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RHYTHM AND STEALTH (Vinyl)

Leftfield LP Record
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, the Leftfield masterminds behind 1995's sumptuous dance stew Leftism, have gone one better with Rhythm and Stealth. A little darker than its predecessor, the long-awaited sophomore effort clearly ranks with dance music's most versatile and human albums, ranging from big blocking dance-floor beats to waves of ambient melancholy, all framed bewitchingly as actual songs. Kicking in hard with the sub-thumping hip-hop trip of "Dusted" and uppercutting it with a spacey "Phat Planet", the momentum is maintained by the looping pyscho-techno mantra of "Double Flash." It is "El Cid," all sleepy, warm, sunny Sunday mornings, that offers the first hint of the richer personality to come. And while "Afrika Shox" rattles cages and "Swords" is undeniably addictive, the lush mystery of "Reno" best personifies the beauty and brilliance of this album. The song encompasses the aura of Nusrat Fatah Ali Kahn with an enormous, beautiful bottom end and engaging waves of samplers used like strings. Rhythm and Stealth is a unique entity, the best of electronic sound, with an organic, real heart pumping away inside. --Steffan Chirazi

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shame Leftfield are no more eh? Aug. 11 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm only 20 and I had no idea who Leftfield were til '99. My brother played me the original version of 'Song of Life' in 99 and kept banging on how amazing 'Leftism'is. I could not stop playing it. I still can't I admit. Still,I bought 'Rhythm and Stealth' that year and was amazed how good this is. 'Dusted' is a raw hard hop track with the magic of Roots Manuva over it.(Though I admit I hate hip-hop). 'Phat Planet', the guiness ad track is an amazing track and the album pace is kept until 'El Cid'. 'Afrika Shox' with Afrika Bambaataa is really catchy! Dub Gusset'(what a name for a track,sniff!),is a nice dark breaks number with the cool zappy dial twiddling which brings us nicely into the hypnosis of 'Swords' with the eerie vocals of Toni Halliday. The album ends nicely on a very dark tip with the awesome '6/8 War' and that's topped off with 'Rhino's Prayer' which is a dark breakbeat number with heavy sub-bass rhythms. All in all this is an album which will be in my faves of all time. Maybe not up there with Leftism with it's legacy, but still one that will keep Leftfield's spirit burn forever...
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4.0 out of 5 stars rhythm infection bliss July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this before the Leftism one and actually prefer it. When it hits the speakers I pull out my djembe african drum and don't stop playing along until the very end, drenched in sweat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness and the Light Jan. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Normally I am not a fan of Drum and Base but when it is done right it is very good and Leftfield has done it right and then some more. This is the perfect album to sit at home with. It is weird in that it is not really an album you can dance too but if you like to sit around with your friends and enjoy some tunes then this is really a good one because you can chat and then relax and then chat again and relax and the album really does fill that void well. I know lots of people who throw this one on when people are around because it sets a good mood and for all its darkness is actually quite moving in a soul searching thinky sort of way.
The tunes are all mostly drum and bass but they do vary in type. There are a lot of floor thumpers that will vibrate all the way to the neighbors but then there is also ambient works that will just oscillate the bongs.
For those of you expecting Leftfield: Leftism, forget it. Leftfield have simply done something darker and new. This is a must have album and it is really that good! I would also recommend Paul Oakenfold's Great Wall if you like this one because they are very similar except that Great Wall is more Trance orientated.
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By Beasly
Format:Audio CD
After buying Leftism on a whim and falling in love with it, I was excited to find Rhythm and Stealth and bought it right away when I saw it a few years back. It starts off with moderately catchy "Dusted" with rap vocals, but "Phat Planet," the next song, bored me with it's monotonous beat and lack of variation. "Chant of a Poor Man" has a catchy bassline, with reggae-type vocals, but it doesn't compare to Leftism's "Release the Pressure." "Double Flash" is monotonous and flat like Phat Planet with a thick beat but little else to offer. Track 5, "El Cid," is soft and lullaby-ish enough to put me to sleep, which wouldn't be a bad thing except for it's complete listlessness and lack of sound variety. "Afrika Shox" is one of the few standouts on the album with it's hardhitting beat and club-catchy lyrics. This song shows that Leftfield can still be extremely edgy and creative, even if they haven't chosen this route for other songs on this album. "Dub Gussett" is, once again, monotonous and lacking in variety. "Swords" is a rare gem on this cd. It's soothing and melodic with female vocals, but has enough variation to keep me interested. "6/8 War"......monotonous. The distortion in the beat is rather grating on the ears after awhile. "Rino's Prayer" begins with dark, moody male vocals and eventually jolts you with a dark heavy beat. I enjoy this song.
Overall, tracks "Phat Planet," "Double Flash," "El Cid," "Dub Gussett," and "6/8 War" were truly disappointing, dull, and uncreative. Leftfield showed us with Leftism that they have the range to make versatile and edgy music, but these tracks fail to display their talents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Several Amazing Tracks May 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album as a whole is darn good; but a few tracks are simply amazing (Dusted, Swords, and Chant of the Poor Man) and to a lesser extent Afrika Shox. These tracks alone make it worth the purchace, its much better than leftism, although I wish they had included Afro-Ride on this album.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the dark side May 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
Of course there are the inevitable comparisons to Leftism, but therein lies an important difference: Where Leftism maintains an amazing consistency, I think R&S finds our heroes trying to impress on too many levels. This could have been a minimalist beat feast a la Double Flash and Phat Planet or filled with slow, brooding pieces like Swords and Poor Man, or even showpieces like Dusted and Afrika Shox. But a few of all of the above doesn't gel well.
For my money I'd have opted for the second, since the best and most fully realized part of all this was the Swords single, which had no less than five fantasic remixes. Rare and essential.
Lastly, after four or five years (whatever it was) to fill out the disc with such filler as they do is puzzling and a little sad.
Lastly, the cover was (to me) a clever evocation of Steely Dan's Aja cover. What that means I cannot say.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, yet not great
I wish i could say something great about this album, but there is hardly anything great in it. Ive hear so many good things about leftfield that i was dissapointed with this... Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Roger I. Camara Lemarroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best album...
I loved this album.... Prticularly the funky different stuff which I think personifies Leftfield... Wasn't so keen on some of the housey tunes, which there are not so many of... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2001 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning album on its own
They did fail to come up with an album as stunning as "leftism", but "leftism" was a very hard act to follow, being one of the most greatest electonica albums... Read more
Published on July 24 2001 by lunaticsoul
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than Leftism and best of it's kind
I found Leftism too lacking in beats, in everything. Leftism is not as complex or as "cool" as R+S. Read more
Published on July 10 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars More techno than Leftism
I agree that this CD is darker than Leftism - more techno than tribal. It is also more uneven - Dusted is a very strong start, and is better than much of Leftism, but the album... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2000 by T. Adshead
4.0 out of 5 stars this is the one
leftfield"s rhythm and stealth is one heck of an album.more techie and probably more psychedelic than leftism. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2000 by vishal vaidya
2.0 out of 5 stars Phat?
Fresh sound effects drive this album, from the lush synths of El Cid to the guitar freakout on Phat Planet. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2000 by AuralWreath
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