Howie B

Turn the Dark Off

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Working with U2 on their 1997 Pop album gave Howie B. a better sense of what will keep listeners awake, and the improvement is obvious on his second solo album. Turn the Dark Off fits in with the crop of late-'90s big beat maestros, like the Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Bentley Rhythm Ace, and David Holmes; though it doesn't quite outdistance the pack (blame the lack of energy on some leftover atmospherics from Music for Babies), the album still contains enough of Howie B.'s studio tweaks to make it worthwhile, especially on the unfortunately titled "Buttmeat" and the single "Angels Go Bald Too."

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