Top Ten 2006: #2 - Burial


21. Feb. 2007, 18:46

Counting down my top ten albums of 2006 with a set of reviews of all ten albums (yes, I'm still doing this even if 2007 is well underway at this point). Here's #2:

Burial (2006)

2006 was the year that I, like so many other people, discovered dubstep. Not so much a genre as a scene, dubstep has been written about extensively by far better writers than myself, so I won't really talk about it here. Coming out of that scene, however, is the mysterious Burial, a reclusive producer who, if the articles I've read are true, uses nothing more than a very basic sound editor to make some of the most engaging electronic music I've heard in years. Burial's debut album is best described with one word: deep. The bass lines are heavy and dark, the songs are built out of woozy layers of sound packed with atmosphere and scratchy textures, and all around the edges is a nervous energy just barely being held in check. It's the kind of album where I discover new and different sonic moments to delve into on every listen. Even now, as I hear these songs for the first time in several weeks, I'm absolutely captivated, as I suspect I will be for years to come. Don't miss this one, as it's destined to be a true classic.

Distant Lights
Southern Comfort


  • u2popmofo

    Wow, this is a fantastically written review. Great job. I FINALLY just received this album from Amazon. I've only heard a few songs, but I already absolutely love those tracks. Can't wait to get the chance to listen to this album and then get more acquainted with it. Thanks again for the great review.

    16. Mär. 2007, 6:29
  • jgd3

    This is absolutely the new artist find of the year. As you remember, I didn't really get this album for the first several listens, but the one evening riding the L through downtown Chicago it all just clicked for me in magnificent fashion. Amazing! The fact that he did this entire thing using an ancient version of Sound Forge is just crazy. I hope he made enough money to buy some newer software – just imagine the possibilities!

    6. Apr. 2007, 22:12
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