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Middle of Nowhere [UK]

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Orbital 5/4/1999

Review

Electronica routinely covers more ground, more quickly, than any style of music on the planet; the hottest new sound in January is old hat by March and downright foolish to even mention in June. Orbital, however, is the great constant in the world of techno. The brothers Hartnoll manage to turn in excellent albums every few years that occasionally reference the latest sound but rarely vary from the chord-heavy melodics of their debut single, "Chime." Though it took a bit longer to release, Middle of Nowhere is another typically excellent Orbital album. Experiments with breakbeats and other styles of music made interesting mixers of their previous two albums, Snivilisation and In Sides, and this fifth album includes nods to big beat techno ("I Don't Know You People") and soundtrack composers. The latter is hardly a surprise, considering the Hartnolls' sideline gig as score composers (Event Horizon, The Saint). The opener, "Way Out," adds trumpet solos and a symphonic grandeur -- reminiscent of John Barry's scores for the James Bond films -- to the quintessential Orbital sound. Even considering the lack of real progression in sound, Middle of Nowhere reflects the pair once again making all the right moves and not slowing down a bit. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Way Out Orbital 8:0
  3. 2 Spare Parts Express Orbital 10:8
  4. 3 Know Where to Run Orbital 9:42
  5. 4 I Don't Know You People Orbital 7:45
  6. 5 Otono Orbital 5:47
  7. 6 Nothing Left 1 Orbital 7:49
  8. 7 Nothing Left 2 Orbital 8:20
  9. 8 Style Orbital 6:22

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