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Having invited a herd of co-producers onto 2010’s Barking, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith return to working alone, aiming to capture “the freshness of the moment” without overcooking things by exploring every single idea. That spontaneity is superbly vindicated by “I Exhale”’s spare, techno-glam thump, and the rising acid groove of “If Rah”. There’s still plenty of genre-merging adventure though, and soaring closer “Nylon Strung” fuses a lovesick, soul melody with end-of-the-night euphoria and the piercing melancholy of Hyde’s cut-and-paste lyrics.

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I've been following Underworld for almost 20 years and have not been disappointed once.

The whole electronica dance edm electro techno electronic, whatever it's called nowadays music, scene, djs, pseudo-djs has changed but they've been consistent.

Thank you Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, Thank you.

5 stars. No review needed.


If the first track is anything like the rest of the album- looks like underworld is back to their roots, some of the best downtempo music made and consistently good since the early 90's- in the edm- electronica, trip hop, downtempo world- that's a major accomplishment

Sounds like a winner to me

Being an electronic music fan can be tough. There is a LOT of garbage out there. It's hard enough trying to explain to a layperson that you like electronic music without giving them the impression that you're a Deadmau5, Skrillex/Diplo loving beer tent moron. What's even harder is maintaining faith in older bands that sound antiquated and sometimes just downright silly in 2016, no matter how great they were for 1995. No worries with Underworld, though. This is their strongest album in ages, and it sticks to their roots without sacrificing any excitement or sense of adventure. Underworld may not be of the Aphex Twin, Autechre, pedigree of relentless innovators, but they're holding their own in the face of changing times, much like Portishead did with the 2008's spectacular Third, and as Boards of Canada did with Tomorrow's Harvest. It's always refreshing to see an iconic group continue to satisfy and delight this far into their career. Barbara Barbara, We Fave a Shining Future is one of the best surprises of 2016 so far. This is an excellent record for fans of Underworld's classic material, and it should prove fun and interesting for new listeners as well.


Formed: 1988 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Underworld became one of the most crucial electronic acts of the 1990s via an intriguing synthesis of old and new. The trio's two-man front line, vocalist Karl Hyde and keyboard player Rick Smith, had been recording together since the early-'80s new wave explosion; after two unsuccessful albums released as Underworld during the late '80s, the pair finally hit it big after recruiting Darren Emerson, a young DJ hipped to the sound of techno and trance. Traditional pop song forms were jettisoned in...
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