Underworld: _beta 12.12.2018

Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

  • Release date: 18 Mar 16
  • Format: CD, Album, LP, Box set
  • Record Label: Caroline International ltd.
  • Cat. no: UWR00065

Listen on:

It’s no overstatement to say that ‘Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future’ was something of a creative rebirth for Underworld. The bands’ seventh studio album – Rick Smith and Karl Hyde’s first together since 2010’s ‘Barking’ – is the sound of a band revitalised.

From the Elysian swoop of ‘Low Burn’, to the blissed out hymn-like cascade of ‘Nylon Strung’, via ‘If Rah’s’ psycho-technological lupine howl, it’s the sound of a musical partnership of three decades plus, standing, embracing a new recording process. In doing so, Smith and Hyde explored all the inherent freedoms that process brings with the wide-eyed wonder of a band just starting out.

Underworld reborn then. Forwards, into that shining future.