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November 5, 2007

  Song Title
Near Dark
Ghost Hardware
Etched Headplate
In McDonalds
Shell Of Light
Dog Shelter

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  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2007
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Copyright: 2007 Hyperdub
  • Total Length: 51:16
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  • ASIN: B000X9NI5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,843 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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180 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untrue November 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The council houses in London possess an aura that is easier to feel than it is to explain. Often covered in fresh tile and paint and given attractive names, they contain many of the city's former criminals, violent children and sexual deviants. I used to jog at midnight and come upon the council houses, always devoid of life from the outside, yet teeming with rotten things behind its clean façade. Every night I would return to them, both repelled and magnetized by their unnerving paradox of innocuousness and evil, letting the ghostly atmosphere of the council houses take me over in some puzzling, profound way.

Whether he knows it or not, anonymous London producer Burial makes music sound like council houses feel. His eponymous debut in 2006 capitalized on the eerie sensation of London at night by taking the rhythmic patterns and instrumentation of dubstep, a chiefly British genre, and blackening the palette. The drums sounded like knives hitting steel; the record crackles evoked raindrops; the bass was so low that it seemed to operate at subsonic frequencies. Every so often, a voice would make its strangled way up the surface, crying for everyone in London who wanted out before trailing off into the unforgiving cityscape.

As a dubstep album, Burial did double duty by raising the bar and providing a solid introduction to neophytes, but it faltered whenever it moved too close to standard dubstep skank for comfort. Untrue--Burial's sophomore effort and masterpiece-- jettisons everything that kept his last record from being a truly immersive experience, ratchets up the emotionality, and comes bathed in an unearthly, ineffable glow.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what the future sounds like November 10, 2007
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...and it couldn't come a moment too soon. Easily my favorite album of 2007 so far. This blows his previous release out of the water in my opinion. "Massive Attack in 2020", like the other reviewer says, hits it right on the head. I can't stop listening to this, trying to get all my friends to listen to it, and now trying to get everyone on Amazon to listen to it.

It's dark, it's atmospheric, it's brilliant. Never pretentious, but always taking the next step. If you liked the trip-hop greats (Massive Attack, Portishead, DJ Shadow circa Endtroducing), you can't help but love this. In fact, this may be my favorite electronic album since Endtroducing, and Endtroducing changed my life. Untrue is that good.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious November 21, 2007
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Anonymous UK dubstepping phenom Burial has smoothly taken the decaying trip hop genre and shoved it into the 21st century. UNTRUE is a muted, whispery masterpiece with scratchy percussive dance beats and coiled echoing vocals; sorta like listening outside some underground London nightclub marked only by a humming caged blue light by its entrance. Awesomely addictive, with a seductive texture, this record is well on its way to making every Top 10 list for 2007, and speaks highly to what someone can do with a personal computer and an endless sonic imagination.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Did anyone think that Burial's sophomore CD could top his self-titled epic from 2006? I did not, but this does. For dubstep fans you are all ready all over this. For those wondered what Massive Attack would sound like in 2020? This is it. Nothing sounds this next-level, dark and beautiful. Burial delivers huge.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost in the Machine December 22, 2007
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I imagine this is what a vast intelligence hears when synthesizing data excavated from long abandoned hardware after a mass diaspora of Earth. This is what they pieced together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues for the next millenium September 18, 2008
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Burial is coming out of nowhere. He's publicity-shy, he's not touring and he concerns himself primarily with his beats. The palette is parsimonious: all is very sparse, but it never feels bare or cheap. Clearly, there are lots of influences here. Whereas the previous album was a nice crossover of dub, Drum & Bass, and Boards of Canada (!?), this one has an almost trance and garage feeling with eurotrash voices coming from another planet. There are echoing synthesizers that seem lifted from AFX Ambient Classic II and early Autechre (say, Garbage). The album is infectious and almost danceable (again, in a different planet). But the best thing about Burial is that his sound is instantly recognizable. It is original, honest. Given the intimate lyrics and melancholic mood, I would classify this as a Blues album for the next millenium.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Here. March 23, 2008
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Remember back in 1997 when techno and dance was supposed to be the music of the future? Remember that?

Journalists raved, but the public yawned. There were some great techno albums, but relatively few that demanded and rewarded prolonged attention. Many just didn't promise an interesting future--they offered us Hill Valley, circa 2015. Sonic landscapes that were mildly entertaining, but not compelling, with everything bright and precise and utopian--fine for the shiny-shirt club crowd, but unsatisfying for anyone craving complicated emotions and experiences.

Well, this album isn't "Back to the Future II." It's more like "Blade Runner." A dingy distorted place, depressing but fascinating, soulful and real.

It's ironic--digital audio perfection is more attainable then ever, but the stuff that sounds best often approximates analog authenticity. The tunes on Untrue snap, crackle and pop as if the DJ left an open mic next to his bowl of Rice Krispies, recorded everything on vinyl, then broadcast it to you over a static-filled radio station. The beats are perfect because they're imperfect, more man than machine. And over--or rather, around and through--them, warped vocals wander in and out like lost souls, ghosts of your exes wailing about desire and longing and betrayal. You can't quite make out everything they're saying, but because of that, you can't forget it, either.

It all feels natural and real, but like the best art, what looks effortless is purposeful. Calculated for maximum emotional effect, contrived without seeming so. These haunting tracks describe your world--or at least the way your world feels when you're walking home alone on a desolate city night. It's a grim dystopia of urban decay and existential emptiness, but still far more interesting than anything you'll find when the sun's up. The future's here, and it ain't a happy place, but you won't want to leave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice
it's an album that changed how music was gonna be played today Buy it give it a few listens people!!!
Published 17 days ago by jesus
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all been said...but, I'll try.
I don't know if I can say anything new about this album. It may be the best album I've heard in 10 years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Capolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep
Burial has become one of my favorite producers. This is just the first purchase in the collection I plan on having of his music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by colibri
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
so i haven't stopped listening to this when i discovered it and it never gets boring. i love everything about it.
Published 13 months ago by mw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I just listen to this while I'm working. Very melodic and smooth. It's like walking down a city street in early winter at 4 in the morning by yourself. Soulfull and haunting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kelly Liston
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs
I came across Burial by accident and glad I did. Gives me that classic house/electronic sound with awesome ambient music, ethereal, moving. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Giraffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time it is this that I adore....
Have you ever heard an album for the first time and instantly felt a connection to a certain place or time of day? Read more
Published 15 months ago by bcwarlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sounds
Very atmospheric. Nothing out there quite like it. I would recommend this album to anybody who is losing faith in electronica and where it's been heading
Published 15 months ago by Carltz Briem
5.0 out of 5 stars Burial: Untrue
I really loved the fact that after all this time of procrastinating about this intelligently crafted album came to me in rapid fashion. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly, Soulful Dubstep From the Otherworld...
If you scoff at the likes of so-called "brostep" dubstep artists like Skrillex and his immense colony of sound-alike followers, give this album a chance. Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Wafflestein
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