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  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Absurd
2. Atom Bomb
3. Kitten Moon
4. Mosh
5. Bermuda
6. Setback
7. Amp
8. Reeferendrum
9. Squirt
10. Goodnight Lover

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Unlike other electronic bands, Fluke has a real guitarist, a vocalist and traditional song structures to their music. With huge guitar loops and growling vocals, they will appeal to everyone from NIN to Marilyn Manson. Risotto has 10 tracks, including the

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Fluke first gained notoriety in the early 1990s with singles like "Joni" and "Pearls of Wisdom," songs that infused hummable pop sensibilities into credible underground dance music. Their lighthearted songs and showy live PAs stood out in a scene dominated by faceless producers and music that was, at best, opaque. Unfortunately, they were too far ahead of their time. Years later, Techno has become "Electronica," stage shows and vocals are now the norm, and the aesthetic of a band like Fluke makes more sense than ever. On 1997's Risotto, they borrow heavily from the rulebook laid out by Underworld, working a series of deep and distorted grooves into a sound that's more AC/DC than Tangerine Dream. But unlike their contemporaries, Fluke have a solid understanding of simple verse/chorus/verse pop music and a broad emotional range. Fans of Underworld will appreciate vocal tracks like "Absurd" and "Atom Bomb," but Fluke's diversity and inventiveness is best shown on the narcotized and spacious "Bermuda" and the smooth drum and bass of "Setback." --Matthew Corwine

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Highly recommended to Underworld fans.
Manny Ramirez
This CD was my first Fluke CD, and I gotta tell ya it kicks, especially the Absurd and Atom Bomb.
"goldram"
Great to listen to when you are driving.
Igor Gershenson

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ao Me Akuma on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that you've probably heard at least one single off this album and not realized it. Fluke's music has been used in countless TV commercials, movie soundtracks, and even several video games. But mention the name "Fluke" and most people will go "who?"

THIS is what electronic music should be. Deep, multi-layered compositions. Songs that build to a forceful climax. A groove so infections that if it doesn't make you move at least one part of your body, you must be either dead or paralyzed. Songs that actually justify their length. Unlike other electronic artists who are lazy and let their machines do all the work for them, Fluke understand the need for a song to develop and progress through its length. And unlike typical "House" music, it needn't be listened to solely in a club. Listen carefully, and you'll be able discern the different layers and melodies of each track that only become apparent after several listens.

This isn't cheesy pop-electronica; rather, the music on Risotto takes a darker tone than most, with futuristic, evil-sounding sonic landscapes. Interestingly, it does not lend itself to categorization. Fluke is not really house, but neither does it fall into trance, techno, breakbeat, or any of the other millions of categories of electronic music. They aren't afraid to vary their styles, either. Opening tracks "Absurd" and "Atom Bomb" are fast-paced and aggressive, while tracks like "Bermuda" and "Kitten Moon" are much slower and with more "chill out" ambience than others. If there's one criticism, it's track sequencing. The best tracks are frontloaded, causing the album to peak early, although that's a highly relative statement, as there are no real "bad" tracks on the album.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Andy on November 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD on a whim. Having heard only a few Fluke tracks before, and not quite knowing what to expect, I was blown away... It begins with Absurd, a rather abstract piece which gains high energy early in and stays as such through the whole piece. Atom Bomb is next, it's Fluke's most commercial success, and having been on several soundtracks, including The Saint, is the song most people think of when they think of Fluke. Its energy is amazing. Kitten Moon is next, with its trace-like elements slowing things down. Mosh kicks things up again, an excellent instrumental, then flows smoothly into Bermuda. Setback is slower and a little more focussed, but soon moves into Amp and Reeferendrum, two solid instrumentals. Squirt knocks in the bizarre lyrics again, and the final track, Goodnight Lover, is dark and fast... Overall, it is an amazing and very involving CD...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought Risotto about a year ago, maybe a little longer, but regardless, it is one of the most diversely put together cd's I own. When I first got it I listened to is so much I thought I was going to wear it out. It never happened. The grooves are so precisely put together on each and every track that you hear something new every time you listen to it. If you are beginning to move into the techno/electronica scene and are wondering where a good place to start is, then look no further. I have over 100 electronica cd's and this one still remains at the top of my list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manny Ramirez on September 17, 2001
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To tell you the truth, I had never heard of Fluke until Amazon recommended them to me because I had bought some Underworld stuff. I then read that several tracks on Risotto had been used in commercials and movies. So, I took a chance and got this. This CD is just as good or better than many of my other techno/electronica stuff and that includes stuff by Moby, Orbital, The Orb, Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and more. The 2 tracks that everyone has heard are the first 2, Absurd and Atom Bomb. Absurd was even featured in a Volkswagen commercial. Amp and Squirt are other high-octane tracks. Kitten Moon and Goodnight Lover are fine ambient, chill tracks. Not every track is good, but with tracks like Absurd, Atom Bomb, Amp, Squirt, Goddnight Lover, and Kitten Moon, it doesn't really matter. It's not like the CDs that are popular today have more than 2 or 3 good songs on it. Anyway you owe it to yourself to pick up this gem. Highly recommended to Underworld fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Knapp on March 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You can bet that if Fluke releases it, it's good, Fluke certainly doesn't seem to be be preoccupied with releasing new material. Instead, their limited amount of material is all of the highest quality. Having read other reviewer's comments with regard to listening to nothing else for two years, I can understand that with this one. Lyrically intelligent, musically superior from their peers, Fluke maintain a standard that few compare. Best appreciated by those with a lean toward trance, and possess musical performance background. At times dreamy and profound, at times status quo and groovy, you can't miss with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJ Jeckel on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I first bought this CD about two years ago I was taking a chance that Im sure all techno-lovers have and bought a CD only knowing of one song that I had ever heard of from this group. Of course that song was Atom Bomb which I had heard on the movie Senseless.

The first time I listened to the CD all the way through I didnt like it other than Absurd and Atom Bomb. So lets just say I am very happy I gave it a second chance. Fluke is a group you have to listen to extremely loud because if you dont you miss so much that goes on and that was what my problem was the first time I heard it.

This CD puts you on a rollercoaster the beginning is very fast and moving (Absurd, Atom Bomb) then it slows down just to let you catch your breathe (Kitten Moon, Mosh, Bermuda) then comes the upwards climb just before it picks up speed again (Setback, Amp) {Amp is the one song on the CD that took me the longest to like but it has become probably my favorite song on the CD now} then your back to speed (Reeferendum, Squirt) and then when its all over just as your getting off (Goodnight Lover) it makes you want more and to do it again.
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