Parsing The Pop: Some Voters Had A Hard Time Curbing Their Enthusiasm

Jan 11th, 2007 // 10 Comments

burial.jpgFor those of you tired of poring over the Jackin’ Pop albums and singles lists, we turn now to the Enthusiasm 40 list, which complies the albums that got the most amount of points from the least amount of votes. Topping this round-up was the self-titled debut from dubstep producer Burial (175 points from 15 votes), which we confess to never getting a chance to listen to in ’06. Two tracks are below; thanks to all the tipsters who sent these in:

Burial – Distant Lights [MP3, link expired]
Burial – Broken Home [MP3, link expired]

  1. Ned Raggett

    I honestly thought this one was WAY oversold by its fans. Atmospheric but not the end of the world. The Kode9 and Spaceape album that came out on the same label a little while later was more to my taste, but compare and contrast as you like.

  2. ow my eye

    the kode9 and spaceape record would have been good save for spaceape’s godawful ‘flow.’

    i really enjoy the way the hi-hats sound like sharpening knives on this record. neat.

  3. Paul D

    This is…

    This is awful.

    Barely musical. All drugs in the world…

    *shrug*

  4. GiantPanda

    It’s an awesome album. Calling it barely musical is pretty funny though and by pretty funny I mean stupid. That said, these two tracks aren’t that great, especially compared to the rest of the album…

  5. chaircrusher

    I think pretty much all of Dubstep is kinda boring. I paid actual money for the Burial, based on the ravings of various techno friends, thinking ‘maybe this is the CD that makes it all worthwhile.’ But I was disappointed. Maybe it’s a whole different thing when you hear it in a club on a good sound system.

    Paul D, you don’t really like dance music do you? ‘Burial’ isn’t all that, but if you had any sympathy with or knowledge of dance music of the last 20 years, you wouldn’t dismiss it like that. Go listen to some Wilco, gramps.

  6. philip sherburne

    I’m with Ned. I thought the Burial album was nice (talk about damning with faint praise), but hardly revolutionary. And dubstep boosters’ genuflections to the Church of Bass I find singleminded to the point of fetishism. I still think “Distant Lights” is a lovely song, easily the best thing on the album, riding the knife-edge between pathos and bathos with grace and finesse. (Maybe that’s the sound you hear, Ow My Eye?) Burial’s greatest contribution to dubstep is probably his willingness to employ classic UK garage’s sense of swing and overall lightness of step–something more dubstep producers could pay attention to, as the genre slides towards Sun O)))-styled molasses worship.

  7. thumps

    I thought the Various album was much better than this. I expected that the World is Gone would be a bunch of overrated shite, but I listen to it quite a bit.

    I really don’t care for the practice of coming up with new names for different kinds of electronic music – dubstep, 2step, grime, whatever. Actually, those all sound better than “hyphy,” so maybe the Brits aren’t the real offenders.

  8. GiantPanda

    Also, I think the Boxcutter or Vex’d albums were a bit better than this one.

  9. dentist

    ow my eye- I thought the same thing, re: the sharpening knives sound.

    The first time this album really clicked for me was on a long drive, listening to it on full blast in a friend’s convertible with the top down one summer night. It has been my favorite of the year ever since. It definitely works best when digested as a whole from start to finish.

  10. Anonymous

    Sharpening knives is a good description, I thought they sounded like scissors. It’s sort of the most identifiable part of his sound!

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