Underworld Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future on LP
Underworld returns with Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, their first new studio album in six years. So what's there in the shining future? The opening punch of a two-note detuned bass riff crunching over relentless percussion; the elegiac swoop of strings as they stretch out across off-world electronics; a demented lupine howl that curls itself into an unshakeable earworm; celestial techno and South American acoustics; voices that warp into harmonic riffs; found lyrics that form fine-tuned monologues; and head music to dance to...And the best Underworld record in years.
It’s fair to say that Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future finds Underworld creatively reborn. Its seven tracks are fleet-footed, raw and spontaneous - a direct result of a strict working process in the studio that saw the band (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) write entirely new music each time they met. That process has helped produce an album that stands tall alongside the recently reissued classics dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In The Infants.