Aging British electro duo Underworld - who blew everyone's mind with Born Slippy .NUXX back in 1996 - are still at it and now on album eight. This time Karl Hyde and Rick Smith team up with a revolving cast of dance producers (Appleblim, Al Tourettes, High Contrast), hoping one of the many approaches to rock-meets-techno will again produce a bankable hit.
Surprise! That doesn't happen. Instead, lead singles Scribble and Always Loved A Film come off as trying-too-hard, obvious grasps at anthem-making. Scribble's marketing-jingle-inspired hook bores into your skull, while the rest is popified Squarepusher reimagined for male strip clubs. Somewhat better is the dubstep-inspired Hamburg Hotel, mercifully more Modeselektor than Pet Shop Boys.
Top track: Hamburg Hotel