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Sheath [LFO]

  • 1. Blown
    2. Mum - Man
    3. Mokeylips
    4. Snot
    5. Moistly
    6. Unafraid to Linger
    7. Sleepy Chicken
    8. Freak
    9. Mummy, I've Had an Accident...
    10. Nevertheless
    11. 'Premacy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 110

  • Credits

    Once a duo, LFO, at the time of the release of SHEATH, was a one-man show, namely, producer Mark Bell. Only his third album over a 14-year period, SHEATH is unmistakably the work of its maker, updated for a new century. Bell strikes some retro poses--early-1990s-era blips and beeps abound--but one also gets the sense that he is hyper-aware of the sounds' significance--the history behind what he is creating. Whether on the ethereal "Blown," the menacing "Unafraid to Linger," or the buzzing "Sleepy Chicken," he still displays a sure knack for dynamically and tastefully arranging a track. And, with its computer-voiced lead, "Freak" calls to mind the 1991 single "We Are Back," and serves to remind of LFO's--and Bell's--significant contributions to techno's development.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/03, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Bell has an instinctive feel for sound..."
    Uncut (11/03, p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Opener 'Blown' is gorgeous..."
    CMJ (9/29/03, p.29) - "...SHEATH is split into multiple personalities, taking Bell's sound into the leftfield...and, at the same time, offering up plenty of lobe-crunching techno..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Some of it hisses and gurgles like early Future Sound Of London, there's some devilish electro-pulp, and the single 'Freak' resembles a malfunctioning old-school arcade video game..."
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