Review Summary: UNKLE still isn't as good as they were on their debut, but manage to change up their sound and release a solid album.UNKLE are a group that really can’t keep a singular sound. This fact was showcased on their rather great 1998 debut, Psyence Fiction . Fiction had an almost mixtape feel to it, the tracks meshed together as an album but were all different from each other.
James Lavelle's UNKLE project has offered virtually everything to its fans and the listening public -- virtually everything, except for great music. UNKLE full-lengths seem primed to make a major impact on music and culture. They're packed with high concept, dense with thematic elements ripped from the headlines (especially the war in Iraq), and this time out, include an artwork-packed booklet (featuring Massive Attack's Robert del Naja, Ben Drury, and Will Bankhead).