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  • LP Record (Sept. 18 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
  • ASIN: B003GC5874
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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 cd.
This cd reminds me of Orbital, a lot, yet it does have its own style. But it does not move me much. The first track is cathy yet, boring. The rest of the songs are good, specially affrika shoks, but in the end they fail in exciting me or producing a connection. Trust me i love electronica, yet i did not connect deeply here. There are certain things that i deeply appreciate here, one is the production, its foolproof. The sound is beautifull as well as the mix. All the tracks have a deep-clean sound that makes the bass and beats sound sharp and punchy. Another thing i appreciate is the creativity, just by hearing the recordings is obvious that a lot of time was invested in creating them. And a very picky process of selection must have taken place. This album sounds solid and finished. It is a complete album, and definetively a work of art. But in my opinion not as great as it could be.
It lacks a smart and heavier edge. All tracks are produced with a hip hop feel when they could sometimes use another type of feel. Nothing i hear is that innovative, even though it does sound creative.
Another thing i dont like in this cd is that even the organic sounds come out sort of electronic, so the organic side of electronica is sort of lost in this album.
All in all i wish i could give this cd a 3 and a half, but 3 is all im allowed. It is definetively a buy i dont regret, but it is not a record i will listen to on a heavy rotation basis.
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