Review Summary: Both very creative and brilliantly thought out, this is by far an amazing electronic album.
Orbital is easily one of the best, most influential techno groups to emerge from the early 90’s, and their album Snivilisation
perfectly exemplifies why this is. Even though their unquestionably amazing record, In Sides
has been classified as their most groundbreaking, Snivilisation
is still very essential from the group. Snivilisation
is loaded with an immense amount of goodies/gems on it; piercing, yet completely out-of-the-ordinary melodies that could easily rupture your bones into tiny shreds, dense percussion that could be found through 90% of the album, and stylish/very artistic keyboard layouts that you probably wouldn’t find on any other Orbital release. Basically, the most positive aspect here is the musical integrity. It’s definitely significant in every way possible and is very accessible too.
The cleverness is the best thing on this album. As in, you won’t find anything similar here, at all. The melody placements here and the overall formulated structure of the songs are so distinguishable that you won’t need to compare 2-3 different tracks. They all have an entire different sound, mood, and approach to them. Album opener, Forever
takes the sound approach to an entire different level, with a beautiful atmosphere that gives the song a more visionary approach, and a vocal snippet dated back from who-knows-when. Crash and Carry
has a fascinating melody to it and a foot-stomping percussion outline that makes this song one of the best, and Kein Trink Wasser
features a wonderfully upbeat keyboard that gets more intense by the minute. Science Friction
is circled around the synthesizer, and a spooky atmosphere that shifts left and right.
So the point i'm trying to instill is, Snivilisation
is one of Orbital’s most consistent albums, next to their ever-so-popular In Sides
. It’s extremely crafty, accessible for just about anyone, and a truly admirable effort for the duo. It represents so much from the group, and is outstanding throughout. There’s nothing dissatisfactory here, and is by far one of the most brilliantly thought out electronic albums I’ve ever heard.