Pendulum
Hold Your Colour


5.0
classic

Review

by Willow USER (21 Reviews)
April 14th, 2019 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The king.

At this point, Australian drum and bass quintet Pendulum are probably well known for constantly alienating the DnB scene as much as they are known for their music (though I would imagine most people know bandleaders Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen's side project Knife Party more nowadays). Despite all the sound shifts, they've actually managed to display plenty of consistency over the years; but Pendulum is one of those bands where the debut album, Hold Your Colour, is their magnum opus, and in their case it is not only their best album, it's one of the most influental albums in the entire genre, and certainly one of the greatest.

Rob and Gareth clearly had eyes on both the club lunatics and the home listener, because one of the greatest assets of Hold Your Colour is how it fits both in raves and for casual listening. Songs like "Slam" and "Tarantula" were obviously meant to cater to the dance crowd, while others such as the title track are more pointed towards the standard listener, but they're executed in such a way that neither audience ends up feeling alienated. Everything is also incredibly catchy, with "Tarantula" and the title track being the most notorious ear worms; Rob and Gareth's gift for crafting amazing melodies is something very few musicians possess nowadays. But what truly makes Hold Your Colour one of the most influental albums in the drum and bass genre is how many artists began following in Pendulum's footsteps—thanks to them, the genre started evolving outside of its rave/club roots and into worldwide recognition. The sheer impact of this album is to the point where Pendulum effectively became the Beatles of drum and bass in the sense that virtually all artists in the genre are going to carry their influence for the remainder of its existence, even after it ends up falling out of favor (which certainly isn't anytime soon). It's a mammoth accomplishment, especially for a debut, but Pendulum successfully managed to pull it off.

Hold Your Colour is beautifully mixed as well; the bass is audible, the synths are incredibly polished and shiny and perfectly exemplify what the future of drum and bass was at the time. Rob and Gareth absolutely knocked it out of the park while simultaneously continuing to innovate—rather than 100% emphasis on the bass and drums, the genre also began relying on melodies as well, which no doubt has only increased its health and longetivity in the increasingly melody-focused electronic music scene, which meant that even with the advents of brostep and trap that DnB still retained a sense of relevancy. Hold Your Colour has it all—catchiness, originality, innovation—and it no doubt will forever hold a special place as one of the greatest drum and bass albums ever made.



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WeepinnWillow
April 14th 2019


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/4FAfNNU21dqtKKhHWB2eOa

Constructive criticism always appreciated.

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SlicePaperMoog
April 14th 2019


1094 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I will never ever stop calling this band overrated.



Pretty sure that when I die my ghost will be haunting the world calling shite.



Konflict - Pendulum > Pendulum band

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2019


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woah, throwback to this album! Nice stuff, pos'd ;]

Your style on the whole is succinct and conversational in a way that scans well and is easy to follow, but since you asked for crit, here's a couple things:



"Rob and Gareth clearly had eyes on both the club lunatics and the home listener, because one of the greatest assets of Hold Your Colour is how it fits both in raves and for casual listening."

Second clause seems self-explanatory to the point of tautology; a slight phrasing rework might help here



"Songs like "Slam" and "Tarantula" were obviously meant to cater to the dance crowd, while others such as the title track are more pointed towards the standard listener, but they're executed in such a way that neither audience ends up feeling alienated."

A little more description of the songs/styles in question would illustrate this better; feel your point would be stronger with a bit more support



"Rob and Gareth's gift for crafting amazing melodies is something very few musicians possess nowadays."

Personal preference taking the wheel here, but given that this album came out 14 years ago (wtf??), comparing it with contemporary musicians in the most general sense seems a bit of a wayward tangent. Again, slight expansion/phrasing alteration would help your point here

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WeepinnWillow
April 14th 2019


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, appreciate it. Will take into account next time!

Sinternet
April 14th 2019


19114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review legendary album

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WeepinnWillow
April 14th 2019


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks



also indeed a legendary album

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2019


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah yeah yeah

WeepinnWillow
April 15th 2019


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

AnimalsAsSummit
April 16th 2019


3827 Comments


as a self-proclaimed DnBhead I personally find this album totally stale, lifeless, and not at all a good example of the genre. it really is a different style than the drum and bass I grew up with. almost dubstep-ish.

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