Rhythm and Stealth (Vinyl)
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by M. jenkinson
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. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by Walter F. Terry IV
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 morePublished on Sept. 29 2001 by Tom
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 morePublished on July 24 2001 by lunaticsoul
I found Leftism too lacking in beats, in everything. Leftism is not as complex or as "cool" as R+S. Read morePublished on July 10 2001
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 morePublished on Nov. 24 2000 by T. Adshead
leftfield"s rhythm and stealth is one heck of an album.more techie and probably more psychedelic than leftism. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2000 by vishal vaidya