William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
Since slipping this latest solo release from William Orbit into my G4 I've had the following comments from three people:
This indicates to me that Mr. Orbit, who is equally at home working the underground scene as he is making the stars sound hot, has managed to somehow get himself into the heads of about two out of three people who care about such things - electronic music and the people who make it - as well as being able to put out work that is about as generic as it gets without really sounding like anyone in particular.
If I'd made a sign from the street saying this way I'm sure there'd have been many more questions and equally close but not quite close enough answers. I actually think there's a big old Eno thing (Apollo) going on here most of the time, and then, before you know it, you're somewhere else.
Pieces in a Modern Style is the interpretation of some of the better, more obscure, beautiful classical works out there, made all the more accessible - just as Tomita (Snowflakes) and Carlos before him - with the help of electronic musical equipment.
As most of you already know I'm a sucker for lush strings, so as far as I'm concerned this is flawless, with just the right amount of subtle beeps, repeating sequences, subsonics and effortless production to make it even more flawless than I would have thought possible.
Rating: 971,877 (out of a possible 1,000,000)