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James Lavelle/UNKLE – the biography
Everything James Lavelle has created and initiated has been driven by the same irrepressible sense of curiosity and an incorruptible willingness to take risks. The music released today under the banner of UNKLE is very different from early UNKLE records. The spirit is the same.

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  • Vinyl (September 29, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana London
  • ASIN: B00000DFAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1)
2. UNKLE (Main Title Theme)
3. Bloodstain
4. Unreal
5. Lonely Soul
6. Getting Ahead in the Lucrative Field of Artist Management
7. Nursery Rhyme/Breather
8. Celestial Annihilation
9. The Knock (Drums of Death), Pt. 2
10. Chaos
11. Rabbit in Your Headlights
12. Outro

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This is a really good song.
"sunil-ac"
U.N.K.L.E. - Psyence Fiction (1998) Although U.N.K.L.E. is indeed James Lavelle and DJ Shadow, this album is, in essence, the product of an artists' collective.
Rich Latta
I can honestly say I can listen through the whole album without skipping a song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
DJ Shadow's influence over this disc is evident with the innovative breaks that underlie every track. However, apart from the expected imagination here, what was a complete surprise was the wide variety of genres explored. From start to finish, the whole affair is completely unrpedictable, ranging from typical Shadow-style mellow grooves, to more classical ballads, to even some speed metal (! ). Consequently, this album is not as immediately accessible as some of Josh's other releases and may require a few listens to open up fully. Nevertheless, due primarily to the creativity of the beats, the album doesn't lose its focus and remains a consistent and comfortable listen throughout from the very first sitting. Believe the hype - this was one of 1998's best and most innovative releases. A must have for all DJ Shadow fans.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on March 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What happens when alt-rock and Joe Satriani ("Unkle Main Title Theme") meet Massive Attack ("Blood Stain", "Unreal"), Craig Armstrong ("Celestial Annihilation"), and you pour a little straight-up Public Enemy-like hip-hop into the mix? Sounds like science fiction? Fatboy Slim, you say? Not really. How about Psyence Fiction, U.N.K.L.E.'s ultimate definition of the future of music in 1998, and one that certainly goes beyond 2004?
Granted that this work as a whole is a masterpiece (haven't taken it off my jukebox in over two weeks now), the pinnacles of the album (it has two) come when the voice of The Verve's Richard Ashcroft breaks the silence in track #5, singing "God knows your Lonely Soul..." and when the unmistakable voice of Thom Yorke embraces you in "Rabbit in Your Headlights" close to the end.
What more can you ask for? This album is as close as it comes to perfection in blending musical styles. Listening to it six years after its original release sounds every bit as fresh as it did back then. Indeed, I dare to say it sounds better today, because a lot of these sounds have sunk in, to become a part of mainstream culture, something that says a lot about how far ahead of their time these guys were back then.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Five years ago, James Lavelle said, "I have a dream, that one day I will bring together the best people in hip-hop, rock and electronica and make an album which is a melting pot of all those genres." And with Psyence Fiction, he accomplishes his goal, with a little help (actually, a lot - Lavelle's only audible presence on the LP are a few breaths into the mic) from fellow Mo'Waxer DJ Shadow, Mike D, Kool G Rap, Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and several other notable names in the realm of cutting-edge music. The album starts of with pounding 'drums of death' and heavy beats laced with wise words courtesy of Kool G Rap, then leads on into the catchy 'UNKLE (Main Title Theme)'. On 'Lonely Soul', Richard Ashcroft's bittersweet-symphonic sound combines with orchestral arrangements and thick boom-baps to produce an epic track. 'Rabbit In Your Headlights' sounds like Radiohead at its abstract best, with Thom Yorke's unmistakable voice floating over a sad piano loop as beats slowly take centerstage and in the same manner retreat back into the background. I would think this is more of a filler while waiting for Shadow to drop the next hip-hop bomb but while we're at it, Psyence Fiction is an excellent example of what can happen when rock, electronica and hip-hop collide with each other in a flurry of sonic explosions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on February 27, 2004
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U.N.K.L.E. - Psyence Fiction (1998)

Although U.N.K.L.E. is indeed James Lavelle and DJ Shadow, this album is, in essence, the product of an artists' collective. As a result, it's a fairly mixed bag. There is a running theme about aliens that attempts to lend some cohesion to the proceedings with in-between bits and spacey sounding music, although the boys don't entirely pull it off.

The rap songs (the opener "Guns Blazing" and "The Knock") rock hard with heavy drums. But I often skip these along with the rocking "Nursery Rhyme" because I'm in the mood for (and I prefer) the lower key stuff like "Unkle Main Theme" and "Blood Stain," the latter being a great song & beat with really downer lyrics I can relate to. Also, "Unreal" is a pretty trippy instrumental. "Celestial Annialation" is another vocal-less track that's a bit more ominous sounding.

"Chaos" is primarily a female vocal and guitar that I don't care for and always skip. And track 6 is a mock commercial intended to be a comment on the music industry that need not be heard more than once.

The album's themes are decidedly negative. That's certainly true of the standout tracks "Lonely Soul" and "Rabbit In Your Headlights."

"Lonely Soul" is sung by Richard Ashcroft of Verve fame and it's powerful. The String section sounds fantastic. DJ Shadow wrote the music (or constructed it?) on this song as on most of the album. I must say, this is perhaps the most musical music he's done.

"Rabbit In Your Headlights" alone makes this CD worth getting. Amazing that Tom Yorke kept this, one of his best songs, from his Radiohead mates. Those opening piano chords just kill me, and then comes Tom's angelic voice with those poisonous words," . . . fat bloody fingers/ sucking your soul away." Whew!
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