Rhythm and Stealth

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Rhythm and Stealth
Rhythm And Stealth.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 September 1999 (1999-09-20)
GenreElectronica
Length55:23
LabelHard Hands, Higher Ground, Sony BMG
ProducerLeftfield, Nick Rapaccioli
Leftfield chronology
Leftism
(1995)
Rhythm and Stealth
(1999)
Stealth Remixes
(2000)
Alternative cover
Reissue edition (2000) cover
Reissue edition (2000) cover
Singles from Rhythm and Stealth
  1. "Afrika Shox"
    Released: 27 September 1999
  2. "Dusted"
    Released: 15 November 1999
  3. "Swords"
    Released: 10 July 2000

Rhythm and Stealth is the second studio album by Leftfield, released on 20 September 1999.[1] It reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.[2] It was nominated for the 2000 Mercury Music Prize.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press4/5[5]
Muzik5/5 stars[6]
NME6/10[7]
Pitchfork6.3/10[8]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]

Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone said, "The album's jumble of epic sounds is a blessing and a curse: Rhythm and Stealth never develops a sustained, full-on groove, but it makes for a mind-melding headphone adventure."[10] John Bush of AllMusic said, "Leftfield has moved on with a grace and mastery of production seldom seen in the dance world."[4]

NME named it the 24th best album of 1999.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Dusted"4:41
2."Phat Planet"5:24
3."Chant of a Poor Man"5:54
4."Double Flash"4:11
5."El Cid"6:02
6."Afrika Shox"5:37
7."Dub Gussett"4:51
8."Swords"5:07
9."6/8 War"4:13
10."Rino's Prayer"6:44
Australian edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Phat Planet (Version 2)"4:05
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Phat Planet (Alternate Mix)"4:05
Reissue edition (2000) bonus enhanced CD
No.TitleLength
1."Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix)"5:52
2."El Cid (I-Cube Simple Mix)"5:52
3."Rino's Prayer (Nick Rapaccioli Remix)"5:39
4."Chant of a Poor Man (Mighty Quark Remix)"5:24
5."Dub Gussett (Maas Remix)"6:33
6."El Cid (I-Cube Table Tennis Remix)"6:49
7."Double Flash (Headstarter Remix)"6:11
Reissue edition (2000) bonus enhanced CD video
No.TitleLength
8."Afrika Shox"4:52
9."Dusted"4:43

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Neil Barnes – production
  • Paul Daley – production
  • Nick Rapaccioli – production (6, 7)
  • Roots Manuva – vocals (1)
  • Cheshire Cat – vocals (3)
  • Afrika Bambaataa – vocals (6)
  • Nicole Willis – vocals (8)
  • Rino – vocals (10)
  • Jono Gallagher – tape operation
  • Nick Baxter – tape operation
  • Ady Stockwell – tape operation
  • Adam Wren – engineering
  • Paul Solomons – mastering
  • Blue Source – art direction
  • Toby McFarlan Pond – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[14] 38
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 33
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[17] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[19] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 36
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paoletta, Michael (14 August 1999). "Leftfield Digs Deep With Hard Hands' 'Rhythm'". Billboard: 26.
  2. ^ "All The Number 1 Albums". Official Charts Company. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Ashcroft and Coldplay nominated for Mercury Music Prize". The Guardian. 25 July 2000. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Bush, John. "Rhythm and Stealth – Leftfield". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Alternative Press (136): 108. November 1999.
  6. ^ Bush, Calvin (October 1999). "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth (Hard Hands/Higher Ground)". Muzik (53): 96.
  7. ^ Crysell, Andy (16 September 1999). "Leftfield – Rhythm & Stealth". NME. Archived from the original on 18 June 2000. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  8. ^ Cooper, Paul (31 August 1999). "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Q (156): 98–99. September 1999.
  10. ^ a b Hendrickson, Matt (28 October 1999). "Leftfield: Rhythm and Stealth". Rolling Stone (824). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1999". NME. 10 October 2016. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Leftfield – Rhythm And Stealth". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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