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For some years now, I have been a fan of Drum and Bass music, and it was a friend of mine who introduced me to the music of Pendulum. I instantly fell in love with the group and I have been hooked ever since.
Pendulum are a drum and bass group from Australia and they were formed in 2002. They released their debut album in 2005, which is entitled Hold Your Colour, after one of the tracks which is featured on the album itself. The band then released the album again in 2007, but they replaced two tracks off the album. I actually have both copies of the album, and there is a few other differences too.
The two songs which were put onto the later version of the album are ones I personally prefer, but there has been gaps added between each track so you know the definitive end and start of each song, which I can see why they have done it, but unfortunatley this seems to have made the album lose its sense of flow, and ruins a few of the songs in some places.
Hold Your Colour contains thirteen tracks in total, which include their hits; Tarantula, Fasten Your Seatbelt, Slam and the title track Hold Your Colour. Most of the songs on this album are their biggest hits and most of them will have been heard by their fans around the world. It is the biggest selling drum and bass album to date, and I can easily see why.
All the tracks on this album are upbeat, interesting and each one has their own unique twist. There is a great blend of MC Vocals, Electronic Beats, Drops, Bass and Awesome Music. It is almost like a genre of music completley of it's own, but that doesn't make it any less brilliant. I guess you can almost say that this is drum and bass of a non-specific type.
I find each track on this album great to listen to, and I have enjoyed many a night out dancing to the music of Pendulum. The music on this album is greatly written, and you can hear just how well it has all worked out. The beats all fit perfectly together, even when there is a completle change in tempo or bass. You can also hear how well the words fit to the songs, well with those songs that have words, not all of them do.
If you have not heard any of Pendulums music before, then this is the best place to start, as it is a great introduction to their style of music. I am sure most people will enjoy this music, and it never fails to put me in a great mood, and it always makes me want to dance or sing along.
Personally, I think if you buy the original version, you would enjoy it just as much as the newly released version. The gaps on the newer version do somewhat take away from the flow, but they do not ruin anything as such, the music is still perfectly enjoyable. The two tracks that were on the original album, Another Planet and Still Grey have now been replaced by Axle Grinder and Blood Sugar, which are awesome tracks and if you do not hear the older tracks, you wouldn't be at a total loss.
If you enjoy Drum and Bass, or Electronical music styles, I am pretty sure you will enjoy the music of Pendulum.
You can buy this album from high streets stores like HMV or you can buy it from online stores like Amazon, which currently are selling it for just £5, which personally I think is a bargain price as it really is a brilliant album, as there is not a single track on there I can say I do not like. There may be a chance to get the older version of the album from sellers on eBay.
I personally love this album, and even after their new releases, this is still my favorite album of theirs. I give this album a 5 out of 5 stars and I thoroughly recommend this album.
*This review is also on Ciao under the username of Hailee*
CDr, Promo, Reissue
Style Drum n Bass
3 Plastic World
4 Fasten Your Seatbelt
5 Through The Loop
6 Sounds Of Life
7 Girl In The Fire
9 Out Here
10 Hold Your Colour
13 Blood Sugar
14 Axle Grinder
Pendulum an australian drum and bass group.Been making tracks since 2002,with there first realease on 31 records,followed by a release on renegade hardware,before signing to Breakbeat Kaos.This album brought pendulum out of the underground and into the commercial scene , with tracks such as slam gettin playlisted on radio 1.There rocky interpritation of drum and bass brought them a huge following and they have continued to get bigger and bigger.This album is more drum and bass sounding then the newer one (in silico).
A deep stiring intro almost sounding like something from danny elfman, leads into a crushing bassline over tearing beats,that is guaranteed to get any one moving about.I highly reccommend you go and watch the vdeo of this on youtube its very amusing.
Startin off with a nice mellow intro which will jsut simply take u away this song progresses intoi a nice little roller. which is perfect for a summer days cruisin,featuring vocals from mc fats.
Fasten your seatbelt
This track features breakbeat producers the freestylers.It is a 135bpm peice of dance music,which kind of lulls you into a flase sense of security with the intro .Then drops iton a very synth based breakbeat track with hard beats and chopping and changing breaks
Through the loop
Pendulum at their best starting off with filtered teasing breaks and wind swept pads, with a speech sample from the original charlie and the chocolate factory.This drops into a bass heavy explosion of chopped up amen beats and high pitched syths,defo one for the dancefloor.
Sounds of life
A track that is more vocal based.Featuring the vocal talents of jasmin lee,I have to say this is my least favourite track off the album.Repetitive beats throughout the whole song, and i dont even know what she is singing about.It was given away as a free download to promote the album and i can see why.
Girl in the fire
A nice guitar based intro leads into some salsa sounding beats,before an electro synth kicks in and funks up the track.The beats sound similar to alot of their songs though and it does not really do much in the way of evolving as a peice of music.
This song was co-produced with Dan Stein (dj fresh).Featuring vocals from mc spyda.A very ragga based track starting off with a very reggea based beat,before dropping into a tearing drum and bass track.This track has featured in several tv shows including top gear and skins.
Another breakbeat style track which is to be honest a bit boring,sounds like a poor version of fasten your seatbelt.I think this was defo a filler.The beats just sound recycled and it kinda has random sound effects thrown over it with a vocal that kinda sounds like justin timberlake.
Hold you colour
The intro to this sont is very beautiful with a vocoded vocal over a scattering syth and acoustic sounding guitar strums.Then it gets angry as the beats start to come in and the mellow guitar changes into a more electro based sound,flowing nicely over the breaks,nice little drop outs and the vocal comming in and out make this a very good track,prob the best on the album in my opinion.
Pendulm resort back to their roots with this,You can tell immediatly from the fast sounding beats and dark syth bass that this is gonna be a monster.It drops into an electro breakdown which kind of fools you then bang,drops into a very heavy syth based d nb track.This has destroyed dancefloors with its winding bass and crashing beats,not for the faint hearted.
A very futuristic sounding intro, almost sounds like something from a computer game or film with its sweeping orchestral pads.The beat is subtily brought in with a nice vocal,does not really progress much though,and its a bit weird ,its drum and bass but its very light sort of thing you would expect to hear in a commercial.
This is on my version of the album which was a gonus version,not sure if it is on the earlier edition.The intro starts with a voice telling you its the end of the world before dropping into a heavy rock based intro which leads into a very big beat based syth track.Imagine slam on acid and that is kind of what you get with this track]
Again think this is only on the later album release.Starts off sounding like a horror film with an eerie guitar and melodic sound ,makes me think of a haunted house.When this drops its like being kicked in the chest,i dunno about saving the best till last but they saved tha hardest for last.Definatly a dancefloor based track which really gets the adrenaline going.
Overall a definate must for all music lovers,if your new or not into drum and bass then this will definatley give you a good insight as to what the scene is about , as it covers all kinds of drum and bass.This is avaliable very cheap now and i would reccommenc it to everyone.
~~ Pendulum ~~
Pendulum first assembled in 2002, in the town of Perth in Australia. Popular with many across the world, Pendulum's success comes from their unique genre. Featuring a strange mixture of electronic, rock and drum and bass they have essentially created their own genre which is original and intriguing.
Pendulum have released 2 albums to date, with a new album planned for release in 2010. Both albums are beautiful and different in many ways. No 2 tracks are alike, with their musical direction shifting from year to year. Hold your colour is their first released album and has a very calming electronic theme.
~~ Album Art ~~
As evident from their strange genre of music, Pendulum have tried to break the mould and release something fresh and exciting, their album cover is no exception. Featuring a very psychedelic eye surrounded by strange patterns, I find the cover to be very psychedelic yet strangely calming which greatly reflects their album.
The disc features the same pattern as the front cover; however the pattern is very artistic and matches the rest of the case.
The back of the case features something different. The colour is a little darker and features 2 exotic looking butterflies, in the middle of this there is a track listing in a playful light green font.
Overall I love the casing, it is clear when you look at it that it has been very well thought out and a lot of patience has been put into the design. You may even find yourself admiring the casing!
~~ Track Listing ~~
The original album contains the following track listing:
1. Prelude - 0:52
2. Slam - 5:44
3. Plasticworld (featuring Fats & TC) - 6:21
4. Fasten Your Seatbelt (featuring The Freestylers) - 6:38
5. Through the Loop - 6:13
6. Sounds of Life (featuring Jasmine Yee) - 5:21
7. Girl in the Fire - 4:53
8. Tarantula (featuring Fresh, $pyda & Tenor Fly) - 5:31
9. Out Here - 6:07
10. Hold Your Colour - 5:28
11. The Terminal - 5:42
12. Streamline - 5:23
13. Another Planet - 7:38
14. Still Grey - 7:51
'Hold Your Colour' was re-released in 2007, the last 2 tracks were cut out and the following 2 took their place:
13. Blood Sugar - 5:17
14. Axle Grinder - 4:09
I have heard both versions and completely disagree with the re-release. 'Blood Sugar' and 'Axle Grinder do not belong on this album, they are more fast paced and mainstream compared to the other tracks and don't seem to grab my attention as much.
I would highly recommend trying to find the original but that's just my two cents.
~~ Songs ~~
The great thing about this album is it can be played anywhere; a lot of people appreciate pendulum and the sheer extensiveness of their genre means it can be played both in a modern nightclub and to gently unwind to at home.
The prelude is brilliant and funny, I often find myself singing along to it, it is a very fitting opening and introduces the first song, 'Slam', perfectly (almost seamlessly).
It's a challenge to sum up a lot of the songs, they vary and contrast greatly, you defiantly get more than just and album as the songs are so unique.
I would say the following songs are perfect to unwind too and feature beautiful drum beats, lyrics and bass: 'Plasticworld', 'Sounds of Life', 'and Girl in the Fire ','Hold your Colour', 'Streamline' and 'Still Grey'.
The rest of the songs are a lot more upbeat and most have a faster tempo, which you will find yourself tapping your foot too.
A lot of other artists feature in this album, each adding their own 'cherry to the cake' if you will, these can be seen in the track listing. One song worth noting for its guest appearing is 'Sounds of Life', featuring Jasmine Lee. Jasmines beautiful singing really adds to this song and the drum and bass beats almost amplify her voice making this the perfect song to unwind too.
A well known fact about 'Through the Loop' is the quotations from the original film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. The lyrics from the film really make this song, and sound like they have meaning. This is defiantly one of my favourite pendulum songs and is like candy to my ears.
~~ Overall ~~
I would recommend this to a large audience, anyone who appreciates electronic, dance, trance, alternative rock, drum and bass or just a steady rhythm will fall in love with this album just as I have.
If you have heard Pendulums recent songs or album, it just doesn't compare to this, they half abandoned this style and took a new direction featuring more rock and speed for the mainstream fans.
If you've heard any of their songs and like them, then I can almost promise you, you won't be disappointed with this album!
"Hold Your Colour" was released in 2005 as the debut album from the Australian Drum & Bass act Pendulum. This album found them bringing a commercially-friendly Drum & bass sound that gave them the chance to breakthrough (unlike most acts in this genre), however they would go on to over-do it with their second album "In Silico" to their point where they lost their Drum & bass foundations.
They get the album going with one of their biggest tracks and one that gave them the chance to break away into the mainstream with material that has them moving the general Electronica sound towards something that fits in with the styles that were prominent in the contemporary Drum & Bass scene and they achieved it effectively (although the synth at the breakdown wasn't really that impressive).
I saw this one as an improvement on the last for the fact that it took things further down towards where the Drum & bas world was at during this time and it doesn't seem just as keen to give it the chance to fit in with the expectations of others (who don't really need to be catered for). You get some chill-out stuff mixed in with some weighty kickdrums for pretty big tune that I can't really see any issues with whatsoever.
4. "Fasten Your Seatbelts"
Here you get a collaboration piece with The Freestylers for a pretty strong tune. I found that although I did enjoy it, the Breakbeats are lost here sand so they go for some more conventional Electronica with this one. However you found that there is an interesting integration of the Drum & bass elements through things that were made particularly important as Jungle immerged alongside it.
5. "Through The Loop"
Sampling snippets from 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' you see that here you get a raw jam that has them appealing to popular things that you tend to get in a lot of Drum & bass material time, but with such a popular reference used to assist, it makes it even more impactful as they come in with one of the heaviest breakdowns on the whole of the release to show that they can compete.
6. "Sounds Of Life"
The heavy beats appear to come through on this one too, although this is another that finds them attempting to break away from the typical musical directions a little as they get Jasmine Yee of Halogen to come and provide some vocals over the thing to give it a mellow mood as they lay down another standard break. It is rather uneventful and can be ignored quite easily as it is nothing more than average.
7. "Girl In The Fire"
This is a track that really I doubt I would have liked had it not got the type of exposure that Pendulum are able to receive as you find that here you get a track that uses more of the hardcore Drum & bass stuff mixed in with the kind of off-putting synth that doesn't really sit too well in the Drum & bass world (and was phased out in the UK especially for its connotations to styles which don't fit in as well with it. However after a while it all falls into place here.
Had this track not been overplayed, this would be the best on the album and completely out-do any other recording that they've done before (and are likely to do again based on the sound of their second album). Here they appeal to the Junglists and go right in with this remix to the track of the same name and essentially rip it. There's no a single things wrong with this track, although it should have stayed in the underground for its power to be truly felt (as its heavy play has hurt it massively).
9. "Out Here"
You find that they come off the last one and into this one with an apparent rethink of where they wish to take the album as they bring out a tune that has them moving back towards the freedom of Electronica (which can be taken anywhere musically) and do very well with this funky jam that completely took me by surprise and showed me just how far they can twist expectations to come up with the goods. It is infectious and you are bound to enjoy it for all it offers.
10. "Hold Your Colour"
This is a very distinctive track on the album and one that I felt like a good choice to represent the album by (as its titular joint) and you find that in it you get a track that may not be the best on the album, but is one that has them bringing something that appears to round-up all the sorts of things that you get here with a fly little mix-up of what has made up the most impressive side of this debut release.
11. "The Terminal"
I felt as though a lift came as this one powered through and you find that you get a jam that has them pulling out the most impactful stuff that they seem to have been holding back a little on elsewhere on the release. It really does the business here as you see that they built it all up gradually, as any good Drum & bass track should and they take you into their world to make the breakdown that little bit more satisfying.
This track pulls things down again as you see that after showing the act coming up to their highest standards, you see that they go into one side of Drum & bass that they clearly haven't been able to master yet as they go for a chill-out track and do it in a strange way with extra trips in the breaks to prevent it from actually having its relaxing qualities come through. I felt as though it was a wasted track, but I can see why they tried.
13. "Another Planet"
They somehow pull it back for this one as they do more of the spacey stuff, and get us away from the kind of stuff that seems far too predictable and uneventful. In doing so they get another chance to display their abilities at creating a full and complete atmosphere to base their music around in order to make for one that makes you feel as though everything is right and you can connect with it in every way.
14. "Still Grey"
The album ends with a calming track, and so seems like the perfect musical direction to go with as they bring their debut to a close, however I can't say that I really feel this end of Drum & bass that much, never mind when these do it and so I can't say that I really that bothered once I knew where they were taking it, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy it by the end as it was a very satisfying track to end on.
Although I could see clear weaknesses in this, for a commercial Drum & Bass album it is a reasonably strong one and one that gives you the chance to feel a pretty wide spectrum of what the genre can offer, although missing out on the darker end that I feel makes for the best results.
This is a must have album for anyone that loves drum and bass.Filled with jump up beats and synth's plus the occassional jungle breaks its something you can either sit and listen to at home or dance the night away at a club.Putting on the CD, your blasted away with the well known tunes such as slam, fasten your seatbelt, tarantula, hold your colour and blood sugar. Most of the album makes you want to jump up and bust out some shapes along with tunes like girl in the fire, with its relaxing guitar riff's, its easily one of the best songs on the album. They've since brought out a new album which has brought their fan count even higher but as they have now become a 'band' they have lost some of the brilliance that came with this album. My personal view is to spend £5 on this album rather then the new one.You wont be dissappointed.
Pendulum are a Drum and Bass act from Australia, and this is their debut Album 'Hold Your Colour'. This album is drum and bass for people who aren't normally into drum and bass.
I received this CD as a Christmas present for Christmas 2007 and I still listen to it to this day. Pendulum are great producers and know what they are doing - EVERY song is a hit (which you can't say about their new album 'In Silico').
For all you techies out there, listen out for the side-chain compression used in their songs, it's almost masterful!
Not only is this a technical marvel, with catchy rhythms and great mixing, but some of them are truly beautiful songs - it's just a journey from start to finish, and it's a journey you will want to go on.
If you like Drum and Bass anyway, get it - If you don't, give it a listen and you might suprise yourself!
Pendulum are a drum and bass band that originated in Australia. Hold Your Colour is the first album that the band have produced. The band are now producing there music in the UK as the music scene is bigger over here. However the band aren't that well known and this album has barely been noticed so far.
Although the band isn't that well known in the mainstream pop music industry plenty of indie labels have noticed them and rightly so as they are an excellent band and there music shows that.
For a first album 'Hold Your Colour' is really good stuff and though it won't appeal to everyone many people who i've shown this album too have been impressed with it even though they are not drum and bass fans.
The album consists of 14 tracks and was originally released in 2005 before being slightly changed and re released in 2007. The 2007 version is the one I have.
A lot of the music contains punchy basslines underneath an electronica beat. All the tracks are excellently mixed and each one feels different and new. There is influences from all over the place on this album from all different genres such as dance, reggae, hip-hop, rock and pop music.
I really like this album, each song lasts about 5-6 minutes and this is quite long but a lot of the tracks gradually builds up from the beginning into something a lot louder. This is an album you can relax to or really dance to, I know that sounds odd but its true as each song has peaks and trofs, some get faster then slow down and then build back up again and it is a really impressive sounding album.
My Favourite Tracks:
Sounds Of Life
Hold Your Colour
As you can see out of 14 I have 8 favourites which really shows how good this album is as I couldn't leave any of them out due to them all being very good tracks
One of things I think you could do is play the whole album at a party and everyone would be happy as you can dance to any of the songs and there all loud enough and fastest enough and different enough to be enjoyed by a variety of people.
Two of the songs have also featured on other things apart from the album. 'Slam' featured on the game 'Motorstorm' on the PS3 and 'Tarantula' featured on 'Channel 4' show 'Skins'
Overall an excellent album and I would say have a listen to it first before you buy it, I would have to say you've probably never heard anything like it. A great introduction to drum & bass.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Plastic World - Pendulum & Fats/TC
4 Fasten Your Seatbelt - Pendulum & Freestylers
5 Through The Loop
6 Sounds Of Life - Pendulum & Jasmin Lee
7 Girl In The Fire
8 Tarantula - Pendulum & Fresh/Spyda/Tenor Fly
9 Out Here
10 Hold Your Colour
13 Blood Sugar
14 Axle Grinde