William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Upstairs (2 stars)

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William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Upstairs

(Kobalt Digital)

DANCE

The man best known as the studio button-pushing monkey for Madonna’s Ray of Light album has apparently given up production duties of late to concentrate on his own muse. On this evidence, it’s a big mistake, because Orbit is not an inspired songwriter at all and his cheesy sequenced beats and samples schtick seems stuck in 1998, giving this latest solo outing a horribly dated feel. Half this record sounds like dreadful instrumental outtakes from Ray of Light, lacking charisma, charm, invention or any kind of sonic depth.

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