- Released: August 26, 1997
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
- 1.House on Fire
- 2.Eat Me
- 3.The Future's Overrated
- 4.So Little Time
- 5.Block Capital
- 6.Born Yesterday, Pt. 1
- 7.Born Yesterday, Pt. 2
- 8.Peace of Mind
- 9.Direct Dubit
- 10.R U Ready
FRESH MEAT contains a hidden track after "R. U. Ready."
Arkarna: James Barnett (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards); Ollie Jacobs (vocals, keyboards, programming); Lalo Creme (guitar, bass); Sebastian Beresford (drums).
Recorded at Roll Over Studio, London, England.
Personnel: James Barnett (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Ollie Jacobs (vocals, keyboards, programming); Lalo Creme (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Ollie Jacobs; Paul Fishman.
Recording information: Roll Over Studio, London, England.
Arkarna is one of many post-techno rock bands that attempt to fuse techno with rock & roll, but instead of sounding anything like their contemporaries Prodigy, Radiohead, Chemical Brothers and DJ Shadow, they sound like descendants of Jesus Jones. There are hooks on the group's debut, Fresh Meat, but they are simple and repetitive, and the rhythm tracks lack complexity, while lead vocalist James Barnett's voice is almost annoyingly thin; the single "House on Fire" actually displays them at their worst instead of their best. A few cuts, such as "Eat Me," suggest that the group has the capability of making bright, melodic dance-pop, but there aren't enough similar moments to make Fresh Meat worthwhile. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine