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Album Review

Freur's debut album was an ambitious but uneven experiment in early techno, a set of synthesized beats and keyboard riffs. Occasionally, as on the title track, there was enough quirky humor and hooks to make it an enjoyable exercise in dance-floor grooves, but the record just as often meandered around in an attempt to find the appropriate sonic textures. Since Freur eventually evolved into Underworld, Doot-Doot is an interesting piece of history, but judged as music, it pretty much stands as a fitfully entertaining artifact of its time. [Oglio's reissue contains a handful of singles and 12-inch mixes as bonus tracks.]

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i bought the Doot Doot song for no other reason than to remeber Abby and Owen ^^


Hank, same here


Truly a terrific album. It was almost accidental luck that I discovered it. It is an example of techno-pop in its early stages, though utterly sincere. None of the songs feel like throw-aways (except for My Room perhaps). Songs like Doot-Doot and All Too Much have an epic, yearning quality that really plays out especially well with the songs' endings. What makes it bittersweet is that this incarnation of the band was reformed into Underworld, which abandoned some of the songwriting and craft and slipped into all out techno/dance music--there will never be more output like it. If a miracle occurs, please put Freur's second album on iTunes. Truly though, one of the best records I will ever own.


Formed: 1981 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Minor UK indie pop band which is most notable for featuring Carl (later Karl) Hyde (b. 10 May 1957, Worcester, Worcestershire, England) and Rick Smith (b. Richard Smith, 25 May 1959, Ammanford, Wales), who would go on to release some of the most seminal dance music of the 90s as Underworld. Hyde and Smith originally worked together in the early 80s as the Screen Gemz, having met while at college in Cardiff, Wales. They formed Freur with guitarist Alfie Thomas. Their name was actually written as a...
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