Paul Hartnoll (3 stars)

The Ideal Condition

(ACP Recordings)


For those wondering what Paul Hartnoll has been up to since Orbital split in 2004, he has been hard at it in his Brighton studio, figuring out how to produce something far removed from his past output: ‘It just took time to discover what that was.’ And after lending your ears to this ill-titled selection, the only conclusion to reach is that he has discovered how much he wants to be Craig Armstrong or Michael Nyman. The horribly Romeo and Juliet-esque openers ‘Haven’t We Met Before’ and ‘For Silence’ set the tone for a perfectly pleasant but effectively pointless exercise.

(Brian Donaldson)

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