Unkle
Never, Never Land

Island/Mo’ Wax
2003
B+
Reviewed by: Ian Mathers
Reviewed on: 2004-02-11



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Posted 02/11/2004 - 09:52:19 AM by hutlock:
 Nice job, Ian. To clear it all up even further back, UNKLE were in fact best long before PF, in my opinion, when they were putting out a series of absolutely KILLER singles on Mo Wax and Mr. Lavelle's musical collaborators included the still-underrated Tim Goldsworthy (now running the hippest label in town, DFA, and producing the Rapture and the like), and Japanese beat genius Kudo, both of whom were basically kicked to the curb by Lavelle in favor of Shadow. See if you can find those early singles and tell me they aren't even better than PF.
 
Posted 02/11/2004 - 12:58:31 PM by grinder:
 Hutlock is totally on the money. PF had about a 25% success rate, and was a severe disappointment to this UNKLE (and Shadow) fan. I haven't heard NNL, but I can't imagine it will make me forget those early singles, which should be reissued for the good of humankind.
 
Posted 02/11/2004 - 01:07:29 PM by IanMathers:
 I'd imagine they were better than PF - but I'd also imagine I would say they're better or worse than this album, because that'd be slightly akin to comparing apples to oranges, or even "Screamadelica" to "XTRMNTR". The two records are attempting very different things, and while NNL mostly succeeds, PF wasn't nearly as lucky. Wouldn't mind tracking down those singles, though...
 
Posted 02/11/2004 - 01:08:26 PM by IanMathers:
 (I'm not sure why my comment went in as the first one, but as you can tell from the timestamp, I'm responding to the two comments below it)
 
Posted 02/11/2004 - 06:06:21 PM by fraew001:
 i'm still a big big fan of the 'being there' shadow single.. the brown vocal is top notch and the production right up there with the best on endtroducing..
 
Posted 02/11/2004 - 06:41:18 PM by AUnterberger:
 I just wanted to go on record saying that I adore Psyence Fiction. In my mind, it's about as good as ...Entroducing or The Private Press.
 
Posted 11/23/2005 - 04:02:03 AM by gueststar:
 I signed up to post comments just so I could say that Psyence Fiction is brilliant. I can listen to this record twice a week and still extract earshots of complete originality. It ain't uneven. The styles are diverse, but all the songs are perfectly unified through a theme of paranoia and eternal fear. The production is peerless and there's never a point when I don't take the music seriously. A lot of the tracks represent true collaboration for me because no talent seems to take precedent or top billing over another. The distinct contributions can be heard in one song and not in time divided compartmentalizations. This is such a beautiful record and it even has its own fucking theme song. Tell me an album that has the passion or heart that this one does. They are few and far between. Enjoy Psyence Fiction and it's 100% rate of consciouness penetration. I'm not concerned with it's rate of success.