Burial
Untrue


4.5
superb

Review

by plane STAFF
November 8th, 2007 | 1190 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The rubbish super-hero takes his alter ego to staggering, successful heights. That much is true.

Burial, referencing nature even by name, can’t seem to take design literally. First he gave us his self-titled debut, a homegrown left-field entry into 2006 that sedated a craving for the forgotten dubstep that we didn’t know we had. It was off handed and flawed, but the mark was left, a loose, tribal force of computers vs. jungle that couldn’t sit still. In a year and a half, the dubstep producer broadened the rusty metropolis of Burial, softening the edges into the brooding atmosphere of Untrue, an album that finds this self-proclaimed “rubbish super-hero” mingling into the obscurity of the underground club culture that doesn’t dwell on names or faces, but emotions and odds. And in finding the entangled roots that bound Burial to the bustling city night life, Burial has livened Untrue not only into a more familiar, uplifting plateau, but one that breathes organic life into his combated, technological ends.

In this aspect, Burial treats Untrue like his own underground playground, shifting his focus without forgetting his goal. Treated as a lowly pickpocket, Burial takes loose odds and ends from others to build his collection of knick-knacks and garage noises, where bullet casings hitting concrete from Metal Gear Solid and Vin Diesel’s keys make cameo appearances in samples. They’re just some of many small odes to detail that crowd the dusty corners of Untrue without toppling it over. The product of the sexual centerpiece “Archangel” feels satisfying and absurd, fishing depth out of its woodblock percussion and grimy synths that work in Burial’s gloomy, longing lyricism (“Holding you– good at being alone/loving you– good at being alone/kissing you– tell me I belong/it's not why I trust you”). This apparent lust, which seems distilled in the album’s direct club influence, drives the crinkling tones to “Near Dark” and the drama drenched back-and-forth of feminine vocals in the drifting wisps of “Homeless.” It flirts with the crass piano to “In McDonalds,” which says more of its foggy locale than its hazy dialogue seems capable of.

But like many songs on the album, Burial handles their running time by letting them grow into themselves. The title-track, a makeshift home for garage noises and R&B hook that grooves into Burial’s processed vocals, handles its running time by fluctuating in tone and pace, clawing through patterns and shifts, while “Etched Headplate” grinds like a siren in slow motion, its slow monotone pacing more an effect than a cause of its feminine vocal force. “Dog Shelter” works as a spacey drone, one that could fill a stadium if given the time to expand, like the subdued, feminine coos to “Endorphin” that pull the sensuality right out from under its title. Burial's own self-acknowledging wink is all the more comfortable under the guise of the crackling buzz and dissonant vocal loops to a song entitled "Ghost Hardware," aptly detailing the attention to Burial's shadowy, personal presence and his reliance on electronics.

If taken as a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of London and its inhabitants, Untrue ends up as one of the most refreshing releases of the year. Fortunately, it becomes more than that, and so much of the album clicks because of Burial's hunger for observation, for longing and need for emotion that it's hard not to get swept up in his optimistic outlook. The biggest problem with detractors is there inability to distinguish between Burial and his electronics, amounting to as misleading an insight to Untrue as one can get: "Put on something more organic." Untrue is nothing but.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
plane
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2007


6100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album rules immeasurably.
though nick does it justice tbh

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gay ass review dude.
I guess I should get this album.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 9th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Elim's review >> this review.

sorry but it's true.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2007


6100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have already acknowledged this, thank you.
but 8(

Kage
November 9th 2007


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for sending me this album, Lou. It's indeed really great.

tuff
November 9th 2007


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Archangel is such an awesome track.

iarescientists
November 9th 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if elim and lewis like it

i'm sure i will too!

londoncalling457
November 9th 2007


2615 Comments


This sounds really interesting.

jimay333
November 11th 2007


433 Comments


What type of music is this?

Neoteric
November 12th 2007


3243 Comments


If you read the review, it would answer your question a lot better.

jimay333
November 12th 2007


433 Comments


Oh I did read the review. It didn't really give me a clear image of what it is. Just that its really good. I'll just have to listen to it myself.

plane
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2007


6100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Went back and completely redid the review. Hopefully it is better than the last.

Yyy
November 14th 2007


289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still gay

Doppelganger
November 27th 2007


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where bullet casings hitting concrete from Metal Gear Solid

Sold. MGS3 = best game ever made, so of course a sample from it will make the album good amirite.

francesfarmer
November 27th 2007


1477 Comments


Solid record, never boring.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
December 6th 2007


1588 Comments


The review is well written in some ways, the flow of the review and some of the descriptions are superb. But though you seem to understand the album, you never really capture what the sounds and vibe come together to create.

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2007


6100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This was particularly really hard for me to write and I'm not sure why. This is actually the second draft, and I was going to opt for a third sometime soon but I'd rather just to get other stuff. I'm always listening to it though and jotting down ideas from it so I might just start adding on.

204409
Emeritus
December 19th 2007


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The sad thing is that the source material infinitely trumps this material:

Ray J = Metal Gear Solid > Burial

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2007


6100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There's nothing about this album that I don't enjoy. It's becoming one of my favorite records. "Archangel" is still pretty much the perfect song.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My gosh, why is this beloved so much??
Trip hop is just beyond my understanding... why is this album so flawless?



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