Hold Your Colour



by the_misery_chick USER (7 Reviews)
November 8th, 2005 | 127 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Writing about music, Frank Zappa once said, is like dancing about architecture. This is certainly the case for Pendulum. They are predominantly a drum 'n' bass group, however in their debut album, they span many other genres such as jazz rock, funk, ambient and hip hop, while still maintaining a drum 'n' bass beat. Not unlike The Avalanches, they also use samples from the most unlikely places.

The album starts with Prelude, a short introduction based on a sample from a sci - fi TV show. It has a few brass instruments and a choir in the background, but isn't really much. It segues beautifully into Slam which starts off with a heavy hip hop beat and brass fanfare. It then speeds up, changing mood completely. A grinding synth riff and fast drums start off this section. The synth then stops, leaving the drum beat and bass. The synth then comes back with a different beat and changes some more over the song. At about three minutes in, a sample from Prelude comes in with some spacey noises for a few seconds. It then goes back to the hypnotic main synth riff and goes on to the second riff, then gets crazier and crazier. Along with Prelude, it is a brilliant opener to the album and sets the tone for the rest.

The next track, Plasticworld, is more ambient. It still has a fast beat, but the rest of the song is much calmer. There is some lovely singing and synths on this song. Fasten Your Seatbelt is a bouncy almost ska style track which starts off with spacey keyboards, rapping and singing. There is some grat dub bass on this and short bursts of rapping and singing come back. There is a great middle section that uses a sample of a film or TV show. It then goes back to the bouncy ska. This is a nice lively track with good use of vocals.

Through The Loop is much darker and very sinister. The first thing we hear is a sample of some singing from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (the old one with Gene Wilder). The singing turns into very melodramatic screaming over an extremely fast drumbeat. The sample stops and a synth loop starts up. The sample is repeated later on in the track over some more spacey sounds. The next track, Sounds of Life, is another ambient one with airy vocals and lovely synth effects that add to the ambient feel of the track.

The most diverse and experimental track on the album is Girl In The Fire, a track that is based on a jazzy, almost Latin American acoustic guitar riff. Drums and synths build up and altogether, the first part of the track has a kind of warped lounge feel to it. This goes on for a few minutes, then it speeds up and becomes more complex, adding short snaps of vocals and more bass. Later an electric guitar solo comes in above the rhythm guitar. This track really shows you how many influences Pendulum have.

Tarantula is the only song of Pendulum's that I've heard on the radio. It has some excellent rapping over a synth similar to that on Slam and a quick drum loop. The song has a dancehall feel to it and is very different to the rest of the album. Out Here is what Funkadelic would sound like if they'd collaborated with U2, the Chemical Brothers and The Rapture. A mid tempo, funky track starting off with a plaintive guitar riff but slowly morphing into a full on electro banger. The title track is a very perculiar one, with more vocals than any of the others. The vocals sound like they could have come from a Dashboard Confessional song, but mixed with the trancey drum 'n' bass it turns into something very strange, mixing emo - ish vocals with electronica. The rest of the tracks are very good drum 'n' bass, heavy on the samples and noises. The Terminal sounds like something Prodigy could have cooked up mixed with something that sounds like the Batman theme, Streamline is another sweet ambient tune, Another Planet is, dare I say it, otherworldly and final track Still Grey sums up the whole album - hard and fast in some places, yet ambient and downtempo in others.

Hold Your Colour isn't an album for everyone, but it is an album for people to enjoy. It may be unlistenable on the first go, but if you give it a second chance, all will come clear.

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November 8th 2005


Nice review. I liked the intro.

I've danced about architecture though. :upset:

November 9th 2005



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January 19th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review .

I love this album, I don't listen to a lot of this style of music but I hope there is a lot more of it like this. Sounds Of Life and Hold Your Colour are my favourite. With all the synth/programming work I've been doing on my computer lately I find stuff as well done as this really inspiring/interesting.

I now like layered synths as much as I like delay pedals. Sweet album, listening to it now actually, which is why I came on to make sure someone had put a review of it up.

February 8th 2006


*bows* thanks

February 8th 2006


gawd you are lucky

June 18th 2006


I am buying this as my next album. co mos of myrecods are experimental-rock/metal so i need t exapdn and i like what i have heard by these guys before.

June 22nd 2006


Well if you like experimental rock and metal you will like this!

July 12th 2006


I hae to say this album is amzing. I now own it. I love "plasticworld", "tarantula" and "the terminal" most.

July 12th 2006


Slam is an awesome track. I really like these guys, i'll have to pick this up when I can afford it.

July 24th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

my mate got handed this album by the MC from ashton court festival! and he gave it to me...i really like it!! really good beats, slam is probably my favourite!!

Six Foot Revolver
August 4th 2006


Slam and Tarantula are easily the best tracks on this imo.

La Revolucion
November 11th 2006


This is one of the better drum and bass albums I've ever heard.

November 27th 2006


Album Rating: 1.0

First Pendulum song I ever heard was Masochist. This song is still one of my favourite drum 'n' bass tracks (second only to Spor's 'Cyberfunk'). But when i bought Hold Your Colour, I was so disappointed. It sucks compared to his earlier work. Most hated track was with The Freestylers. It's so poppy and slow. The only good that came out of this album was the desire to find better, and once I found such artists as Calyx, Spor, Nosia, Concord Dawn... Yeah, Pendulum definatly made a better version of Voodoo People (Prodigy), but it looks like they've lost it.

November 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Hold Your Colour is a great song. This review was also very good. Nice work, review more.

veggie 3.14
January 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant album, especially Hold Your Colour and Prelude/Slam.

Some of the more ambient songs can get a little bit samey, in my opinion, but it doesn't detract from the whole much at all.

Sweet review, by the way.

January 31st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

this is the only dance music i can physically stand to listen to. it's quite good. they've been tipped as the "next prodigy" but frankly, i think that's an insult, if anything!

italic zero
May 28th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

This album is missing what attracts me to drum n bass/jungle. Maybe because I prefer the more organic, ambient side, but this doesn't do much for me.

July 17th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

this album would nhave been even better if blood sugar was the first track :/

August 31st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. this whole album is just so catchy. makes you wanna get the rave on

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