Faithless are reasserting both their dance floor credentials and position as one of...
Andy Puleston 2002-11-20
More upbeat in both tempo and emotion Outrospective is the natural response to last year's melancholy Sunday 8pm with Faithless reasserting their dance floor credentials and position as one of the UK's premiere acts.
"We Come 1" and its remixes successfully put Faithless back in the clubs but as a single release is a little suspect. Like "Insomnia", this is the traditional, floor-filling epic and although it does the business it sells the rest of the album short. It is those tracks that are a little more considered, such as Maxi Jazz's soulful testament to his childhood hero "Muhammad Ali" and Zoe Johnston's sublime "Crazy English Summer", that will give this album a shelf life. In the wake of a meteoric year, the return of Dido (Rollo's sister) is both predictable and welcome: her soaring vocals teamed with intuitive production on "One Step Too Far" put Faithless on a mountain top. With such strong material in the can their live show beckons and those who are faithless will surely be converted. Wonderful.