Black Secret Technology

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Black Secret Technology
Black Secret Technology - A Guy Called Gerald.jpg
Studio album by A Guy Called Gerald
Released February 1995
Studio Machine Room Studio, England
Genre
Length 77:57
Label Juice Box[1]
Producer Gerald Simpson
A Guy Called Gerald chronology
28 Gun Bad Boy
(1992)28 Gun Bad Boy1992
Black Secret Technology
(1995)
Essence
(2000)Essence2000

Black Secret Technology is the fourth album by house music and drum and bass pioneer A Guy Called Gerald, first released in February 1995 to widespread critical acclaim. It has since been described as the best jungle album of all-time by Pitchfork Media and Freaky Trigger.

Release[edit]

In 1996, the album was repressed on CD and LP formats with new cover artwork and the bonus track "Hekkle and Koch" placed as the album's opener. In 2008, a remastered edition of the album was released, this time with the original 1995 cover art and the removal of both "Hekkle and Koch" and the unlisted hidden track "Touch Me".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 4/4 stars[1]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork 8.7/10[2]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[6]
Select 4/5[7]
XLR8R 9.5/10[8]

Since its release, Black Secret Technology has received widespread acclaim and has been described as a "candidate for "best jungle album ever", as Tim Finney of Pitchfork puts it.[2] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger also described it as the "best jungle album ever" and ranked "Finley's Rainbow" as the sixth best single of the 1990s.[9] In 2012, Fact magazine ranked it at number 4 on their list of "The 100 Best Albums of the 1990s."[10]

In a contemporary review, The Guardian gave the album a four out of four star rating, proclaiming that Simpson was "among the first of his peers to corral the acid sound on to a satisfying album. Here, we find him doing precisely for jungle what he helped do for that earlier form. Anyone who's been wondering what all the fuss was about should hear this just to learn what jungle can be in the right hands – enthralling."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "So Many Dreams" 6:45
2. "Alita's Dream" 5:00
3. "Finley's Rainbow" (Slow Motion Mix) 5:30
4. "The Nile" 4:14
5. "Energy" (Extended Mix) 6:12
6. "Silent Cry" 5:42
7. "Dreaming of You" 6:12
8. "Survival" 5:44
9. "Cybergen" 4:32
10. "The Reno" 5:18
11. "Cyberjazz" 4:52
12. "Voodoo Rage" 6:02
13. "Life Unfolds His Mystery" 5:21
14. "Touch Me" (unlisted track, not included on 2008 reissue) 6:33
Total length: 77:57

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Andy (17 March 1995). "A Guy Called Gerald: Black Secret Technology (Juice Box)". The Guardian. pp. A12–A14. ISSN 0261-3077. 
  2. ^ a b c Finney, Tim (13 January 2009). "A Guy Called Gerald: Black Secret Technology". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Black Secret Technology – A Guy Called Gerald". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Guy Called Gerald". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-972636-1. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Angela. "A Guy Called Gerald – Black Secret Technology". NME. Archived from the original on 12 October 2000. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Needs, Kris (December 2008). "A Guy Called Gerald – Black Secret Technology". Record Collector (356). Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Harrison, Ian (February 1997). "A Guy Called Gerald: Black Secret Technology". Select (80): 91. 
  8. ^ Lopez, Luciana (17 October 2008). "A Guy Called Gerald: Black Secret Technology". XLR8R. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Ewing, Tom (13 December 1999). "6. A GUY CALLED GERALD – "Finley's Rainbow"". FreakyTrigger. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1990s". Fact. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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