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Burial Untrue

  • Words: Matt Earp
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Untrue showcases Burial’s unique version of dubstep taken to its logical extreme. All the elements of his debut are here: the huge Slowdive-style synths; the extremely tight, skipping beats; the emasculated, altered, disembodied soul vocals; and the fanatic attention to every sound’s detail and clarity. At its best moments, like the ecstatic, relentless drive of “Ghost Hardware” or the spooky second half of “Homeless,” where the synths fall away, leaving the Alex Reese-style bass and drums exposed, the album can be breathtaking. But it's bogged down in indulgent, beatless interludes, and lacks the exciting variation that Burial is capable of. The difference between emotional and overwrought will likely depend on your mood.

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