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After dipping a toe into mainstream electronica forms with 1997's Turn the Dark Off, producing U2's Pop, and mixing Björk, veteran sound stylist Howie B has floated away again into the familiar, primordial warmth of Eno-inspired ambient ooze. The muted, stunted compositions on Snatch--which refers less to sexy and satisfying femaleness than to quick grabs of asexual what not--are largely static, one-cell, single-purpose organisms. They're much too primitive to survive a trip across the dance floor, with the exception of "Anniversary"--but then only the first half of that cut. Clubbing just isn't in these songs' DNA (not that that is necessarily the apex of evolution). Like 1996's Music for Babies, this is a collection of ambient lullabies, though the baby may be having nightmares of shapeless dread. The DJ Shadow-style drum & bass loveliness of "I Can Sing but I Don't Want To" drains through a warbling filter that sounds like something gurgling under the bed. The filmic "She Called Again" seems to reference DJ Muggs's handiwork on Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man." More compelling are the jazz tonic fizzing in "Sniffer Dog," which conjures Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," and the soul-fusion break that lifts "To Kiss You." On repeated listening, one wishes the experiments and one-directional codes exposed here would be grown into an organic, orchestral whole worthy of his work with the Bristol Soul II Soul gang. Maybe next time. --Dean Kuipers

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Howie's third solo album shapes its found sounds and pilfered licks according to a surreal structural logic. -- Spin

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  • Audio CD (March 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • ASIN: B00000I9KT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on April 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having never been familiar with Howie's work, I'm reviewing this with no prior reference to his previous albums. Although It's fair to say that this is something of a minimalist masterpiece, with his experiments into electronic music subtly incorporating elements such as the stripped down beat arrangement of Dj Krush's finest moment on tracks like "Cotton High", the Cut & Paste sample aesthetic of Dj Shadow on "Anniversary" that recalls the more serene / melodic moments of Shadow's "Endtroducing". While the Downbeat Electronic-Dub of "To Kiss You" recalls early `Mouse on Mars'. It's an album that takes a myriad of ideas (and Samples) and blends them together to make something resolutely Leftfield and teasingly playful. In fact it wouldn't be completely unfair to say that some of this album owes a small nod to acts such as `Coldcut, Tricky' & the Scratchy beat arrangements of `Portishead', but you'll find the artists that immediately springs to mind with his album are both "Dj Spooky's" selection of Ambient Breaks & Atmospheric sampling, along with the Quirky Electronica of "'Wagon Christ', in that some tracks seemingly combine a rare fusion of crisp Jazz, IDM soundscapes, coupled with easy-listening instrumental Hip-Hop.
Although It must be noted that this is no weak pastiche of other albums, as Howie B slows the tempo down and reigns back on the quirkiness and layers this with elegant strings and Synth sections with some sublime production lifting him out of the many excellent Trip-Hop / Electronica albums out there, and to comfortably rub shoulders with the likes of `Mouse on Mars, Wagon Christ, Dj Krush, Dj Spooky'. If you really want to enjoy this album's true potential then stick it on very late at night, with minimal distractions & enjoy a decidedly abstract Electronic masterpiece.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
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I have to say one needs to have a well-developed ear to be able to appreciate such minimalism!!! A friend recently shared a quote with me and it goes like this: "Collage is the paintbrush of post-modernism". This album is a perfect example of sonic collage. When listening to "Snatch" I experience an artist who can only be honest with himself and not compromise his artistic integrity. I give it ten stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clinton on March 2, 2000
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"Cook For You" may very well be the best electronic song that I have heard...Howie B proves that minimal sound can equate to brilliance
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