"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Age JANUARY 20, 2012 - by Andrew Drever
UNDERWORLD: A COLLECTION / THE ANTHOLOGY
British dance duo Underworld (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) were recently named music directors for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, an honour now being celebrated via two Underworld compilations. A Collection and The Anthology, however, are curious releases, a single-disc and three-CD reboot, respectively of their 2002 anthology 1992-2002. Their more recent music is underrepresented - it's not clear why they didn't simply document their past ten years. A Collection has edited versions of familiar '90s anthems (Born Slippery, Rez, Cowgirl) rubbing up against newer collaborations with Brian Eno (the electro-jazz of Beebop Hurry) and Mark Knight & D. Ramirez (the under-appreciated dance floor gem Downpipe). While The Anthology has an almost identical tracklist to the 2002 anthology, it features a much-needed bonus third disc of unreleased curios, vinyl-only singles and B-sides.