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Largely, disappointing!

Most people who have come to Paul Hatnoll's music will have been Orbital fans.

Both Hartnoll brothers previously went off and did their own projects (when they last split up!), and both proved they are greater together than apart.

Am a huge fan of Orbital's music having consumed all their material over the years and seen them "live" on many occasions. (Their last performance at Glastonbury on The Other stage felt like a privilege to be there).

However, Phil's "Long Range" and Paul's "Idea Condition", whilst had their highlights, both had their low lights where tracks sounded much like film soundtrack/backtracks (which of course, they're proficient at too).

Not quite what you want to pay for and will want to listen to many times. Much, far too "easily skip-able"/forgettable to add to a stonking back catalogue tigger which include so many dance favourites.

Here, "Nearly There" is indeed the most "Orbital" track and it's good (fitting into the "drive faster" music category) but it's no classic. The Cure''s "A Forest" rework, is a slow almost painful version, as are many of the other new tracks too. Sadly!

As I said earlier, most fans of this album will have found it as they are fans of Orbital. They will expect Orbital-esque material and whilst obvious influences are there it's all a bit substandard on the whole when comparing it, which I defy anyone not to do.

"Cemetery" is one track I'd recommend. Not the dirge it sounds like it could be from the title. Far from it.

I had tickets to see Paul coming up in London but his gig has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. I admire his honesty telling all why he has canceled it. It would have been a great occasion, the highlights of his own albums plus Orbital favourites would have made for a brilliant "live" experience no doubt. But maybe the reason for cancelling tells you all you need to know? Together with his brother they are amazing and would have no doubt sold out. Apart they are just not as good. People vote with their feet (or money)?

I so wanted to love 8:58 but I can't. It's just ok!



Electronic Bliss!

I don't tend to give 5 stars very often, but I absolutely love this album. Nobody does electronic music quite like Mr. Hartnoll. When it was announced some time ago that Orbital were finally splitting up I was really disappointed, but this is as good as some of the duo's finest material in my opinion. From the eerie silence then dictation of the opening track, this album sits up and demands attention. The spoken word at the beginning of '8:58' is very true, we just don't think about it enough. The track builds up in layers and reaches a crescendo of almost acidic proportions. 'Please' is a remix of the track from Paul's first solo album featuring Robert Smith. This version is harder, more techno-esque (if there is such a word) and features Lianne Hall who adds a female vocal which the track benefits from greatly. 'The Past Now' is beautifully crafted with Lisa Knapp's delicate vocal dancing over hard electronic beats. Her voice reminds me of Bjork, which is no bad thing. 'Villain' with Ed Harcourt is a track which builds and builds and is mainly driven by the vocal which is backed by clock-like chimes and beats. 'The Clock' is an absolute stomper of a track. Using the dialogue heard in '8:58' this track really smoulders and thumps its way through all of its 3 minutes relentlessly, as a clock does through the day. 'A Forest' is a cover of the classic Cure track, but this is very different - a brooding, slower, almost creepy version with a great vocal and a gradual build up to a rousing finale. 'Broken Up' is probably my favourite track. It's a moody slab of instrumental electronica that is well crafted and delicate in nature. This track is on repeat! 'Nearly There' is a faster piece and arguably the most Orbital sounding track on here. 'Cemetery' has a stunning vocal and
conveys the emotion of the song really well.
The deluxe version of the album is an absolute must as the instrumental versions of these tracks become different beasts without the vocals. You really get a true reflection of the crafted electronica without the vocal overlay. This is especially prevalent in the opening track '8:58' and 'Villain'. The extra track 'Risky' is also worth the extra outlay.
All in all, this is a highly recommended album. I don't want to draw obvious comparisons to Orbital because this has a different edge and is definitely a Paul Hartnoll solo album. It is harder and more themed than his previous solo work 'The Ideal Condition' and is beautifully produced and a real gem. Well done Paul, keep up the good work!

Essentially, it’s another Orbital album

As much as I love Orbital, I do think that when they were bad they were very bad indeed - check out The Altogether or Blue album for proof. When on form they were untouchable though, and this album - while far from the giddy heights of Middle of Nowhere or Insides, is still vey good.

A quick listen will make it instantly apparent which brother's musical influence was over most of the Orbital tracks, and the keen-eared will easily spot some signature Orbital sounds in addition to the musical motifs.

It’s not going to get you throwing yourself around the room all Chime-hands-in-the-air-stylee but as an album to really savour on a car journey or walk to work it’s perfect.

In lieu of another official Orbital album this is a pretty good substitute.

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