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11i

Supreme Beings Of LeisureAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000WPNKJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There may be no more aptly named band than Supreme Beings of Leisure. On this L.A. duo's third album, 11i, a musical aesthetic once called trip-hop reaches archetypal heights. Ramin Sakurai's loping, electro-orchestral production and Geri Soriano-Lightwood's breathy, clarion vocals tango with nary a misstep. Opener "The Light" sets the bar loftily. Despite how many others have lounged in these musical waters, it asserts, we do bass, beats, and luxuriant bombast better. Why? Take "Angelhead": Soriano-Lightwood sings a difficult but unmoving melody only "The Star-Spangled Banner" could love, but Surakai's lush instrumental wraps the vocal in a silken sheen that leaves the song sounding timeless--almost impossibly, it seems, but there it is. Skeptics may write SBL off as a 'Dead Can Dance for Dummies,' and lesser successes ("This World," "Oneness," "Lay Me Down") do tend too often toward romantic clichés and an forced cosmopolitan mojo that seems hell-bent for a future elevator. But when Sakurai emerges from his lagging tempi and turns up the volume, both musicians bloom. When, for example, the chorus of "Mirror" delivers its tectonic slab of drums and bass, this is a band bursting forth with its deluxe best yet. 11i is music for the leisure class, perhaps, but--as advertised--it doesn't get much better. --Jason Kirk

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Supreme Beings of Leisure return with their third album, 11i a darkly cinematic collection of enchanting, hypnotizing songs. Sultry rhythms and understated electronica complement the sophisticated songcraft behind their signature sound.

The album is a song cycle about daily life that begins with the sumptuous prelude of The Light and seamlessly evolves into the concluding drifting-into-dreams track, Lay Me Down. In between are standouts including the wistful and melodic This World, Mirror and Angelhead (feat. Lili Haydn).

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's chill-out music, pure and simple. February 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
With two releases under their belt, 2000s self-titled debut and 2002s sophomore effort Divine Operating System (D.O.S.), the Los Angeles duo delivers on their signature sound imbued with laid-back glamour, witty drama, seductive allure, and cinematic lushness.
The third release, after a five-year hiatus, maintains the band's previously established sultry, low key sound.
In doing so, they've produced 11 tracks that draw you into a world of swanky bars, minimalist design with ambient lighting and good-looking people sipping martinis.
"11i" sounds like a natural progression in that trajectory. As ever, the whispery, sensual vocals of Geri Soriano-Lightwood coo, croon, and playfully tease the listener while Ramin Sakurai's subtle, gently undulating beats and sparkling, atmospheric electronic textures provide the perfect framework.
On this album you will hear strings, Eastern instrumentation as well as plenty of tasteful ambience, blissed-out vocals and sleepy beats (not to mention a Toto-like guitar solo in "Oneness").
Unfortunately the low key seductive quality of the songs can be lost after listening to a few tracks, as they begin to blend in with each other. Fans of the genre will enjoy the album, however the casual listener should stick to a few tracks at a time.
"11i" is purportedly a concept album meant to document the various phases of time and feeling encountered over the course of a single day, but whether you pay attention to that theme or simply lie back and let the sounds envelop you, this is one big comfy chair of an album, something to sink into with hedonistic abandon.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas...they're back and sexy more than ever! February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bought IIi this morning and couldn't wait to pop it into the cd player. From start to finish, the album has their sexy and trademark sound, yet the songs are far less electronica based, meaning there are less dancy beats. The music is a little edgier and more ambient than before. My boyfriend and I rate it 5 stars, just because it's still so good, and worth the wait. Due to the slower-paced style, the album tends to drag on at times, longer than the previous two albums, although there are only 11 tracks. So far, there's only 1 version/edition of the CD, which is housed in a stunning digipak. The cover art is divine and stunning, featuring a charicature of Geri & Ramin. Very suave & sexy, just like they've always been...I must say. The duo definitely know how to sell themselves cleverly! :-)

The CD is simple (White background with red floral graphic). The booklet is 12 pages long, consisiting of only 4 photos (2 of Geri and 2 of Ramin, featuring closeups of their eyes on pages 2 and 3. Not too fancy and quite subtle, the packaging & design concept features a more abstract take. The booklet features full lyrics & liner notes. Regarding my opnion of the album itself, I think it's great, but it doesn't meet the standards of the previous albums. Track 11 ended too slow and the song just dragged on. I guess I feel this way because of the slow pace feel throughout the CD. Still loungy and sexy though, IIi will definitely grow on me. Most likely, my opinion above will not be the same after hearing the album 1 week later. But I know this album will be memorable as did the first two, for all SBOL fans. For now, my review reflects how I feel at the moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these guys and this album September 27, 2009
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If you are a SBL fan this album is a treat. If you are considering getting this album get the first album from 2000 "Supreme Beings of Leisure" and listen to that one. Then get this one and every other album of theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected March 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am very pleased with this purchase. I have the two previous albums, but was somewhat disappointed with the second one (I'd say 3.5/5). I hesitated before buying this last album, waited for some reviews. This album is great, just like the debut album. Sexy down tempo trip-hop. Exactly what I wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Supreme Beings of Leisure May 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am not into trip hop music as I once was several years ago. The genre itself became its own worst enemy when every trip hop act that came out sounded like a clone of Portishead or Massive Attack. The redundancy is what killed my passion for the genre for the last few years. After enjoying Goldfrapp's most recent album SEVENTH TREE, I decided to check out the new Supreme Beings of Leisure album 11i when I saw it at my library. I loved the group's first album when it first came out. By the time the group's second album came out, my interest in the genre waned and I had moved on. I did hear samples of their last album and was not impressed by what little I heard.

Almost immediately, 11i reminded me what made me love Supreme Beings of Leisure which is the combination of the seductive vocals of Geri Soriano-Lightwood and the lush programming provided by Ramin Sakurai. Ramin effortlessly weaves world music with modern dance beats, with Geri's vocals, the duo creates an album suitable for background music at a cocktail party or a pan-Asian restaurant. The album isn't totally laid back. There are songs that will make the listener want to get up and dance like the groovy uptempo track "Good". It is a nice change of pace from the slick, laid back trip hop grooves of the album which sometimes proves to be a detriment to the group's music. The more laid back trip hop songs tend to sound alike which drags the album down a bit but overall 11i is a solid effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10
It's amost 6 years, since I purchased this album. And it's still in my top 10 favorite albums. I really enjoyed their original self-titled album, but this one has definitely... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best complete albums ive ever heard
this is a great album...
Im not even a fan of SBL in general, i find their other releases sort of bland, but minus 1 or 2 tracks on this one, just every track on this album is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by cyber kid
4.0 out of 5 stars This CD met my expectations and then some!
This CD lived up to my expectations, and I always put it on when it is time to unwind and relax, I love all of the Supreme Beings LPs
Published 15 months ago by Paul Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is the third and without a doubt the best album by SBL. Why? because this is an album, a complete thought from the first track to the last, it is not a bunch of random songs... Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by C. Binder
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
This album is a must have for anyone who is a fan or Portishead, Gorrillas, or house music. You'll be hopelessly addicted.

-kieran
Published on April 12, 2009 by Kieran A. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic,Lush, Emotional..Supreme
I just received this cd yesterday. At first I was a little put off and found it a little boring the songs were'nt hooking me like the previous two cd's. Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Unquiet American
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Reviewing music is really somuch in the eye of the beholder, it's hard to really glean if you'll like someone with even similiar tastes as you. Read more
Published on August 26, 2008 by Brian Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless
Being a big fan of Supreme Beings of Leisure I regret that I waited so long to puchase this album. Its always nice to see an artists sound evole without losing the signature sound... Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by James Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time is a charm
Five years is a long time to wait for a new album from a favorite artist, and with that time comes higher expectations. Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by Jeffrey Putz
5.0 out of 5 stars Malt Whisky
Like a good classy malt SCOTCH whisky. You have to sip it, endure the initial taste which disturbs the palate and wait for the warmth and subtle tones to fill your sences. Read more
Published on March 22, 2008 by Mr. D. Russell
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