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Faithless are among the few club acts who have enjoyed sustained commercial success with singles and albums, but then it’s no mere coincidence that they’ve valued introspective and outward-looking songwriting as much as dancefloor appeal, and have remained curious and progressive in their approach to production, mixing trip-hop, house, trance, dub, and even drum’n’bass.”
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They got off to a fast start with “Salva Mea,” “Insomnia,” and “Reverence,” a trio of consecutive singles that hit the U.K. Top Ten across 1996 and 1997. This paved the way for four additional Top Ten hits, an impressive run of albums including Sunday 8PM (1998), Outrospective (2001), and No Roots (2004), and their crowning achievement, the quadruple-platinum anthology Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits (2005). They’ve since released To All New Arrivals (2006) and their fourth Top Ten studio album The Dance (2010), announced their breakup, and have made a couple returns, including one at the dawn of the 2020s, All Blessed (2020).
In 2005, Pendulum made their full-length album debut, Hold Your Colour, featuring the singles “Tarantula” and “Slam.” That same year, the group scored its biggest hit to date with a remix of the Prodigy classic “Voodoo People,” which broke into the Top 20 of the U.K. singles chart. All of this success in 2005 culminated with an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 that arrived late in the year. Following a couple one-off singles — “Painkiller” (2006; featuring the Freestylers) and “Blood Sugar” (2007) — Pendulum signed to Warner Music U.K. and made their major-label debut with 2007’s “Granite,” a Top 30 hit. “Propane Nightmares” (2008), their second release on Warner, was an even bigger hit, breaking into the Top 20 and setting the stage for their second full-length album, In Silico (2008).
Spawning four singles, including the U.K. Top Ten hit “Propane Nightmares,” In Silico went on to reach platinum status in the U.K., as well as just missing out on the U.K. number one album chart spot. Returning to the studio, Pendulum set about writing their third album, Immersion. Released in 2010, the album shot straight to the top of the U.K. albums chart, and featured collaborations with the Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, and Swedish metallers In Flames. In support of the album, Pendulum embarked on a world tour, playing two sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Arena and headline slots at some of the U.K.’s largest festivals. At the end of 2011, Pendulum took a break from live performing, with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen focusing their energy on their side project, Knife Party. In 2018, Pendulum returned from a seven-year hiatus, launching their own label, Earstorm. A career-spanning vinyl box set, The Complete Works, was released along with their first remix album, The Reworks, which saw the group’s greatest-hits and personal favorite tracks reworked by a selection of some of the biggest names in drum’n’bass and beyond, including Skrillex, Moby, and even prog-metal maestro Devin Townsend. Andy Kellman ~allmusic.com
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