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Leftfield - Rhythm and Stealth
(05/22/2003)


Genre: House

"Rhythm and Stealth" is the second and most recent album Leftfield has released. Now, this album has the mistfortune of being overshadowed by it's predecessor. Poor it. Really, because this is a fantastic album.

The cover art suits the album quite well: it's foreign and minimalistic. Well, foreign in more ways than one. Not only is this from the UK, but it draws upon the same African undertones as Leftfield, though more sparingly. This album seems to devote more of it's time to a darker, minimalistic, and markedly slower sound, as opposed to the generally energetic dance beat that served as the core of "Leftism."

I mentioned that "Rhythm and Stealth" is overshadowed by "Leftism," and indeed it is. This album regrettably finds itself with a higher number of songs that just aren't up to par with what Leftfield can and does do. Tracks like "Double Flash" and "6/8 War" come to mind. These tracks are still excellent, and by no means hard on the ears, however. It's tracks like "Chant of a Poor Man, "El Cid," and "Rino's Prayer" that really define this album. All are slow, melancholy, and even soulful, for lack of a better term.

All in all, this album is one that shouldn't be ignored by any fan of electronica, unless you're a bigoted idiot. And i'm sure that there those of you out there. This album is a fantastic accomplishment, and you have to admit, Leftfield was hard pressed to live up to the standards they set with their first album, and I think they did just fine with "Rhythm and Stealth."

Cool Hand Luke gives Leftfield's "Rhythm and Stealth"

"Deises ist ein meisterwerk." And no, I didn't use Babelfish. What makes you think that?

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