The Altogether

On their sixth full-length, British brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, aka Orbital, continue to mine the contemporary electronic playing field that they helped build via their 1989 international hit, "C

On their sixth full-length, British brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, aka Orbital, continue to mine the contemporary electronic playing field that they helped build via their 1989 international hit, "Chime." But unlike too many other artists within this musical genre, Orbital has never aligned itself with the rhythmic fashion of the day. The only thing Orbital aligns itself with is energy with a capital 'e.' Even a track like the languid, trip-hop-inflected "Funny Break (One Is Enough)," which features Naomi Bedford (of U.K. outfit Jonah Hex), overflows with the stuff. Of course, those looking for peak-hour bursts of dancefloor energy are advised to go directly to tracks like the spiraling "Last Thing" and the bittersweet "Doctor?" In addition to Bedford, The Altogether finds the Hartnolls collaborating with David Gray ("Illuminate") and, via samples, Tool ("Tootled") and Ian Dury & the Blockheads ("Oi!"). FYI, the U.S. version of the album contains a bonus disc that includes remixes, unreleased tracks, and B-sides.—MP