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So I thought, no way, who can be better than LAMB, I mean who can top the drum assult on 'Cotton Wool'. So I decided to check this out. While there is no 'Cotton Wool' in Ultra -Obscene, and Lamb's Louise Rhondes' voice is far more lovely than Leonie Laws', I still enjoy listening and moving to this CD. What Breakbeat Era has over Lamb is character and attitude.
Programming by Roni Size and DJ Die is tight, with mysterious jazz basslines and jungle beats on all tracks, changing momentum and effects at the right moments. Leonie Laws comes across like a Femme Fatale, ready to kick butt and take on the world. She does not scream and nash her teeth, but states with conviction in 'Anti-Everything' that she was "..Raised a double agent" and "I'm ah walking Animal Machine and you ain't safe with Me" in 'Animal Machine'.
Her delivery reminds me of the commanding voice of Toni Halliday, the singer for Curve.
Spinning this CD is like watching an episode of Alias, or watching Brain De Palmer's 'Femme Fatale' or La Femme Nikita.
If you want attitude with your drum n' bass (or drum n bass with your attitude) then check out Breakbeat Era: Ultra -Obscene, which does not let up, straight up DnB, unlike Lamb who mellows occasionally. Though I still have a soft spot for LAMB, which I think is better that Breakbeat Era over all, because Louise is an awesome singer.
Breakbeat Era is a more exciting ride.
If I had to find something wrong with this album, I'd say that Lonie Law's use of slang when she sings.
I am a fan of most of Roni Size's work and i love the way he is so varied combining Acid Jazz, Intelligent D'n'B, Hip-Hop, Breakbeat and Jungle into his albums. I fully recommend Both of his albums as well as his Through the Eyes compilation.
For me, this was a very highly anticipated album, but it fully lived up to my expectations (and then some). The best tracks on this brilliant album are tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 13 and 15. Track 7 bucks the trend and is an out and out jungle track, (in fact one of the best i've heard). Apart from tracks 1 and 7, the rest all have vocals provided by Law. They, like Portisheads Beth Gibbons are a acquired taste, but i feel they blend in beautifully with the background music.
The music sounds very grimy, almost industrial and verge's on the darker side. I've heard complaints about the album being to similar but i like that there is a familiarity about it. I just can't wait for news on a new release. Its been 2 years.
I fully recommend this album, along with Lamb, Portishead, Dillinja and Aphrodite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album. The real instrument sounds work flawlessly with the vocals. This is a classic sound that anyone into DnB should appreciate.Published 2 months ago by J. Seay Jr.
quite simply one of the best albums of the 90's in any style, electronic or otherwise. leoni laws is a brilliant singer and writer and roni size and dj die are at the peak of their... Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by Chance
A great cd for fans who love strong deep vocals mix with down tempo drum'n' bass, with a jazz twist. Lenny Laws, Roni Size, and Dj Die are the trio behind this album. Read morePublished on August 13, 2004 by Devylyst
Breakbeat Era consists of Leonie Laws, DJ Die, and Roni Size. The CD mixes surprisingly detailed drum n bass beats with female vocals. Read morePublished on July 11, 2003 by 10ma
I dunno, I dont see what all the fuss is about. The vocals were actually starting to get on my nerves after a while. Read morePublished on June 25, 2003
Breakbeat Era was one of the first electronically oriented bands I paid attention to in the world of Modern rock. Read morePublished on April 4, 2003 by Carl Johnson
The best part about Breakbeat Era's record isn't the much hyped "new evolution of DnB" that the album promises to create due to Leonie Law's vocal accompaniment. Read morePublished on July 3, 2001
Probably the best thing Roni has ever done. Standout tracks are, Bullitproof, Anti-Everything and Time 4 Breaks. Laws' vocals are wonderful and the drum programming is excellent.Published on April 2, 2001