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Studio album by Orbital
Released 23 August 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Electronica, ambient techno, IDM
Length 75:04
Label FFRR
Producer Paul and Phil Hartnoll
Orbital chronology
In Sides
(1996)In Sides1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Select4/5 medals[2]
Melody Maker(Very favourable) [3]
Almost Cool8.5/10 stars [4]

Snivilisation is the third album and the first named album by Orbital. It was released in 1994. The album reached #4 and spent 4 weeks in the UK albums chart in 1994. By April 1996 it had sold 80,000 copies in the UK.[5].


The band released the album at the time of the launch of the Criminal Justice Act, the legislation that gave British Police greater legal powers to break up unlicensed raves that gave Orbital its name. The Are We Here? single featured the track "Are We Here? (Criminal Justice Bill?)", four minutes of complete silence.

"Philosophy By Numbers" samples Sidney Stratton chemistry experiment from the film The Man in the White Suit.

"Are We Here?" samples a part of "Man At C&A" by The Specials. Track's vocals by Alison Goldfrapp, as on "Sad But True". "Are We Here?" is also on Work 1989-2002.

The album was included in Q magazine's "The 25 Best Dance Albums Ever" in October 1997.[6] It also made Q's end-of-year top 10 best albums list in 1994.[7] It is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listing[edit]

2."I Wish I Had Duck Feet"4:05
3."Sad But True" (featuring Alison Goldfrapp)7:49
4."Crash and Carry"4:43
5."Science Friction"5:03
6."Philosophy by Numbers"6:39
7."Kein Trink Wasser"9:24
8."Quality Seconds"1:25
9."Are We Here?" (featuring Alison Goldfrapp)15:33


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Orbital: Snivilisation" at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ Maconie, Stuart (August 1994). "Snivilisation". Select. EMAP Metro. ISSN 0959-8367. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Bennun, David (6 August 1994). "Snivilisation". Melody Maker. IPC Specialist & Professional Press. ISSN 0025-9012. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Orbit: Snivilisation". Almost Cool Music Reviews. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Orbital: Moving into the Mainstream". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media. 20 April 1996. p. 21. 
  6. ^ "The 25 Best Dance Albums Ever". Q. EMAP Metro. October 1997. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Recodings of the Year: Top 10". Q. EMAP Metro. 1994. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 

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