UW does this a lot - their studio stuff is awesome, but...I feel like going through all the live stuff, they just have a tendency to nail it from time to time and perfect these already great tunes (check some of the live versions of "You Do Scribble", they almost make me glad they never tried it in studio)
I also have a Denki Groove live album that I really wanted to add to the poll but I doubt anyone has heard it. I did post a video of them above but I think this one adds to the discussion because it's easily one of the most "live" albums of the group, they're constantly mixing things that shouldn't go together and doing a ton of shit on the fly, much of which only kinda works out, but the album as a whole is still incredible. Alas,
― frogbs, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 13:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Friday, 18 May 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Closer than I thought it would be, though I figured that would be the order.
― 誤訳侮辱, Friday, 18 May 2012 01:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
underworld are so cheesy. never really listened to them before outside of remixes and singles, listening to everything, everything now
― Crackle Box, Friday, 18 May 2012 10:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
someone really needs to show them how to change the quantize setting in their sequencer
― Crackle Box, Friday, 18 May 2012 10:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah! You tell 'em, champ!
Are you paying attention, Underworld?
― StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 11:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
0 is harsh on Don't Think which is pretty great
― Get wolves (DL), Friday, 18 May 2012 11:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
getting into this now, ha, they sure love their jd-800 presets! /startrekman
― Crackle Box, Friday, 18 May 2012 11:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah I think that maybe not enough people have heard it? It is fairly new but IMO compares pretty well to the others
btw calling UW "cheesy" - c'mon, son. maybe listen to one of their full albums.
― frogbs, Friday, 18 May 2012 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
kind of hate the vox on underworld albums. they've always been a stumbling block for me.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 18 May 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
Weird, I consider that their best asset. UW have a "new wave gone techno" approach which really appeals to me. No surprise since they were actual New Wavers for a while.
― frogbs, Friday, 18 May 2012 17:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
"new wave gone techno" had never really occurred to me but I can see that. terrible "brit pop gone techno" chemical bros tracks like "the test" are more along the lines of what I'm thinking of. admittedly, that's more of a stretch than your angle and probably a little unfair. underworld vox are definitely more integrated/fundamental to the band's sound than pastiche chemical bros tracks, but ultimately, they just both grate on me in similar ways.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 18 May 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
To be fair I kind of liked "The Test" as well. so maybe my opinion isn't worth that much.
I guess I'd have to know exactly which songs you're talking about - "NUXX" is one thing, but I don't know how anyone could hate the vocals on "Dirty Epic"; it's one of the few tracks where Karl really gets to air his voice out and the effect is incredible. Also there's a bunch of tracks out there with cut-up vocal fragments - there's a newer tune they did, "Back in the Fears" which is just a bunch of vocal loops and a shimmering guitar - not something the Chems or any other of these groups could do. Obviously it's possible that you just don't like his voice but IMO he's better than any of the guest singers or vocalists that the other electronic groups got, and they've done a lot with the vocals that you probably wouldn't hear on the songs on Everything, Everything
― frogbs, Friday, 18 May 2012 19:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'd just listened to everything, everything, so yeah, "born slippy/nuxx." but I will check out "dirty epic" and see if it clicks w/me.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 18 May 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink