Junkie XL ‎– Big Sounds Of The Drags

Roadrunner Records ‎– RR 8633-2
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1 Check Your Basic Groove 5:09
2 Action Radius 3:53
3 Synasthesia
Arranged By [Strings] – Klaas Ten Holt
4 Power Of Big Slacks 3:25
5 Zerotonine 4:01
6 Love Like Razorblade 6:08
7 Legion 4:36
8 Dance USA 3:23
9 Gettin' Lost 6:18
10 Black Jack 3:07
11 Next Plateau 5:00
12 Future In Computer Hell (Part 2)
Arranged By [Strings] – Klaas Ten Holt

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℗ & © 1999 The All Blacks B.V.

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  • Barcode: 0 16861 86332 6
  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Other: 8086332RR
  • Other: R1176.2
  • Other (Distribution Code): CB 831
  • Label Code: LC 09231

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November 2, 2017

And here we are finally : my personal number 1 album, all genres included. I am a die-hard fan of "Saturday Teenage Kick" but "Big Sounds Of The Drags" has something more that I couldn't precisely define.
With this is mind, I would like to add two more certitudes about this : the title is just badass and the album cover featuring a burning dragster is one of the most tremendous things I have ever seen. I am definitely proud to be part of the Gran Turismo & Need For Speed generation.
Now with regard to the music... well, I suggest to check out the review of Topobot. It is very well detailed and sums up most of my thoughts.
Yet, I have to say that my two all time favorites from there are the real big beat monster "Love Like Razorblade" and the trippy progressive "Future In Computer Hell (Part 2)". Actually, every track is lovely. Even "Black Jack" is beyond acceptable, but these two gems are PHENOMENAL.
The only thing I really regret consists of the last ten minutes of the record which are only built with a non stop and annoying sort of scratching as the previous reviewers said. Fortunately, it can be avoided by stopping the CD right after the last beautiful notes of this second computer hell masterpiece.
To put it simply, "Big Sounds Of The Drags" has not the consistent strength and these continuous dark and explosive beats like its predecessor but it is the result of a light-hearted Junkie XL. He has worked on it for more than a year and the final product is GORGEOUS (despite the hair loss of Mr. Holkenborg during and after the process).
What a way to celebrate the end of the 20th century ! I have to admit that I have not found any pleasure during the listening of the next JXL releases, despite I hugely respect him for his work on a big number of musical styles throughout his career.
Actually, Junkie XL used to be the Dutch version of The Prodigy. Therefore it is impossible to miss these two first JXL albums if songs like "The Private Psychedelic Reel", "Vapor Trail", "Climbatize", "Atom Bomb", "Make Jah Music", "Coz I Can", "The Sound of Milwaukee", "Chemical Meltdown" and "Power To The Beats" (and the list is infinite) sound familiar to you.


May 30, 2014
just wondering why this has never been on vinyl????????


March 1, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

So I think I went a bit overboard with my first review of this, haha. Let's try this again, shall we?

The first five tracks are awesome and segue right into each other; from funky bass-guitar fueled house to electronic rap rock to a pumping house tune to a short but ridiculously catchy rockish tune to a great summer anthem. All of 'em are really good tracks; it's a shame "Power of Big Slacks" isn't longer though.

The next two tracks, "Love Like Razorblade" and "Legion" aren't connected at all but are still pretty good. The former is a stomping house tune soon driven by a catchy 303 bassline while the latter is the guitar part of Minnie Riperton's "Les Fleurs" combined with Rudeboy's rapping and the drums from The Crystal Method's "High Roller". The latter is filler sure, but that doesn't mean it isn't good at least.

The following two after thatare the more "dance-oriented" tracks; "Dance USA" has a hook that is chopped up into oblivion while "Gettin' Lost" is a trance tune that has a synth hook that just becomes more groovy over time.

"Black Jack" is the weakest track on the album and is obviously a bit more filler; but it's at least okay. "Next Plateau" is the final track with Rudeboy, and it too is great. You've probably heard part of it via the 7AM remix of "Rivers" on the download-only additional albums to the Radio JXL album; this track however has more guitars and a synth chorus that can be described as "synth bliss".

"Future in Computer Hell [Part 2]" is the final track on the album; if you've heard Sasha's Global Underground Ibiza mix you've definitely heard this one. It's also a good track, starting off with some Super Duck Breaks samples before cutting to a groovy horn sample that builds up the track before it becomes a good stomping progressive house tune. It's also got a hidden track too; which is nothing more than a BEAUTIFUL 3-4 minute long string/bell arrangement. It does cut to about 12 minutes of fuzz though, which does get annoying since it's basically the second half of the 21:45 that the track takes up. You'd figure Tom would throw in another banger like "Mulu" on "Saturday Teenage Kick", but he doesn't do that here. Oh well.

This album is worth the money though; it's basically electronic music fused with rock elements and rappers done right. Which is what the previous album is, except this one is a bit lighter hearted.


December 27, 2010
disappointed with his followup. saturday teenage kick was outstanding but this album has too many fillers.


April 20, 2004
JXL's second release, it has a very different feel than his first. It's more diverse in terms of the music and the vocal work. Less rapping and more actual singing. Highlights are Synasthesia, Power Of Big Slacks, Zerotonine, Legion and Dance USA. Those are just the really good songs. There's never a dull moment. Future In Computer Hell Pt. II gets kind of annoying once the actual song ends and he drags out a bonus thingie for ten minutes with a really irritating record fuzz sound that obscures the strings that play under it. Overall, very good and well worth the money. 9/10