Review Summary: An album that will both motivate you and touch your soul the moment you hear it.
How many albums can you honestly say have captivated your ears the moment you plugged in your headphones? Or brought back powerful forms of nostalgia in which are basically indescribable in each in and every way known to man? For most inhabitants across the globe that listen to music daily, probably not much. Well, I’m positively certain there’s one of albums that give you a different perspective of the genre (such as non-crappy nu-metal) or enhances your music taste in a more ‘mature form’, but in its entirety, albums that you would foresee as “instant classics” or unquestionably alluring are, for the most part, obscure. However the second I heard ‘Archangel’ off of Burial’s remarkable long player ‘Untrue’, I just knew at the end it would construct a classic.
It shouldn’t come to a surprise that Burial’s ‘Untrue’ is ridiculously amazing; in both atmosphere and dexterity. Added onto passionate R&B samples, and frightening yet emotional beats that set in a distinctive mood for the outer world, ‘Untrue’ is outstanding. And to even throw in more flavors that this LP already possessed, William Bevan (Burial) threw in film and video game pieces. They were everything from David Lynch’s film Inland Empire, to mysterious ones like the video game Metal Gear Solid. But compared to his self-titled debut that brought incredible praise just like with this one (and even more, actually), it ultimately feels like Burial has matured immensely with the process of ‘Untrue.’ His production and originality of songs are kept under perfect pace, with no awkward or weird parts that seep in. And lets not forget about his amazingly crafted percussion sequences that are, without a doubt, his shining spot within ‘Untrue.’ I mean, ‘Burial’ had its moments with the scratchy percussions tearing away the songs, but ‘Untrue’ just seems like William Beval spent hours and hours creating this interesting patterns, and in the end paid off. The dark percussion strings are with what make this album outstanding, added onto the graceful atmospheres braided with the vocal samples.
‘Untrue’ is a journey that begins the moment when you hear it.
But with the man as of now reaching his full potential (with the already marvelous praise of Kindred) of his career, ‘Untrue’ has carried his path along. It’s the album everyone talks about when you mention Burial (well where I live seems to be the case). It’s the album that received extensive tunnels of bright light, with seemingly no end in sight, and is definitely the album that will captivate you the moment you hear it. ‘Untrue’ is Burial’s best, and as of today still is.