By Laurent Garnier
The new album from French techno star Laurent Garnier, 'Public Outburst', is based around a series of live shows and sessions recorded during a six month period with friends Bugge Wesseltoft, Philippe Nadaud and Benjamin Rippert.
Be warned... anyone expecting a similar treat to Laurent Garnier's majestic 'Unreasonable Behaviour' might be left a little disappointed. Public Outburst is a collection of sketchy and sometimes disjointed experimental material which is more likely to appease fans of avant-garde jazz and electronica.
Highpoints include the eight minute workout 'Butterfly' which doesn't really get going until the mid-way point, but when the moment does arrive it displays tints of the monstrous Garnier classic 'The Sound Of The Big Babou'. Other delights include the hyperactive drum n' bass beats, rap and sax combos in both 'Bass' and 'First Reactions', and the splendid slow-burning 'Barbiturk Blues' is a fitting album closer.
Whilst some moments do seem a tad sketchy, it's worth remembering that this record was (for the most part) recorded in a live setting. Add that thought to the ideas that really shine through here and you could argue that Laurent Garnier and friends have just about come up trumps.