Delivering one of the ubiquitous songs of the 90's with Born Slippy, Underworld subsequently found themselves lauded as one of the nations favourite dance acts and part of the "Cool Britannia" scene. The outfit's subsequent rapid ascendancy to fame belied the length of time founding head-honchos Karl Hyde and Rick Smith had spent as a creative pairing; their musical roots can be traced back as far as 1981, leading to the first inception of Underworld in 1987. Latest single Beautiful Burnout is the second track to be released from recent album Oblivion with Bells, and is their first since 2002's A Hundred Days Off.
Maintaining a darkly intense undercurrent throughout, Beautiful Burnout is pretty much classic Underworld; shimmering synths and pretty splashes of keys provide occasional respite from the bleakness, but the eerie pulsing of the bass doesn't relent. Hyde's vocals are heavily treated in effects, so much so that at times they are barely resemble a murmur but the bitter sadness underpinning the vocal melody is the most striking feature of the song.
A clever concoction of dark-yet-danceable trance with a healthy dose of angst, Beautiful Burnout isn't a huge departure from the Underworld of yore, but hits the standards that we've come to expect from the outfit.