Burial
Untrue


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ball's USER (2 Reviews)
November 5th, 2007 | 34 replies | 5,134 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another album for a lonely subway ride.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

It's strange to think that it has only been a year since Burial (who I will assume is a male) released his eponymous full length. Since then, everyone from in-the-know dubstep connoisseurs to casual electronic fans have discovered the album and generated enough hype to match any weak, pseudo-cryptic advertising campaign. In just sixteen months, Burial have become a 'household name' in the UK dubstep/garage scene; his almost too perfect combination of stuttering two-step beats, warped vocal samples, and nighttime ambience transcended most limitations set by the genre.

With the release of the Ghost Hardware EP earlier this year, it seemed as if Burial was taking his music in a slightly different direction, adding emphasis on the atmospheric aspects of music more so than on rhythm. The use of vocals was more abundant and seemingly less altered; the songs almost felt more organic than on previous releases. Now we have Untrue, an album which many people, including myself, have been anticipating since first hearing Burial.

In man ways, Untrue follows in the same vain as Burial's past works. There are plenty of off-kilter beats to be heard, which flawlessly coalesce with a plethora of keyboard pads, ever-deepening bass hits and ghostly, soulful vocals. "Ghost Hardware," one of the early standouts, incorporates one of the more memorable rhythmic patterns on the disc into a musical dream sequence. This formula is repeated effectively on "Untrue," where Burial adds some vocal diversity into the mix with both male and female singers. Many of the vox tracks on Untrue possess an almost R&B feel to them - that is, if apparitions could sing the blues.

One of the most notable changes here, though, is the addition of more traditional ambient passages. Songs such as "Endorphin" and "In McDonalds" provide a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of dubstep. These moody pieces seem to reflect the sparse moments of quiet within an endless metropolis, implied feelings of twilight isolation which are not uncommon in Burial's music.

Untrue ends on a completely different note with "Raver," where straightforward dance music takes the place of the normal dubstep fare, remaining true to the name. Does this signify a possible new direction in Burial's sound, or is it just another brief experiment to keep fans wanting more? Whatever the answer may be, Untrue is still a worthy follow up to an instant genre classic; an album that despite various flaws, has plenty of variety, fresh ideas and the ingenuity that many of Burial's peers lack.

This is not untrue.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
JumpTheF**kUp
November 5th 2007



2708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your reviews are always concise, well written and generally spot on description wise.
Sounds like a good album.

Iai
Emeritus
November 5th 2007



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

:shock:

It got released already?!

/goes shoppingThis Message Edited On 11.05.07

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2007



6073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your reviews are always concise, well written and generally spot on description wise. Sounds like a good album.

It got released already?!

Many of the vox tracks on Untrue possess an almost R&B feel to them - that is, if apparitions could sing the blues.

Awesome.This Message Edited On 11.05.07

Kaleid
November 5th 2007



709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need this. Nice work

Zebra
Moderator
November 5th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still need to pick up his self titled effort before I get this one. The handful of tracks that I've heard have been excellent.

ValiumMan
November 5th 2007



493 Comments


I only got his debut a short time ago and I'm totally in love with it. I might check this out soon. Great review.

Yyy
November 5th 2007



289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

At first I thought this album was kind of a let down, but after listening to it more it started to grow on me.

Commortus
November 5th 2007



237 Comments


I like this dude's reviews.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2007



6073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is ridiculously good.

Willie
Moderator
November 6th 2007



15774 Comments


I've never even heard of this guy, but this review has caught my attention...

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Robert Crumb
Emeritus
November 7th 2007



165 Comments


Fantastic album, Archangel is like whoa

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2007



6073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is just plain awesome. "Archangel" and "Near Dark" were all I listened to during second period.This Message Edited On 11.07.07

Kaleid
November 7th 2007



709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It beats the s/t, which I really, really like

Yyy
November 8th 2007



289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No it doesn't.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2007



6073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know, I like it more.

Yyy
November 8th 2007



289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yyy makes the facts.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
November 9th 2007



2806 Comments


Only on the third song but this rules so far.

JumpTheF**kUp
November 10th 2007



2708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Archangel is incredible.

Slaytan
November 14th 2007



1186 Comments


Nice shorter review...also, your site ranking is 666 right now.

Yyy
November 14th 2007



289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know. I'm metal as fuck.



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