Ellen Allien + Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles - XLR8R

Ellen Allien + Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles

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Orchestra is full of ace electro-house that beautifully pools the talents of Allien and Sascha Ring (Apparat) into sad melodies and strident, humanity-imbued rhythms. "Do Not Break" demands immediate breakdancing while the standout "Metric" resembles a Busta Rhymes joint pitted against a string symphony. If it weren't for "Leave Me Alone," where Ring's sports-bar pop croon better is suited to an after-school TV special about making the right choices about sex and homework, this record might've been a masterwork.