Back To Mine
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
long been hailed for their more "intellectual" approach
to creating electronic music. Since their debut, Orbital have
strived to create truly magnificient compositions with their music,
rather than opting for the more dance-friendly four-on-the-floor
formula so many other electronic acts dip into. Their approach
tends to result in some truly astonishing music, obviously drawing
from a rather eclectic array of musical influence. It's this array
of influence which makes their entry in the ever-popular Back
to Mine series such an interesting, yet disjointed effort.
inception, the Back to Mine series has been considered
one of the premier choices for impressive, eclectic, chill-out
mixes by the top names in the electronic music field. The problem
with the series, however, is that they have begun to seem to be
little more than disquised attempts at outdoing others in who
can come up with the most eclectic mix. While not necessarily
bad in concept, the series has slowly moved towards compliations
rather than true mix albums.
"compilation" quality that lends itself most to the
dissonance inherent to Orbital's entry. On one side of the coin
is the fact that the disc encompasses a widely varied musical
variation; there's everything from ska to reggae to classic 70's
rock here. Upon listening to the disc, one can easily discover
just where Orbital is coming from in it's electronic endeavors.
This widely varied musical selection, however, is one of the discs
major failings. Rather than pursue an air of laid-back malaise,
Orbital flngs the listener from one jarring track to the next.
to Mine Series has, from the start, been defined as a series
of relaxing, chill-out sessions from major artists. Somewhere
along the line Orbital must not have gotten the memo. Either that,
or we never received the memo that Back to Mine was abandoning
its signature sound in favor of "this is my favorite music
that you've never heard because I'm cool and you're not"
compilations lacking any sense of focus and direction.
08-Aug-2002 8:11 PM
liked Orbital - Back To Mine...
1. The Knack - John Barry & His Orchestra
2. Justice To The People - Lee Perry & The
3. Babaloo - DSR
4. Spice - Eon
5. Love & ury - The Tornadoes
6. We Have Come To Bless The House - Severed
7. Ska'ed For Life - Orbital
8. Schulmaedchen Report (title theme) - Gert
Wilden & Orchestra
9. Kamikaze - PJ Harvey
10. Celebrate The Bullet - The Elected
11. No Idea - Earth Leakage Trip
12. Lost Property - The Divine Comedy
13. Pal Pal Teri Yaad - Falguni Pathak
14. Half Stepper - Hyper-On-Experience
15. Don't Burn Your Bridges - Susan Cadogan
16. Living In The Past - Jethro Tull
17. Network Twenty Three - Tangerine Dream
18. New Bass Hippo - Plaid
19. The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - Robert