Burial (Burial album)

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Studio album by Burial
Released 15 May 2006
Recorded 2001-2006[1]
Genre 2-step garage, ambient, dubstep, UK garage
Length 51:24
Label Hyperdub
Burial chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Stylus Magazine B+[6]

Burial is the debut album by the dubstep producer Burial. It was released in 2006 on Kode9's Hyperdub records to critical acclaim, including being named "Album of the Year" by The Wire magazine.[7] It was also named the 25th best album of the decade by Resident Advisor,[8] who called it "a revolutionary record in the way that it influenced dubstep sounds and reinvented 2-step for an entirely different generation". The album artwork is by Burial,[9] and includes an aerial view of South London around the area of Wandsworth Prison and the intersection of Trinity Road and Windmill Road.

According to journalist Derek Walmsley, "a melancholy tinge runs through the album, but the constant interplay of tension and calm, and of alienation and intimacy, offers the possibility of salvation around the next corner.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks but track 5 composed by William Bevan.[11]

  1. "Untitled"
  2. "Distant Lights"
  3. "Spaceape" (Bevan, Stephen Gordon) feat. Spaceape
  4. "Wounder"
  5. "Night Bus"
  6. "Southern Comfort"
  7. "U Hurt Me"
    • Contains a sample from "Hunger", from the Black Hawk Down soundtrack (2002).
    • Contains a vocal sample from "Foolish" by Ashanti.
  8. "Gutted"
  9. "Forgive"
    • Contains a sample from "An Ending (Ascent)" by Brian Eno.
  10. "Broken Home"
    • Contains a sample from "Dry Cry" by Sizzla.
  11. "Prayer"
    • Contains a drum loop sample from "Sometimes I Cry" by Les McCann
  12. "Pirates"
  13. "Untitled"
Preceded by
Lost and Safe by The Books
The Wire's Record of the Year
Succeeded by
Comicopera by Robert Wyatt


  1. ^ Burial (CD Back Cover Liner Notes). Burial. London, UK: Hyperdub. 2006. HDBCD001. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  6. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  7. ^ The Wire #275 (January 2007) page 36.
  8. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ Blackdown: 03/2006 - 04/2006
  10. ^ Derek Walmsley, "Dubstep", The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music, ed. Rob Young, London: Verso, 2009, p. 92.
  11. ^ BMI.com Repertoire Search entry on artist "Burial". repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved February 1, 2008.

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