Hybrid (UK)
Disappear Here


3.0
good

Review

by ThroneOfAgony USER (12 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,521 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something good, but not great

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Disappear Here is the fourth installment released in 2010 by the famous Welsh breaks/progressive house group, Hybrid. But sadly, there are more negatives then positives with this LP. This is definitely not an atrocious, lackluster attempt made but it isn’t equivalent to their bewildering cinematic journey, Wide Angle. To make things even, however, Disappear Here has a lot of diversity in it; there’s a wide range of instruments such as the snare drum and electric bass, and full-of-life vocals which will leave an impression on some listeners. Unfortunately, most of the beats are flavorless altogether, and won’t pierce anything under your skin. Plus most of them are constructed from a simple snare drum, which in turn spikes up the predictability and brings out blandness to your ears. And that’s comparable to almost half this LP.

At times I find it nearly impossible to criticize a Hybrid album so firmly, but this is completely necessary. There could be numerous ways to annotate each track here, detailing every little sound and reverb effect, but if there’s one way to describe it then it would have to be poorly planned. Both the snare drum and electric bass lines are slightly overproduced, each sounding like a BB gun firing off by the minute; or in its simplest form, ear-piercing. On top of that, creativity is hardly encountered here. Generic 4/4 beats and oddly similar tracks are admitted throughout, and therefore take pleasure right out of the structured template. Luckily, the production here is surprisingly accurate other than the noisy drums/bass. You are guaranteed to find detailed orchestral setups that go hand-in-hand with most of the tracks, and a lot of vocally driven climaxes/cool-downs that increase emotion by a car load.

Break My Soul is probably the best track on here that perfectly articulates the wind-up-cool-down portion. The intermission consists of a female vocalist wailing at the skies and eventually pivots itself into a frightening beat that carries the rest of the track over. Can you hear me is one of the fewest highlights here. It’s strangely sung by a male, and to most die-hard fans including myself, is an odd yet inviting occurrence in the world of Hybrid. The beat progresses nicely and retains an atmospheric coat. Numb thankfully is the complete opposite of the name; it’s an emotionally uplifting, body-soothing song and has piano keystrokes that are grasping to the touch. Most of these tracks are between average and good, but they aren’t disastrous.

Listening to this album from start to finish and actually enjoying every part of it will never come in contact with Disappear Here, but the fact the production is excellent and a few tunes will bring in a swarm of people, it overall warrants a good Hybrid album. Preoccupied fans of Wide Angle may very well easily pass this by their heads, but anyone looking for an amicable yet occasionally boring full-length record should check this out immediately.



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ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


An okay album, just barely surpasses a 3.0. It's not my favorite from this group. Feedback would be much appreciated.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2012



3366 Comments


I Choose Noise was a cool album, I have to listen to this as a whole. I have only heard Original Sin which is good.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


......

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2012



31085 Comments


Idk either, Systemunfolded is just trying to fit in

Review is okay; you could try going into more detail, for instance, you don't mention anything about its genre or anything overly specific at all

Digging: Banks - Goddess

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


Hybrid is of hard to describe (genre wise). But yeah I guess I could have. I like what I wrote though

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2012



31085 Comments


They make breaks/progressive house

EASY!

Tyrael
March 23rd 2012



20823 Comments


I'm pretty sure robots don't have any sort of emotions

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


Alright I included it in the review. I just find them hard to classify sometimes.

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


Thanks. I might do Morning Sci-Fi later today.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012



28828 Comments


sup throne pos

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


thanks man . you gonna review anytime soon?

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2012



28828 Comments


you'd better believe it bro, I usually do spur of the moment and reviews take no longer than about 10-20 minutes to write up. haha this is prolly the longest break[mid-week] I've ever taken from writing a review.

BallsToTheWall
March 23rd 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sick album.

KILL
March 23rd 2012



71392 Comments


wide angle is better check it balls

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


Wide Angle is so much better actually.

KILL
March 23rd 2012



71392 Comments


julee cruise is my life

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012



3485 Comments


holy crap man her voice

KILL
March 23rd 2012



71392 Comments


i know man check out her album floating into the night is so fucking good, you'll know a lot of tracks if you've seen twin peaks

Acanthus
March 23rd 2012



9537 Comments


Commenting so I can read after work, dig some of this bands stuff.

Acanthus
March 24th 2012



9537 Comments


Nice review, but personally I think Hybrid is more of a like them/hate them band.



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