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For years before the release of Exit Planet Dust, the production duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons were cranking out slabs of the biggest sounds around on the U.K. label Junior Boys' Own. Before screeching guitars and massive breakdowns were par for the course in dance music, they were unleashing monsters like "Chemical Beats" and "Song to the Siren"; their distorted beats and rock mentality were years ahead of their time. And, not surprisingly, they still hold up today, collected and rereleased, along with several newer tracks, on Exit Planet Dust. All the singles that established the trademark Chemicals sound are present, as are explorations of pop-song forms with vocalists Beth Orton ("Alive Alone") and Tim Burgess ("Life Is Sweet"). While a more evolved sound can be heard on their follow-up, Dig Your Own Hole, the roots of big beat can be found here. --Matthew Corwine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Okay, maybe that is a little strong to say, but Exit Planet Dust by the Chemical Brothers definitely ranks as one of techno/electronica's greatest CDs ever. I remember that I bought this a month ago and after already having Dig Your Own Hole to go by, I was a little disappointed on first listen. However, I decided to listen to it again and really concentrate on the music. I saw this album in a completely different light and it is in heavy rotation in my Maxima with its Bose system right now. The first 4 tracks are outstanding especially Leave Home and Three Little Birdies Down Beats. Then you have other great tracks like Chemical Beats, Chico's Groove, and Alive Alone sung by Beth Orton which is my favorite track on the album and one of techno/electronica's greatest songs. This CD is a little more focused than DYOH and a little more chill-out and ambient but in a frantic ambient way. Much better than DYOH--I should have gotten EPD first. A must-own album!
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I recently went back to this one after losing my copy a couple of years ago. I have to say that this album blew my mind then and still does now.

This album was my personal progression from the "old" order of electronica to what we know and enjoy today. "Song to the Siren" in particular is one of the most amazing tracks in my collection, even all of these years later. (especially impressive because it is a LIVE track. Listen and you will be amazed) There really isn't a bad track on this album. It holds up surprisingly well , even in 2005 when only the greatest of electronic albums can age more than a year or two without sounding horribly dated.

I eagerly awaited all things Chemical from the moment I bought this one waaaay back in the day (95 or 96 , I forget, as anyone in their 20s during that time probably would have, heh-heh)

This is the part that the fans will probably hate- I never heard anything that they did that was half as good as this album. Seriously. If you are a big fan of "Dig your own Hole" or any of the newer albums I don't know if you will dig this one. It almost sounds like a fluke to me compared to everything else they did. I was so stoked on this album I was buying every single they put out , every other band on Astralwerks , everything possible in hopes of matching this milestone album. ( at a time when I didn't have two pennies to rub together , mind you. )

Bottom line, I don't think the Chemical Brothers ever lived up to their potential, based on this album. I think they sold out with their electronic/rock crossover thing (Noel Gallagher vocals on the following album? Huh?) and ran with it. Good for them.

Buy this album, which should be an exhibit in some sort of museum - "Progression of Modern Electronica- early to mid 90's" with The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld , Freaky Chakra's Low Down Motivator, Single Cell Orchestra's self titled debut and Children of the Bong
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This album is a pure classic through and through. When 'Dig Your Own Hole' came out, I hopped aboard the Chemical Brothers train and started listening to this album shortly after that. It was only a short while before I began to like this album better than that one. I'm not *quite* sure that's still the case, and I feel like these days I like 'Dig Your Own Hole' a little better, but that's taking nothing away from this album, they're just such great albums that either one can come out slightly on top.

The thing that I really, really love about this album is that you can listen to it all the way through. Not only is every track well worth a listen, but they blend seamlessly from one to the next. In that respect, this album really is a masterpiece because there are very few albums that can do that so seamlessly while still containing such high quality tracks. Actually, only the first six tracks blend into each other, but by the time you get to the later ones you may not even notice the difference. This album is extremely well-polished, or at least that seems to be the case, especially for a first effort. Later albums sound like they have a wider, fuller sound but this album still sounds great.

The one thread that ties this album together is a feeling of old-school beats. I have a hard time describing it, but while 'Dig Your Own Hole' is a fine example of the "big beat" stuff that Chemical Brothers made so popular, this album feels a little more subdued. Instead of breaking it down by each track, I'll just point out the tracks that I especially enjoy and why I like them so much.

'Leave Home' - The brother's gonna work it out. Great start to an album, this song kicks it off right away, and it really grooves. It's one of the best on the album.
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How do you describe music that is a very successful mixture of many styles?
Chemical Brothers rocked the world with this debut record. It's a very inspired and energetic album. It's electronica based on break-beat rhythms, which occasionally change for hip-hop-style beats. On top of that there are plenty of driving, rocking your seat, bass-lines, a whole lot of interwoven synthesizers, and many sound samples taken from "real life". It's all plastered together in a very intricate and crafty manner, immediately making sense, and taking you away. While mostly uptempo, a couple of slower tracks do not spoil the atmosphere.
This is an almost-perfect electronica release, which has the potential to rock the listener who wants it, or to be an unobtrusive background music to those who prefer it that way. Superb effort by Tom and Ed.
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