Goldie
Timeless


5.0
classic

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (105 Reviews)
May 30th, 2017 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As the album title suggests, quite simply a Timeless experience.

On occasions, listeners of music will come across albums that leave them completely awestruck, breathless and mesmerized. In any given genre, there are definitive albums that empower people, whether it be the musicianship, concept, production or whatever. Drum and Bass is a genre often littered with acts showcasing nothing but uninspired and derivative music, at least in my opinion. Even though I am not an expert in the electronic music genre, I think I have heard my fair share of it and I can conclude that the majority of it is rather uninteresting. However, one album which, when I heard for the first time, I was simply blown away is Goldie's Timeless. Goldie is one of the biggest names in dnb so it seems, so what does his masterpiece Timeless have to offer?

The album opens up with the exquisitely brilliant title track. Boasting a running time of just over twenty one minutes, it is split into three movements, the first being the unmistakeable Inner City Life. The first two minutes is mostly synth - gorgeous sounding pads that exude a rather calm and beautiful atmosphere. Then come the drums and female vocals, both of which are expertly executed with flair and ingenuity. The drum beats are complex and intricately produced and the vocal lines are simply unforgettable. However, it isn't until the track is five or so minutes through that the bass begins to truly shine. Thunderous and thick, the expert production aids the track in sounding momentous. But the beauty of it is that you don't even realise twenty minutes have passed before it is over. That is how captivating and magical it is.

Another noteworthy track is the absolutely wonderful Sea of Tears, which features some fantastic guitar samples. The first five minutes are a great example of relaxing, chilled out dnb but that is nothing compared to the second half of the song. After an interlude featuring some melancholy guitar, the track shifts into something undeniably brilliant. From seven minutes onwards, it swallows the listener whole with its atmosphere and ethereal soundscapes. Probably the best track on the album.

There are some darker sides to Timeless, represented well by Sensual. The piano motif in the introduction is rather more ominous in comparison to say, the somewhat happy and vibrant instrumentation on State of Mind. However, what can be said of everything present on Timeless is that whilst all of the tracks are quite lengthy, they are rarely boring or stale. Goldie's production is second to none - everything from the drums, ambience, strings, synths, keys, samples and vocals are managed with a precision work ethic it seems. The attention to detail in some tracks such as the album opener are also of note. As well as the material being of a very high quality, the replay value is immense. I myself have listened to the album the whole way through hundreds of times and I can safely say that I am blown away each and every time. In terms of classics, this is way up in the list for me. If you're into the genre as a whole (especially the more intelligent, liquid and jungle styles) then you simply have to hear this.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2017


4491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP Diane Charlemagne, legendary on this album. Great review

Ocean of Noise
May 30th 2017


10925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review needs to be flagged ASAP. Album is amazing.

mindleviticus
May 30th 2017


10137 Comments


Absolutely Classic dnb. The new age instrumentation in particular is something that should be heard more of in a genre like drum and bass. It makes the album sound a lot more uplifting and futuristic, something entirely on its own. It's also an album you can put on at anytime in your life and enjoy. If you're sad, happy, angry or any emotion, even if it's any of the seasons, any event you partake in, any bad situation where you're feeling hopeless, or any long car ride it will have the same impact. This album is the soundtrack to your everyday life.

The rhythms and bass are badass and extremely well paced throughout, the melodies are so bright and euphoric you'll wonder if someone like Iasos or Johannes Schmoelling composed it. The album can be interpretted a lot of different ways and I think that is what makes Timeless just so goddamn...timeless, and I think it exists now as the apotheosis of drum and bass.

zakalwe
May 30th 2017


31374 Comments


There was this, roni size, grooverider and that other fella whose dad was Alvin Stardust and that was it.

KILL
May 31st 2017


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

KILL
May 31st 2017


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sea of tears is such a fucking classic

Confessed2005
August 16th 2018


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

SO22 5DG



someone send me mail lol



Leroy

parksungjoon
December 7th 2018


21558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos

Demon of the Fall
April 8th 2019


16616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One page of comments for a Timeless record. I'd bump my rating if I thought that would help, but not sure I have that sort of influence here (yet).

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Sinternet
April 8th 2019


22768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good bump classic

Sinternet
April 8th 2019


22768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you're killing me bro

DeadBitchAlexis
April 8th 2019


3315 Comments


Except dnb isnt bottom-tier

WeepinnWillow
April 8th 2019


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DnB is top tier

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DeadBitchAlexis
April 8th 2019


3315 Comments


DnB is top tier [2]


Pretty much yeah not too many other styles of EDM are better than it.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2019


4491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DnB incredible thread deserves more love

DeadBitchAlexis
April 8th 2019


3315 Comments


I needa return to this been ages since I last heard.

SoulFunction
June 12th 2019


355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My dad gave me his original UK pressing when I was 11. Played it almost everyday for a week until my big bro told me to shelved it because its too precious to be played constantly.

oltnabrick
January 13th 2020


39756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thinking about this album

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parksungjoon
February 25th 2020


21558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the crazy part is theres even better albums

oltnabrick
February 26th 2020


39756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

which one?



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