24, 2000
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More commonly known as the "Brown Album", "Orbital 2" is inventive, incredible, and inspiring. The only thing; It's too short. Thankfully, the sister album "Diversions" is out there for those who want more of an extended "Brown Album", though it's not the same by any means. It starts out with rather ingenius "Time Becomes", which, over the space of one minute and forty-three seconds, takes the line "...where time becomes a loop", splits in in two and makes it meet up at the end to form a perfect audio loop. From there, the second track "Planet of the Shapes" makes use of the vinyl record sample "Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day". The music in this track has slightly dark undertones and a spacy feel in parts and a good, heavy beat. Track three is the rather well known "Lush" track, "Lush 3-1"*, which merges seemlessly into the fourth track, "Lush 3-2"*. "Lush 3-2" is very dancy and uses very detached, non-descript female vocals which make it sound more euphoric. "Lush 3-2" merges seemlessly into the fifth track, "Impact (The Earth is Burning)"*. Very distant, spacy vocals of some kind are used in this track as are strange synthesized horns. In my opinion, the best part is a little past seven minutes into the song, where the clear sample "It's like a crying for survival!" is used. The sixth track, "Remind", is more uniform in chord progression than the others and relies on a large range of beats and builds quite a lot by the end. Track seven, "Walk Now..."* starts with a sampled didjiradoo, and carries with a dancy rythm and great synth beats.Read more ›
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