Wide Angle is the debut studio album by Welsh breakbeat group Hybrid. It was released to critical acclaim, described by The Times as "one of the most moving pieces of electronic music ever". The album was re-released in 2000 as a double-CD edition entitled Wider Angle.

Wide Angle
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Studio album by
Released13 September 1999
Recorded1996-99
Length76:23
LabelDistinct'ive Records
ProducerHybrid
Hybrid chronology
Wide Angle
(1999)
Morning Sci-Fi
(2003)
Singles from Wide Angle
  1. "Finished Symphony"
    Released: 28 June 1999
  2. "If I Survive"
    Released: 12 August 1999
Singles from Wider Angle
  1. "Kid 2000"
    Released: 8 August 2000
Alternate cover
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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Rolling Stone[2]
Slant Magazine[3]

BackgroundEdit

The core Hybrid duo of Mike Truman and Chris Healings cooperated with Lee Mullin to create the dance music backbone of the album, with a mix of progressive breakbeat, techno, trance and house. However, they were joined by a wide array of musical personnel for this expansive, symphonic album. Orchestral parts were performed by the Russian Federal Orchestra, conducted by Sacha Puttnam, who was also responsible for the orchestral arrangements. Julee Cruise, best known for the theme of Twin Peaks, supplied vocals on several songs, and Soon E MC added French rapping to "Sinequanon".

In 2000, the album was re-released as a double CD package, labelled Wider Angle. The second CD, titled Live Angle, featured a live set with Alex Madge on drums and Jamie Griffiths on turntables, and several singles, including "Kid 2000" with Chrissie Hynde.

Track listingEdit

UK versionEdit

CD1: Wide Angle
No.TitleLength
1."Opening Credits"1:20
2."If I Survive" (with Julee Cruise)8:41
3."I Know" (with Julee Cruise)8:31
4."Beachcoma"6:29
5."Dreaming Your Dreams" (with Julee Cruise)7:12
6."Snyper"6:19
7."Theme from Wide Angle"6:28
8."Sinequanon" (with Soon E MC)7:18
9."High Life" (with Julee Cruise)7:22
10."Fatal Beating" (with Julee Cruise)4:29
11."Finished Symphony"9:36
12."Altitude (Red Square Reprise)"2:30
Total length:76:23
CD2: Live Angle (Wider Angle bonus disc)
No.TitleLength
1."Kid 2000" (with Chrissie Hynde)11:27
2."Burnin"8:10
3."Snyper"8:17
4."Accelerator"7:12
5."High Life"8:41
6."Finished Symphony"11:32
7."Kill City" (Bonus Track)5:51
8."Altitude" (Bonus Track)6:28
9."Kid 2000*" (12" Original Mix) (with Chrissie Hynde)6:16

US versionEdit

The US version had 13 tracks and the tracks were mixed differently.

No.TitleLength
1."Opening Credits"1:20
2."If I Survive" (with Julee Cruise)8:41
3."I Know" (with Julee Cruise)8:31
4."Beachcoma"6:29
5."Dreaming Your Dreams" (with Julee Cruise)7:12
6."Snyper"6:19
7."Theme from Wide Angle"6:28
8."Sinequanon" (with Soon E MC)6:09
9."Kill City (Edit)"5:32
10."Altitude (Edit)"6:09
11."Finished Symphony"9:36
12."Altitude (Red Square Reprise)"2:38
13."Kid 2000" (Bonus Track)4:53

Usage in other mediaEdit

  • "Finished Symphony" was featured in the video games SSX and SSX Tricky.
  • "Finished Symphony" is also featured in one episode of Top Gear, though the version featured is both shorter and different. It was later released in Top Gear: the Ultimate Driving Experience. It's also featured on the "Finished Symphony" single as "Finished Symphony (Soundtrack Edit)".
  • "Finished Symphony" is featured on the video game Juiced.
  • "Finished Symphony" is really a remix of "Symphony", an old track produced by Hybrid before Wide Angle.
  • "Sinequanon" has been remixed and featured in the movie Catacombs.
  • "Accelerator", "Burnin'", "Snyper", and "Theme From Wide Angle" are featured in the PC version of the video game Lotus Challenge.
  • "Kill City" was used in a Dennis Kucinich ad.
  • Saab Automobile used a modified orchestral version of "If I Survive" in their 2008 Saab 9-3 TTID commercial.
  • "If I Survive" is featured in the 2001 PlayStation 2 futuristic racing game Kinetica.

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak position
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[4] 45

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wide Angle - Hybrid | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone (10/12/00, p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Whether barreling into the glazed stupor of a late-night party or propelling a more sophisticated gathering, Hybrid's creations are, happily, as shameless as they are serious."
  3. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (9 March 2001). "Review: Hybrid, Wider Angle: Special Edition". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Hybrid - Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 December 2017.