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The Orb's new album

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from a music review......

Slabs of dub, slices of surrealism, and disembodied "found" voices make their appearance on the latest offering by ambient dub commandos The Orb. Bicycles & Tricycles offers little in the Orb oeuvre that wasn't stated back on Orblivion and it's not the seismic paradigm shift of "Little Fluffy Clouds," but that's not to say there isn't plenty left in that fertile cumulus to explore. There's the Augustus Pablo melodica and dub bass on "Towers 23," and "Abstractions" lifts Frippertronics, something The Orb has been doing for over a decade. Except for a rap by MC Soom T on "Aftermath," the Orb has abandoned the trip-hop vocals of Cydonia. Instead, Bicycles & Tricycles returns to the original Orb concept which isn't about songs, but lysergic landscapes. Industrial grinds propel you through one moment, only to be untethered into infinite space the next, before being snagged into synchronicity by a dub groove. This album has been available as an import for a while.

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Guest timoconnell

Yeah, have you heard it yet? It was just released on Tuesday. My review is late (the original release date was August) but should be up in a couple of days. It's a wicked and diverse album. I think that is what the review excerpt you posted is trying to say?

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Guest timoconnell

Where can I get this album?

Virgin Megastore for certain and most record shops that carry electronic music.

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Guest CowboyTrance

Here's another review:

The Orb have always held a mantle in dance music analogous to the one Pink Floyd holds in rock. Albums are less collections of singles than beautiful, scary, and surreal sonic journeys. Atmospherics, dreamscapes, and seemingly obscure bits give the songs as much weight as any instrument or melody. As the progenitors of the genre we now call Ambient House, Dr. Alex Paterson and company continue to define it and re-define it, transporting the listener to places far beyond the rings of Saturn.

Bicycles and Tricycles is The Orb’s seventh full-length U.S. release (although their actual canon is quite massive if you include singles and remix work), and while it contains sounds and voyages you can’t yet imagine, it paradoxically is classic-sounding Orb. This is a good thing. If you’re just home from the club, but not the slightest bit ready to return to reality, this disc may be precisely what the doctor ordered.

Kicking off with the unassuming “Orb Is,†one might be tempted to think they know where the tunes are taking them, but that’s because they’ve never been to “The Land of Green Ginger,†one of several beautifully bizarre aural centerpieces waiting to be experienced. “This is the tale of an enchanted land that was never in the same place twice...†a voice warns us from the background, and such a line might be the best description of the album one can offer. Other standouts include the appropriately titled “Abstractions†and the defiant chug of “From a Distance.â€

The only hiccup here is their ill-advised merger with MC Soon T on a track called “Aftermath.†While both parties clearly have skills, the attempt at such a straightforward radio song seems to be contrary to the whole spirit of the Orb. Nonetheless, Bicycles and Tricycles is a fine piece of work. And if it’s not exactly their Dark Side of the Moon, it’s at least their Animals.

Label: Sanctuary/Terra Firma

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Guest somefiercehouse

I just got it at Amazon.com. You can listen to some tracks there too. From what I heard it's defintly the next "logical" step for the Orb. They have 2 on Amazon, an enhanced and an Import. It looks like the Import has an extra song on it.

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