Underworld - Barking
I know 2010 was a little sad in my review output, it's not because I wasn't listening to music but I found it hard to get inspired to write about it. My new years resolution is to write more about music I love. Not to the point where I get burnt out again but where I can share at least an album a week that I am loving.
The first album that I feel didn't get enough love in 2010 was Underworld's latest opus, Barking. It harkens back to the Trainspotting days with some really wonderful beat driven melodies with some equally impressive vocals added. Barking isn't a game changer, instead, think of it as a return to form for this long time band. They did bring in some outside help in the form of Paul van Dyk, D Ramirez, High Contrast and Dubfire. The two members, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith were left to create some memorable hooks and lyrics that really make these songs stick in your head. Some tracks like "Always Loved A Film" and the first single, "Scribble" are prime for your mix tape of the year.
I found very little not to like with Barking. Its just a good album to throw on to escape the doldrums of every day life. You might find yourself singing along, nodding your head, tapping your foot, or all out dancing if you let yourself succumb to the music and rhythms. Barking is a refreshing album from a group that I have always had a soft spot for.
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