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Classic Album Review: Laurent Garnier | Unreasonable Behaviour

The Parisian platespinner proves to be as adept at making music as he is at mixing it.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Countless DJs know how to spin other artists’ sounds into new creations — but too many go by the numbers when it comes to their own albums.

Thankfully, Laurent Garnier isn’t one of those une-deux-trois cats. Although renowned as one of the premiere house DJs in the world, on his third full-length CD Unreasonable Behaviour, the Parisian platespinner shows he’s as adept at making music as he is at mixing it. Starting with a base of darkly funky techno beatboxes, Garnier layers on everything but the studio sink: sinister sci-fi strings, random blips and beeps, post-industrial grit and dirt, symphonic string samples, synthesized vocals, jazzy sax lines. The results are as contradictory as you might expect — screeching yet mellow, futuristic yet nostalgic, head-noddingly groovy yet intelligent, subtle yet challenging. Seems reasonable to me.