UN­DER­WORLD

BEAUCOUP FISH

Q (UK) - - Q Review Reissues - RU­PERT HOWE

UMC, OUT 25 AU­GUST Dance ti­tans’ post-Trainspot­ting come­down ex­panded.

By 1999 Un­der­world were poised to be­come techno su­per­stars, but this fol­low-up to Sec­ond Tough­est In The In­fants was rather muted – even the ridicu­lous ti­tle seemed de­signed to put peo­ple off. It didn’t work, mind – the al­bum be­came their big­gest seller. They still boasted for­mi­da­ble propul­sive en­ergy, no­tably on the epic Shud­der/King Of Snake, which finds front­man Karl Hyde in full “dog man” flow. Sadly, the LP’s sec­ond half is a bit of a mess. It’s an is­sue even this Su­per Deluxe pack­age, which con­tains four discs of al­ter­nate takes and remixes, can’t rec­tify.

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