Saturday, January 21, 2017
Bass-O-Matic - Science & Melody - 1991
It is definitely Orbit work, it's blatantly obvious on every track. And, admittedly, the music is fantastic. Which leads me to the issue at hand. This album would have been so so so much better if it had simply been an instrumental album. But, he throws in vocals. Hip Hop RnB vocals that make you feel like your listening to Heavy D & the Boys or Salt N Peppa from the early 90s. Back then, that style was popular. As time goes by, though, the album's credibility slips further and further as it becomes more dated. William Orbit's music is generally timeless. This is not.
It is a FUN album, though. You can tell that he had a blast making it. A lot of his solo material outside of BoM is very serious work, that's what makes him so special. This album is him playing around, throwing things against the wall to see if they'll stick. The song titles and subject matter are wild and fun and creative. There's nothing revolutionary here, but it is Orbit, and a definite must have for all completists. I missed a mix or two, as the track list would have exceeded the hour twenty mark, but you have what you need.