Sounds Of System Breakdown's albums of the decade
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Rob - I have fond memories of listening to this album bundled up in jackets and gloves drawing car engines for my art college portfolio in the dead of winter. It was also a profound kick in the arse to many a bedroom guitarist like myself to get out there and do something.
Rob - My first two albums on CD, bought simultaneously, were Blur’s Parklife and Dance Massive 2 (some classic tracks on that). Echoes was the first album I heard which brought those two strands of my musical appreciation together in a way that I got. I guess the DFA influence was a big factor in this, judging by the completely unexceptional second album.
Rob - It’s IDM with a heart. This album manages to be so effortlessly close and personal and epic at the same time…and you can dance to it. I’m currently at the part where “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” kicks in properly and it still gives me goosebumps.
Rob - I drunkenly stumbled across James Murphy behind Crawdaddy after his DJ set earlier this year, and succeeded to blurt out something like “Hey man, I love your stuff”. He managed a pretty convincing smile and shook my hand. Thanks James!
Adam - This does a fantastic job of conveying some very gritty emotions throughout and keeps an even tone without the slightest hint of getting boring. This album was remarkably useful in coping with some of the rougher times in transitioning from a life in the states to life here in Ireland.
Adam – This has truly reinforced my belief in the power of electronic music to convey mood, tone and imagery in this masterpiece. It is limitless in subject matter and inventiveness while having the capacity to lend social commentary along the way and is equally conducive to subdued dance gatherings as it is to daydreaming on long bus rides. Still haven't gotten sick of this one.
Adam - I'm still enamoured by this album due to the fact that it is so full of incredible screaming energy (without being angry) and addictive song writing that it remains now and will remain for sometime a true classic. Although many people are excited by The Mars Volta, I still frown when this album ends and I realise there won't be any more fresh At The Drive In in the foreseeable future.
Richie - TWBA are a Berlin electronic act that developed slowly into a band with no programmed elements, which is almost the opposite of most bands now. Thealbum is from 2006. Recorded totally live in their own studio. I never get tired dancing around to the organic mix of Rhodes, Bass, Guitar, and Drums.
Richie - Although there's something great about everything he does, Trent has honed his sound by this album and managed to retain the excitement of previous albums. There's a fine line between programmed and live instruments and this is all managed to perfection and the aggression is tightly focussed throughout.
They have won as many awards for art direction as they have for music. This in an epic album which continues the musical journey they started in 1990. It's quite simple, you either love or hate this band and I don't think there’s anything they could do wrong. They are definitelyone of the best bands to come out of America for the last 20 years and are showing no signs of slowing down.