🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Burial

Bevan the devil you know…

Depeche Mode hit the top 100:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And today;

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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Burial
  • Untrue

0 voters

Chucked all the singles and EPs in this one:

  • South London Boroughs
  • Distant Lights
  • Ghost Hardware
  • Street Halo
  • Kindred
  • Truant / Rough Sleeper
  • Rival Dealer
  • Young Death / Nightmarket
  • Subtemple / Beachfires
  • Claustro / State Forest
  • Shock Power Of Love
  • Archangel
  • Moth
  • Wolf Club
  • Ego
  • Mirror
  • Four Walls
  • Paradise Circus
  • Nova
  • Temple Sleeper
  • Sweetz
  • Rodent
  • Pre Dawn
  • Indoors
  • Her Revolution
  • His Rope
  • Chemz
  • Dolphinz

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Absolutely loved the first album when it came out, played it endlessly and hoovered up all the early EPs, but since then it’s been pretty much diminishing returns for me. None of the subsequent stuff has been bad or anything, it just didn’t impact on me like the debut did, which I suppose is the price you pay for coming out with a really distinctive sound - it’s always going to be difficult to recapture the buzz of hearing it for the first time. I’m at the point now where he had a new album (well, 43 minute “EP”) out last week, and I haven’t bothered to listen to it yet. Think part of my ennui is down to his release mode over the last decade or so. I can get that he wants to avoid the burden of a record being the follow up to Untrue, but the dripfeed of two or three tracks a year feels like the frittering away of a catalogue. I guess I’m trying to say I still like albums, dammit.

Reading that back it sounds a bit down on someone I do (did) really like, which probably isn’t that reflective of my feelings, so I should mention that he gets an extra point for using samples of the pulse rifles from Aliens as a drum track. And if this thread mutates into talking about amazing dubstep records from circa 2006 then I am definitely here for it.

4 Likes

One for the doesn’t exist camp I’m afraid.

no, it’s supposed to sound all ghostly and not quite there.

9 Likes

Probably a 4 on balance - Untrue is seminal and in the right environment is absolutely magical. The manner of his following releases have made it a bit more difficult to follow (some of those EPs are good and some aren’t but fucked if I remember which). Last weeks release was OK, but if this were a band people would be more critical of their sound not evolving probably.

Prefer Cremation, to be honest. Less faff.

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I’ve gone for a 4 as the first record is still an absolute classic. The EP’s and singles have been patchy at points but when they hit, they really hit like this

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First album was good, but it was Untrue that really grabbed me, absolutely rinsed it at the time. Obvs plenty of good stuff on the singles/EPs, but it’s all felt a bit meandering in the last few years. The Moth/Wolf Cub split he did with Four Tet is the best thing he’s done imo. 4

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Just never got it. Didn’t click despite repeated tries for the 2 albums.

Dismissed at the time as “coffee table dubstep” by a mate of mine who was much more into that genre than I. Archangel is great obvs, but as said above a lot of his stuff is diminishing returns. Quite like Rough Sleeper too. Bit of a one trick pony, nice trick tho

Your mate doesn’t seem to know that much tbh

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Amazing dubstep record :heavy_check_mark:

2006 :heavy_check_mark:

Let’s go!

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5 all day and all night. Will write more later.

Glad to see the love for Moth too, thought I was the only one.

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Slightly generous 4, agree with others that his peak was the EPs from about 2011-2013. It’s all been diminishing returns since then (although I’ve heard very positive things about the new one) and I find that his style of production becomes very wearing very quickly but the highs are very high indeed.

Don’t mean to nitpick @Funkhouser but the singles poll there is a bit wonky. Some of the options are EPs, some are single tracks from singles/EPs. Like Ego/Mirror was one 12" I think, so are Pre Dawn/Indoors, Chemz/Dolphins, Four Walls/Paradise Circus, Moth/Wolf Cub

His non-album discog is a bit obscure to say the least though! There’s the Flame 1/2 collabs with The Bug as well - but props for including Nova and Temple Sleeper, two of his best tracks (sorry to moan)

This too :ok_hand: :ok_hand: :ok_hand:

I know there is a lot of good dubstep from the mid 2000’s, but this is the first that came to mind!

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TBF to him, he does state he’s lumped singles and EPs altogether