Skream
Skream!


4.0
excellent

Review

by LiNaK37 USER (1 Reviews)
March 8th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skream's debut album, and a Dubstep classic.

Skream's debut album is a classic. It was released shortly before Rusko helped bring in a wave of generic sounding "brostep" (although Rusko does have some good songs). Any fan of Dubstep should give this album a listen.

1. Tortured Soul
Immediately, this song starts out with an unnerving string section, with some grinding noises coming in shortly after. This sets the dark, nervous mood that defines this song. Some tabla drums come in, followed by some more industrial-type sounds. Overall, this is a good track, although there isn't much to it.
3.5/5.0

2. Midnight Request Line
This song starts off with a sample from an old 80's hip hop song, which transitions toward a nice melody. I really like the rhythmic variation in this song. It changes often, but not too much to where it leaves you unfamiliar with what is going on. In fact, transitions are what this song does best. This song probably has barely anymore actual "content" than Tortured Soul, but the beautiful transitions make it seem like it has so much more. The song mainly repeats the same melody, but with some variations in pitch, and for a short time, instrument. Skream did a fantastic job with this song, and I can easily see why it's considered one of his best works.
5.0/5.0

3. Blue Eyez
Skream brings Dubstep back to its Dub roots for this one. This song is a lot like a more upbeat, dubby version of Midnight Request Line. Skream does a very good job at keeping his rhythms interesting. The song does seem to drag on toward the end, though.
4.5/5.0

4. Auto-Dub
Skream starts this song off with some white noise with a flanger on it and some high hats. Then come the reggae stabs. The beggining is quite similar to Blue Eyez. In fact, similar is the best word to describe this song. It's basically a loop with a few fx on top and some automation. In fact, it IS a loop with a few fx on top and some automation. It's good for what it is, but I think Skream could have done more with this idea.
3.0/5.0

5. Check It (featuring Warrior Queen)
I think this song should have been left off of the album. The instrumentation itself is weak. The vocals help to keep interest at first, but they eventually get annoying. This song lacks the greatness of the songs at the beginning of the album.
2.5/5.0

6. Stagger
After the last two songs on this album combined with the intro of this song, it doesn't sound too promising at first. However, as the song goes on, it starts to sound decent. The place this song really shines at is the end. Everything gets much more interesting, melodically and rhythmically. This song isn't too special, but it helps to keep the downward slope in quality that the last two songs set from spiraling out of control.
3.5/5

7. Dutch Flowerz
This song is nice and chill. The combination of the sine bass and the nice metallic sounding lead make for a good combo. Later the guitar and Trancey strings come in, and they help enhance the mood even more. Finally, the song introduces some horns and fades out at the very end. If I had to describe this song with one word, it would be beautiful. It may not be as catchy as Midnight Request Line, but I personally think it's the superior song.
5.0/5

8. Rutten
This is another one of the more popular songs on the album. I'd say it and Midnight Request Line are the most popular from this album, but I would say Midnight Request Line is definitely the better of the two. This song includes a nice flute lead, but it doesn't offer much else in my opinion. On the other hand, Midnight Request Line is solid in every area.
3.5/5

9. Tapped (featuring JME)
Tapped is more of a Grime song. It's nice to hear some (good) lyrics in this album, but overall, I wouldn't really say this song is anything that special. It has some nice 808esque bass, but it's one of the weaker songs on the album in my opinion.
3.0/5

10. Kut-Off
Melodically, this piece is very interesting. Not to mention it's also one of the few songs on the album with a bass that has a timbre other than the classic sine wave bass. It drags on a little too long for my tastes though.
4.0/5

11. Summer Dreams
This (along with Emotionally Mute) is probably the most unique song on the album. It's like Soulful House combined with Dubstep. The sample coming in at the beginning of the song of the commotion one would hear at a diner immediately sets a mood that the rest of the song builds on. I really like how Skream varies the percussion samples by cutting off the tails at certain points. This is especially noticeable with the claps. I wouldn't suggest you listen to this song if you're not in the mood to chill out, because it may seem too long otherwise. However, if you want a nice chill-out song, this would be a good choice.
5.0/5

12. Colourful
Starting off with a flute sound, it begins sounding a lot like Rutten. However, it changes when this crazy synth sound comes in after about 2 minutes. It has more variety than Rutten, but it's not as catchy. A good song, but there are plenty on the album I consider better.
3.5/5

13. Emotionally Mute
Melodically, this is by far the strongest song on the album. This song has one of the best uses of melody and countermelody I have ever seen. Sure, some Trance songs may have crazy melodies, but this song's melodies aren't just individual talents. They work together as a cohesive team, and that is what makes this song so special. The percussion may not be as varied as some of the other songs in this album, but it doesn't matter, because the melody should provide enough variation for anybody.
5.0/5

tl;dr
Good album. Midnight Request Line is very popular and very good. Dutch Flowerz is another great Dubstep song, Emotionally Mute and Summer Dreams have less Dubstep influence but are just as good.

I'm giving this album a 4.0/5.0.


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2muchket!
March 8th 2011


900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm glad someone has reviewed this but you're likely to get some crit for doing a track by track.

This is good too, not as good as his eps or even as good as Outside the Box, however considering the
impact he's had on the scene this well worth checking out (as is Benga's Newstep album which is pretty
much ignored by most).

LiNaK37
March 8th 2011


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah it's okay, criticism is always welcome. I've always enjoyed track by track reviews the most, so I decided to do it that way. It's good for an album to flow together, but it really only makes a big difference on concept albums (usually)

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2011


31357 Comments


Track by track's are fine to start off with, but you should be able to articulate your thoughts on the album without having to resort to explaining point by point every single track. You definitely know what you're talking about, which is always good to have on this site.

The instrumentation itself is weak


You need to avoid stuff like this, you need to go into more detail and explain why it's weak etc.

As far as I'm concerned this is far from a classic, I never truly understood the hype about this album. I mean, it's really good and all, but yeah....

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2011


31357 Comments


(as is Benga's Newstep album which is pretty
much ignored by most).


Totally agree. Lot of people on this site just seem to wait until the next big hyped dubstep album comes out and then claim they know all about the genre.

Like totally bro, just listen to Untrue.........

2muchket!
March 20th 2011


900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Totally agree. Lot of people on this site just seem to wait until the next big hyped dubstep album comes out and then claim they know all about the genre.

Like totally bro, just listen to Untrue.........


hahaha yeah it's unfortunate, you've done a good job in trying to educate some of the peons over on this site, quite frankly 95% of the users over here are morons so I didn't waste my time. I might do a genre write-up for Dubstep on the foums, I'll link you to it if I do, be interested on your critique.

ratowitz
May 5th 2011


175 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Glad to see on this album. Emotionally Mute is one of my favorite songs as well.

By the way, Outside the Box was average at best.

Gyromania
May 5th 2011


15941 Comments


you've done a good job in trying to educate some of the peons over on this site, quite frankly 95% of the users over here are morons so I didn't waste my time. I might do a genre write-up for Dubstep on the foums, I'll link you to it if I do, be interested on your critique.

lol, oh boy.

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 5th 2011


10613 Comments


95% of the users over here are morons so I didn't waste my time


Please master, stay, your time isn't wasted on us mere mortals.

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Recspecs
September 22nd 2011


9829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked Check-It

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011


22008 Comments


I quite like this
http://soundcloud.com/skreamizm/delphic-this-momentary-free

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Recspecs
October 21st 2012


9829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

CHECK IT

Nipple
October 21st 2012


759 Comments


rutten

YankeeDudel
October 21st 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

trve dubstep rite dev

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ShitsofRain
July 5th 2014


5911 Comments


babysteps

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