15 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his first album in seven years, James Lavelle assembles a characteristically wide cast of collaborators, but The Road, Pt. 1 is as moody and introspective as his rock-electronic hybrids have ever sounded. Mark Lanegan’s gravelly baritone lends sorrowful weight to the theatrical strings of “Looking for the Rain,” while “Cowboys or Indians” demonstrates Lavelle’s fondness for fusion, toggling between acoustic folk and nervous trip-hop. The dark clouds grow a silver lining on “Stole Enough,” a bittersweet song for piano and gospel chorus.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his first album in seven years, James Lavelle assembles a characteristically wide cast of collaborators, but The Road, Pt. 1 is as moody and introspective as his rock-electronic hybrids have ever sounded. Mark Lanegan’s gravelly baritone lends sorrowful weight to the theatrical strings of “Looking for the Rain,” while “Cowboys or Indians” demonstrates Lavelle’s fondness for fusion, toggling between acoustic folk and nervous trip-hop. The dark clouds grow a silver lining on “Stole Enough,” a bittersweet song for piano and gospel chorus.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Thadjus III ,

Next level

Eventually others will get turned onto Unkle through commercial advertising background or features in a movie. The rest of us can enjoy now.

NormanE3D ,

I would have to agree

UNKLE is the Mozart for the Masses

Herbcrustedspam ,

Different Direction

Compared to previous works, I'd say this is a more pop-ish, club friendly album. The only tracks that give the UNKLE-y vibe are "Looking for the Rain", and "Sick Lullaby", IMHO. There are a number of disco tempo up beat tracks that, for me, are not what one looks for in an UNKLE production. Perhaps it's an indication of the direction James is heading towards, or that I'm just biased based on previous works that I love and are emotional touchstones.

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