ALBUM V2 RELEASE: MARCH 1, 1999 REVIEW: JUNE 21, 1999
Few techno acts create music with such clarity as Underworld. With an almost endless stream of beat-driven bliss and the spoken words of Karl Hyde they somehow make you feel at home. They've become something like a friend that has always been around. And with the new album "Beaucoup Fish" this friend definitely doesn't let you down.
The well-deserved success of their last album "Second Toughest in the Infants" took members Darren Emerson, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith to new levels of fame. But since they already were well established musicians, they seem to have taken it pretty well. The focus is still on the music and "Beaucoup Fish" doesn't, which we thank God for, contain ten versions of "Born Slippy". Musically they've actually never been more diverse.
Whether dealing with influences from hip hop as in "Bruce Lee" or the laidback house vibe of "Cups" they always end up doing it the Underworld-way. Other highlights include characteristically hard-stomping tracks like "Shudder/King of Snake" and "Jumbo". But the quality is high throughout the entire album.
"Beaucoup Fish" is a mesmerizing journey through the very times we live in and something of a cure for your millennium fever.