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  • Personnel includes: Delia (vocals); Philippe Nadaud (flute).
  • Personnel: Delia (vocals); Philippe Nadaud (bongos).
  • Audio Mixers: Laurent Collat; Laurent Garnier.
  • Recording information: Wake Up Lab Around Paris; Wake Up Lab, Paris, France.
  • Illustrator: Seb Jarnot.
  • More complex and idiosyncratic than his previous full-length works (and much less danceable as a consequence), Unreasonable Behaviour focuses on midtempo jams in the verge between evocative techno, electro-jazz, and even melancholy synth-pop. If 1997's 30 was his Chicago album, this one is definitely the Detroit installment, from the Motor City shoutouts at the end of the excellent "Communications from the Lab" to the future-imperfect electro track "Greed (Part 1+2)." Still, most of these tracks come closer to updated jazz-fusion than techno, with highlights like "City Sphere," "The Sound of the Big Babou," and "Forgotten Thoughts" driven by fuzzy, distorted melodies with dreamy synthesizer lines over the top and an emphasis on live(-sounding) drumming. He'd surely think twice before plugging any of these tracks into one of his DJ sets, but Unreasonable Behaviour is a solid fusion of jazz and techno. ~ John Bush
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/12/00, p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A dark techno melange that wriggles free of categorization....sounding like the music you might hear just as your car reaches the edge of the cliff..."

Entertainment Weekly (10/20/00, pp.78-9) - "...Unleashes acoustic bass, free-jazzy horns, and assorted birds in a rugged soundscape....skull-exploding dance tracks..." - Rating: B

Q (11/00, p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Awe-inspiring sonic foreworks..."

Uncut (3/00, p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He's taking his sound further, deeper, constructing a twisted, buckling, metal machine music....Quite a ride..."

Alternative Press (12/00, p.86) - 4 out of 5 - "...He experiments with an analog palette...drawing heavily on the Moogy wonderland of '70s electronica....expending as much on engaging the listener's mind as they do on moving the body..."

CMJ (1/08/01, p.32) - Included in CMJ's "Best RPM Albums" of 2000.

CMJ (10/16/00, p.40) - "...A meticulously-crafted and cohesive album full of exuberant highs, mesmerizing lows and a succulent, soulful ambience..."
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