Junk Science, by the Washington, D.C. duo Deep Dish, was praised by many as one of 1998's best dance albums, and it's easy to understand why. Band members Ali Sirazinia and Sharam Tayebi prove to be masters of the dancefloor, composing tracks that contain many variations in style, as well as unpredictable sonic surprises. Instead of sticking to one dance style as many of today's artists do, Deep Dish incorporate such far-reaching sounds as jazz horns ("Chocolate City [Love Songs])," progressive house ("Sushi"), classic Depeche Mode ("My Only Sin"), and Middle Eastern ("Persepolis"). Also included is a cameo by Everything But the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn on "The Future of the Future (Stay Gold)" and Deep Dish's 1997 dance smash "Stranded." The band made a conscious effort to move forward musically and look to the future on Junk Science, and they've succeeded with a consistent album that's heavy on wonderful sonic experiments.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato