Absence (Dälek album)

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Absence
Dälek - Absence.jpg
Studio album by Dälek
Released February 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)
Recorded Sweetwood Sound and The Mayan Ruins, December 2003–June 2004[1]
Genre Alternative hip hop, experimental hip hop, noise, ambient
Length 57:07
Label Ipecac
(IPC-056)
Producer MC Dälek, Oktopus, Still
Dälek chronology
From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
(2002)
Absence
(2005)
Abandoned Language
(2007)

Absence is the third album by alternative hip hop group Dälek, released by Ipecac Recordings in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by MC Dälek, Oktopus and Joshua Booth. 

No. Title Length
1. "Distorted Prose"   6:00
2. "Asylum (Permanent Underclass)"   5:48
3. "Culture for Dollars"   6:43
4. "Absence"   1:31
5. "A Beast Caged"   6:41
6. "Köner"   3:56
7. "In Midst of Struggle"   7:43
8. "Eyes to Form Shadows"   6:30
9. "Ever Somber"   4:49
10. "Opiate the Masses"   7:24
Total length:
57:07
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "3:46"   3:46
12. "Vague Recollections"   6:01

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[3]
Sputnikmusic (4.0/5)[4]
Stylus Magazine (B-)[5]

Treble magazine included the album in its list of '10 Essential Industrial Hip Hop Albums'.[6] Drowned in Sound magazine ranked the album at #53 on their "DiS is 6: Our 66" list, published in 2006 (which covers its favorite albums from the six years since its creation).[7] Italian underground music magazine OndaRock also rated the album the 26th best of the decade.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Dalek[1]
  • Dälek – lead vocals, writing and production
  • Oktopus – production and writing
  • Still – turntables, producer
Additional musicians[1]
  • Oddateee – additional vocals on "Culture for Dollars"
Other personnel[1]
  • Joshua Booth – writing and mixing
  • Will Brooks – engineering, mixing and layout design
  • Marco Burbano – "absence" tag
  • Jesse Cannon – mixing
  • Alan Douches – mastering
  • Hsi-Chang Lin – layout design
  • Alex Lyach – photography
  • Mike Mare – photography
  • Alan Momin – engineering and mixing
  • Scott Shields – layout design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Absence (CD). Dälek. Ipecac Recordings. 2005. IPC-056. 
  2. ^ Absence (Dälek album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media
  4. ^ Robertson, Alex (April 21, 2013). "Album Review - Dälek: Absence". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Stylus Magazine
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