The fifth UNKLE full-length is here! As per usual with an UNKLE record, James Lavelle is joined by a whole swathe of guests, from Mark Lanegan and ESKA to members of Primal Scream, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Duke Spirit. The Road: Part 1 is available as single and double CD editions and as a double LP, with all versions featuring a 36-page booklet.
Vinyl Double LP £32.99 SFTDLP001
180g vinyl 2LP on Songs For The Def housed in debossed gatefold sleeve with 36-page booklet. Includes download card.
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CD £14.49 SFTDCD001X
2CD on Songs For The Def, housed in embossed, oversized softpack with 36 page booklet. Second disc contains exclusive instrumental versions of each track.
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CD £11.99 SFTDCD001
Gatefold CD on Songs For The Def. Includes 36-page booklet.
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Haunting. James Lavelle releases his 5th album under his UNKLE moniker and as usual it's star studded with members of Primal Scream, Queens of the Stone Age and the Duke Spirit assisting. Lavelle says that this album was a result of going back to his roots after realising that he was now the only permanent member of UNKLE. It's a typically cinematic piece of work full of aching strings. The stand out track (and future use as soundtrack to news clip compilation of terrible things happening) is 'Looking For the Rain' with its "hold me in your arms refrain. Elsewhere the gravel voice of Mark Lanegan works nicely with the Morricone - like soundtrack of 'Cowboys or Indians'. Less successful perhaps is 'Nowhere to Run/Bandits' in which pulsating electronica and staccato vocals are added to the cinematic facade. This and the occasional spoken word piece makes the album stray a little near that Faithless style 'meaningful' spoken word. Tracks like 'Arms Length' drift away from chilled out soundscapes towards towering stadium rock by means of big rock guitars and gospel-ish vocals but there's also slick and sleek dancefloor on 'Sunrise (Always Comes Around)' - an excellent slice of pulsating electronica that should appeal to fans of both Massive Attack and Rudimental.
This exemplifies Lavelle's anything goes mentality. It's a meticulously produced album - everything is crisp and nicely scrubbed. Lavelle has obviously spent a hell of a long time honing his craft. Probably at it's best when being regretful, the album skates across a dozen styles and successfully documents a personal journey for a very singular artist.
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