Never, Never, Land

~ Release group by UNKLE

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Never, Never, Land (Special Edition) CD 12 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited), Mo Wax 986 554-3, MWU 001CD 602498655436
Never, Never, Land CD + DVD-Video 13 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Mo Wax 986 555-0, MWU001CDX
Never, Never, Land CD 11 Universal Music Canada 0249865544 602498655443
Never, Never, Land CD 12 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited), Mo Wax 986 554-4, MWU 001CDZ 602498655443
Never, Never, Land 3×12" Vinyl 4 + 4 + 3 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited), Mo Wax 986 554-8, MWU 001LP 602498655481
Never, Never, Land (Original NYC Master Version) CD 13 Global Underground GUUNK001CD 828272140121
Never, Never, Land 2×CD 13 + 9 GU Music GUUNK001CDX 828272140138

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Eye for an Eye
In a State
Reign
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000711325 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/14521 [info]
Wikidata: Q11790820 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Never, Never, Land [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3b3n [info]

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Four years on since Unkle's debut Psyence Fiction, music industry stalwart James Lavelle is back with a new album that promises much and delivers more. With his Mo' Wax label currently in hiatus, the timing for Unkle's return couldn't be better, generating some much needed interest in a scene that's drifted from the underground into the mainstream and then back into the shadows in consecutive years.

Richard File (vocalist, and one time drum 'n' bass aficionado) and songwriter Ant Genn, with Lavelle, now make up the trio. The set opens with the Norman Whitfield/Undisputed Truth-sampling "Eye For An Eye" (a recent UK hit) - the song's animated video recently winning the prestigious McLaren Award for animation at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

"Be There" gave the group their first top ten hit in 1999. It featured the adroit Ian Brown, who again joins the group for the symphonic odyssey, "Reign" - a beautifully constructed soundscape that also features Mani on bass; trivia fans note it's the first time the two have worked together since the hedonistic days of the Stone Roses.

Lavelle's pulling-power also attracts the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Brian Eno on the ethereal electronica of "I Need Something Stronger". Massive Attack's 3D contributes the dark and moody topline on "Invasion", while Queens Of The Stone Age front-man, Josh Homme, features on the stark, yet explosive "Safe In Mind" - surely a single contender.

Never, Never, Land confesses File, is "a clash of high and low emotions", none more so on the beautifully rich "In A State", with Cocker's soothing acoustic strumming working perfectly in unison with Graham Gouldman (of 10cc fame) unearthly vocal. Sasha liked the record so much that in a rare studio sortie he's turned it into an essential club item.

With titles like "Panic Attack", "Invasion", "Safe In Mind" and "What Are You To Me?", it could be argued that Never, Never, Land is drenched in paranoia. It is. So what? Like Radiohead's Kid A it is also rich in metaphors, kaleidoscopic beats, lush cinematic soundscapes and sonic textures that are worthy of your attention.