That moment when it’s time to leave an amusement park is exactly how I felt when Untrue came to an end. The thrill of each track is as gripping as ever, containing those ghostly-chopped samples we’re all used to hear from any Burial fan. The scope of production at first listen may come out nominal at times, but plays out conspicuously nonetheless. Untrue is an unsung hero of 2007, and dubstep just got a little more interesting.
The self-titled Burial in 2006 garnered a significant amount of acclaim from its core listeners with addition to critics. A year later, Burial welcomed Untrue upon the world of EDM and immediately became a cult classic, period! From the get-go, its creepy, crackling introduction within “[untitled]” sets the scene and lasts throughout the whole record. Exemplifying raw talent by characterising each track is second-to-none.
“Archangel” is the first proper track on the album and straightaway prevails. Requiring components from Ray J to Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Burial somehow constructs these fragments to complete a mad scientist’s jigsaw puzzle. The distinctive two-step drum pattern is used incredibly well, resulting in Burial’s most signature track to date. The excitement of knowing 11 more tracks follow “Archangel” is stimulating to say the least. Untrue has a vast array of climatic moments. However, that’s not discrediting the impact “Archangel” leaves.
“Ghost Hardware” contains a cut from Christina Aguilera’s iconic song “Beautiful”. Implementing her vocals made it sound overwhelming and exposes a little freedom within the track. The titles of some tracks may seem out of place when the likes of “In McDonalds” commence. I still think to myself about what inspired Burial to come up with such names. I guess that’s the hidden message in Untrue, none of this comes across as reality.
Moving towards the second half of the album, the track “Untrue” is well-cushioned, showing off a highly noteworthy two-step master class. Whether in space or deep in the ocean, Burial creates an aura to sooth the listeners taste. With that being said, “Shell of Light” is a perfect example of how far Burial plans to outstrip his own potentials. The second half of this track is euphoria at its purest.
Untrue takes a new dynamic immediately when “Dog Shelter” is simply just an experience to sustain as oppose to showcasing music of any sort. Just as you believed Burial had the main intention to revert back to dubstep in “Homeless”, the vibe returns to its bleakest on a track titled “UK”. The purpose of the track remains unknown, but after enduring all one hundred of its seconds, I was not only fascinated, but stunned by how random, yet challenging, Untrue is.
Their ability to create a nostalgic sound feels effortless at times. “Raver” celebrates all of his traits and attributes simultaneously by creating one of the most epic album outros I’ve heard in a long time. If you cut the cross section of Untrue, all you’d get is a conventional two-step record, though, integrating samples which turn most tracks human is hugely advantageous.
Burial’s in his own lane and for years to come will remain a sole representative of what it takes to reach new heights within dubstep and EDM. The ambiguity of his persona has had a huge impact on crafting music the world is not ready for. Untrue is arguably one of the most underrated releases, and dubstep has never sounded so daring, yet pure. Fully engaging tracks such as “Archangel” and signature highpoints on “Raver” open doors to what is next for the genre. Sampling has evolved so much over the years and Untrue once again proves how influential music has become.