Album Review: No Sounds Are Out of Bounds by The Orb
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AllMusic - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Following two relatively streamlined releases for Kompakt (including 2016's COW / Chill Out, World!, the closest they've come to producing a purely ambient album), the Orb decided to make a more ambitious, diverse, collaboration-heavy album in the spirit of some of their earlier works. On 2018's No Sounds Are Out of Bounds, Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann are joined by past contributors Youth, Jah Wobble, Roger Eno, and Gaudi in addition to a host of newcomers.
After a pair of meandering techno-influenced ambient albums on Wolfgang Voigt's Kompakt label, Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann's latest entry in the mythic book of the Orb is a disparate collection of dubbed-up entries dually primed for open-air summer festivals and chillouts.
Harking back to the Orb's collab-heavy 1991 arrival The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, the 15th studio album bearing the handle incorporates a cast of various guests into the fold, and while a drifty sense of dubby groove pervades the album, it's a ….
The Orb's 15th album No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, released 27 years after their first, does not start as it means to go on. A bright, poppy synth meets dubstep-inspired bass for the misleadingly named opening track The End Of The End, sounding very unlike what we've become accustomed to from the ambient collective. However, halfway through the song takes a turn into more traditional dub, an influence that has permeated through their long discography and is present on many other tracks.