Luke Slater ‎– Alright On Top

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STUMM 198 Luke Slater Alright On Top(LP, Album) Mute STUMM 198 UK 2002 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 198 A Luke Slater Alright On Top (Australian Limited Edition)(2xCD) Mute CD STUMM 198 A UK 2002 Sell This Version
9177-2 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Mute 9177-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
VJCP-68390 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Virgin, Mute VJCP-68390 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
CDStumm198 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Mute CDStumm198 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Evercd207 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Everlasting Records (2) Evercd207 Spain 2002 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 198, 5016025611980 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Mute, Virgin CD STUMM 198, 5016025611980 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
5016025611980, CDStumm198 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) Virgin, Labels, Mute 5016025611980, CDStumm198 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
391.0198.020 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album) PIAS Benelux 391.0198.020 Benelux 2002 Sell This Version
musdj109-2 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album, Promo) Mute Corporation musdj109-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
5016025611980, CDStumm198 Luke Slater Alright On Top(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Mute Records Ltd. (2) 5016025611980, CDStumm198 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Luke Slater Alright On Top(Cass, Promo) Virgin none Japan 2002 Sell This Version

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acidchewer

acidchewer

November 4, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Alright On Top, LP, Album, STUMM 198
So, I'm just wondering WHY is this tagged as electro? Not even close. If you are looking for electro, This is NOT what you are looking for!!! Straight RUBBISH!!
Stakkertoo

Stakkertoo

April 4, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Alright On Top, LP, Album, STUMM 198
So basically all I can do is reiterate the disappointment that Ricky Barrow brings to this album. I've heard Luke Slater perform this with a different singer when he was promoting the album, and the singer who performed with him on those nights was far, far better. Ricky has neither the range, nor simply the style for this kind of music. His laid back stoned sound might work on less precise music, but it just falls flat on this.

I also don't rate the vocal production, it's very basic.

Shame as I love the music...
deejsasqui

deejsasqui

April 11, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Alright On Top, CD, Album, 9177-2

My first taste of Slater was from his video for All Exhale. I bought that album, and it was awesome - techno and breaks and brilliance. So I was excited to hear that he had a new album out. I got it and I was confused.

After returning to this album from some time away from it, I think I understand what happened. He fell for a clubber girl, and wanted to woo her, or he thought he could win her back with this album. Just look at the track titles. Or listen to the songs - they're all about some lost love. Let's start with the first lines of the album:

Now that I feel no pain when I think of you,
I could look back in time but it won't change the view.
It's a superficial life we lead that brings me down,
I can tolerate you now you're not around.
Try to blame me for everything that's happened,
Try to frame me for everything that's been ..

All this over a dancy beat. Not that "All Exhale" didn't make me dance, this is straight-up club-hit style beats. According to an interview, Luke wanted to do an album with vocals for a while, but I really think they don't help much. Ricky Barrow's vocals do very little for me. They are much flatter than the otherwise dynamic, interesting (if a bit more pop than I was expecting) production of the music. Sometimes they completely clash with the music, as with "Take Me Round Again" - really upbeat, except for the vocals, which are flat as always.

The only major variation from this is the last track which is more in the vein of techno, but it's not enough to save this from being simply a notch above average. Mr Slater, please leave this dancy silliness to other artists who do it better, and return to really interesting music.
EDJ303

EDJ303

September 23, 2003
referencing Alright On Top, LP, Album, STUMM 198
An "album with songs" — as Luke Slater described his third album on Mute — from techno's best trackhead? Purists and DJs can rightly despair that tracks from Alright on Top will take much more concentration to slot into their sets next to Ben Sims or Millsart. Still, Slater giving over half the album to vocalist Ricky Barrow (formerly of the Aloof) turns out better than expected, certainly a radically different album than his others. Slater's distinctive style of pummeling electro-techno is still audible, though occasionally he's content to simply recycle a few electronic pop conventions rather than explore new ground. "You Know What I Mean" rages like any post-millennial electro-industrial band, while "Stars and Heroes" works in sequencer territory reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder disco or Depeche Mode synth pop. Alright on Top does have some amazing productions ("Only You" and "Searchin' for a Dream" especially), but too much of the album is ruined by Barrow's trite lyrics and over-reaching delivery. ("You Know What I Mean" begins: "I'm here/Looking for nothing looking at someone/Maybe you got what I need.") Barrow fails at his frequent attempts to hit the heights of legendary falsettos from Horace Andy to Marvin Gaye, and rarely succeeds at his quest to summon the stoned beatitude of Spiritualized's Jason Pierce. It's admirable of Slater to dive right into the world of vocal/production collaborations instead of simply dipping a toe in the water, but tapping a better vocalist would have produced much better results.