The Orb - U.F.Orb

Album cover

  1. O.O.B.E. (12:51)
  2. U.F. Orb (6:09)
  3. Blue Room (17:34)
  4. Towers Of Dub (15:00)
  5. Close Encounters (10:27)
  6. Majestic (11:06)
  7. Sticky End (0:50)

Island, 1992

Their second album was released at the peak of their popularity, and kept me chilled out through the summer days of exam revision. It's more concise than the sprawling "Ultraworld", based on only six ten-or-so-minute tracks. Their style of bubbling layers of electronic melodies and sound effects, underlaid by chilled beats, is mostly at top quality here. "O.O.B.E." begins with some Pink Floyd-like shimmering pads, and plays around nicely with a squashed pan-pipe sound. The title track has a more traditional techno feel. "Blue Room" is the highlight of the album - notoriously also released as a 40-minute single, it has a smoothly hypnotic blend of the "nerny-ner" tune with a wordless female vocal sample. "Towers of Dub" is based on a reggae bassline and some relaxed harmonica tootling. "Close Encounters" is relatively limp, but "Majestic" has a smooth vocal sample.

October 9, 2003

8 out of 10

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