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Richard Kirk's best work

'The Conversation' is one of the finest electronic albums of the 90's. Another reviewer stated that he didn't enjoy Project 80, and I couldn't disagree more. It's a long song, yes, but, like the rest of the album, it requires undivided attention and a thorough listening to appreciate all of the intricate details. With the exception of Project 80, all of the songs on the LP are straight up tech-house tracks (before tech-house was even a term), and as a whole it's pretty close to flawless. I highly recommend listening to it late at night while you're reading something dark and funny (Samuel Beckett in my case). I bought this back in 1994 on a quadruple vinyl set, and those memories of staying up listening to such a textured and focused album still make me grin. Richard Kirk seems to have lost his way in the past five years, but 'The Conversation' is still his best work during a time period where he released a lot of VERY cool albums. And it's only six bucks! What do you have to lose??


First off-I would pass on Project 80 (the other disc of this 2-disc set)-it just does not go anywhere for me. That said, the rest of the tracks as a whole are masterful. If you are a fan of Electronic music, I would highly recommend this disc. The Conversation reflects CV's most evolved work. It may not catch on with the first listen, but if you give it a few listens, you'll find the grooves infectuous, and really appreciate the attention to detail and high-quality production. I'm a fan of artists like Orbital and The Chemical Brothers--edgier electronic music. If these artists appeal to you. you should enjoy The Conversation. If you want to sample a track or two, I would recommend "The Message" or "Night Rider."

Altered State Ambient Masterpiece

Grab a good pair of headphones, put on Project 80, then take a 53 minute trip where only the Cabs could take you. I listen to a lot of ambient and a lot of Cabaret Voltaire, and I have drifted off to Project 80 more than any other track. The samples of dialogue from the movie Altered States are just perfect. Try it, you'll like it!


Formed: 1974 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Though they're one of the most important groups in the history of industrial and electronic music, Cabaret Voltaire are sometimes forgotten in the style's timeline -- perhaps because they continued recording long after other luminaries (Throbbing Gristle, Suicide, Chrome) called it quits. Also related to the fact is that CV rarely stayed in one place for long, instead moving quickly from free-form experimentalism through arty white-boy funk and on to house music in the late '80s and electronica the...
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