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Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Album Review


Twenty years ago Underworld's fourth album Second Toughest In The Infants was a revelation during my formative teenage years. Nothing had sounded like Underworld before or since that landmark record. However after a six-year hiatus Karl Hyde and Rick Smith seem to have finally bottled the same magic for a second time. Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, is of course a very different record though. This time it's from the perspective of two men who are well into their fifties, but is pushes the same buttons as Second Toughest to create something quite beautiful.

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Album Review

Barbara Barbara pivots around the shortest and only instrumental track to be found on the album. The classical guitar plucking on 'Santiago Cuatro' bridges the two very distinct halves of the record. It's like standing back and watching the sunrise as the darkness we've come to expect from Karl Hyde's manic street poetry fades to reveal something hopeful and life affirming. The overall narrative of these seven songs pays perfect tribute to the album title itself, which was a message of hope from Smith's dying father to his wife. It's an album that has been sequenced in a very particular way to deliver that shining future in its very final minutes. I can only imagine that the shuffle tendency of digital music will only be detrimental to the overall mood that the record creates.

Opening track 'I Exhale' throws you into the deep end instantly, the industrial beats and bass heavy production brings to mind a hectic night out. There's a feeling that the song has already been playing somewhere else for hours before the opening seconds, it's like you're eavesdropping on a party that's already well underway when you press play. Hyde's stream of consciousness lyrics create a hypnotic tapestry of images, his strength as a lyricist isn't telling a cohesive story, rather translating some of the synesthesia he famously suffers from into a rapid-fire series of words and associations. These first three songs are the Underworld we're mostly familiar with: dark, industrial, and wonderfully atmospheric. Hyde sums it up perfectly on 'I Exhale' with the simple phrase "corrugated rhythms". The first twenty-two minutes of Barbara Barbara are like a greatest hits set cramming in everything about Underworld that sounds familiar. Ultimately though that's not the highlight of the album.

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Kate Beckinsale Reprising Role As Selene In 'Underworld 5'


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Kate Beckinsale will be reprising her role as the vampire Selene in the fifth instalment of the Underworld franchise. Beckinsale has starred in the past four parts of the successful action-horror franchise.

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The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!


Primavera Sound Festival Ride The Strokes Black Keys The Replacements Antony and the Johnsons James Blake Richie Hawtin Simian Mobile Disco Alt-J Patti Smith Belle And Sebastian Damien Rice Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Perfume Genius The New Pornographers Julian Casablancas Interpol Underworld Caribou Foxygen The Eels Babes In Toyland Sleater-Kinney Albert Hammond Jr

Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.

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Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.

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Underworld - Press preview of Coronation Street The Tour at the Old Coronation Street Set Granada Studio's Manchester. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Underworld and Grosvenor House Sunday 21st October 2012

Underworld and Grosvenor House Monday 22nd October 2012 The Q Awards held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals.

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Underworld and Grosvenor House

Home And Away and Underworld - 'Home And Away' new cast members Saturday 6th November 2010 at The Bank nightclub Sydney, Australia

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Underworld, The Forum, 16/09/10 Live Review


Apprehension is the buzz word on the short ride down to The Forum, as the latest chapter to the Underworld story, Barking, sits very close to the 'cheese' side of the deli counter. A series of collaborations from the sublime, tonight's support 'Appleblim,' to the questionable, Paul Van Dyk (more from him later), the mostly song driven affair is, at best, passable. The latest episode of The Inbetweeners was my 13th favourite if you get what I mean.

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Underworld - Carl Hyde of Underworld Jersey City, New Jersey - All Points West Festival at Liberty State Park - Day 1 Friday 8th August 2008

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Underworld, Oblivion With Bells Album Review


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