If U.K. acid house and drum and bass pioneer Gerald Simpson (a.k.a. A Guy Called Gerald) was in top shape on 1995's Black Secret Technology
, then To All Things What They Need
finds him soft in the middle. At best, To All Things What They Need
has the distinct sound of a former pioneer who's more than a little nostalgic -- the few Carl Craig-inspired, thumping techno throwbacks at the disc's end are its highlights. Elsewhere, Simpson favors a brooding, ultimately tired ambiance, suffocating his oft-broken beats with sustained keyboards thick as clouds. The silver lining is guest Ursula Rucker, whose spoken-word rhythms on "Millennium Sanhedrin" prove sharper than Simpson's programming as she verbally rails against the mediocrity he rarely avoids.