Faithless - To All New Arrivals

When I read the notes that came with To All New Arrivals it came as a shock to me that this was only the fifth album by Faithless. They seem to have been around for ages... After shifting a might 1,200,000 copies of their "Greatest Hits" package, they're quite big too. One of the main problems with Faithless is that people buy their records on the back of their rather impressive live shows, and their records don't quite live up to the hype, they never quite manage to capture the energy and impact that they possess on the stage and channel it onto these rather handy small silver discs. To All New Arrivals, unfortunately, follows the same pattern.

It still has the bass heavy dancefloor fillers like Bombs on here, with it's rather moving excerpt from a phone call saying "If I don't get out of this, I just want to say I really love you", it builds around some delicate beats and synths into a track that will feel fields from here to Australia next summer. But elsewhere this record feels a little lightweight. The production is very clean but it lacks any bite or impact. The frankly embarrassing intro and outro to Spiders, Crocodiles & Kryptonite with some squeaky, helium influenced vocals are the worst thing I've heard on record since Robbie Williams' Rudebox, but the middle of the track is really good, thumping along and Maxi's rapping sounding focused and a perfect counterpart to the New Order-esque bass line.

There are very little other highlights - most of the other songs sound very similar to their contemporaries and the dirty beats and Maxi rapping have been, almost, completely removed. A Kind of Peace, featuring Cat Power, is a nice piece of ambient-folk, but it's all been done before, the bleeping beats do nothing to rise this above something that both Beth Orton and Fourtet have done previously. Less said about Last This Day with Dido on vocals the better - it sounds like Dido. But slower.

Releasing a "Greatest Hits" selection can normally mean a neat end to a career. Those listening to this album will wonder why they've carried on, there's nothing particularly fresh here and the things that all went into making Faithless an exciting proposition have seemingly been removed to leave you cold and empty.

Overall

5

out of 10

Last updated: 29/04/2018 00:45:13

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