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Animal Magic

BonoboAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B00004VWWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Kota
3. Sleepy Seven
4. Terrapin
5. Dinosaurs
6. The Plug
7. Gypsy
8. Shadowtricks
9. Sugar Rhyme
10. Silver

Editorial Reviews

Another fantastic Chill Out record to file along side your Bent, Dusted & Groove Armada records. Getting heaps of praise in the UK dance magazine's. 10 tracks in all including the 12 inch only singles, 'Terrapin' & 'The Plug'. Essential late night listening. 2000 release.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingredients of Inspiration on this downtempo disc May 12, 2002
By R Diaz
Format:Audio CD
There's a paper waiting to happen that discusses why everyone with a computer, some string samples and a half-speed beat thinks they can make quality downtempo music. Just look at the sheer volume of modern lounge material released monthly, repackaged ten different ways with all the hot nametags. Much of it has craftsmanship, but how much has inspiration?
That's the noticeable ingredient on Simon Green (Bonobo's) slow motion debut Animal Magic. Within the rich textures of each track, and the earnest instrumentation - chimes and Asian cooing on "Sleepy Seven", sitar, keyboard twinkles and back-looped voices of "Terrrapin" the idea and the hook are clearly felt.
Highly lauded "Kota" has already been a huge hit, the guitar plucks, swooning strings, and present bass thump woven into heartfelt song. "The Plug" slowly winds in muted horns, (again) stylized strings, and a slice of old soul that somehow Moby missed. Near the end, Green even opens it up a bit, closing with some cranked up drum programming and jazz showmanship.
It's a cohesive album with an appreciably diverse field of sounds within. Not quite a five star wonder, perhaps, but as the work of one man? Superb. Next time you have the itch for a Now That's What I Call Chill factory comp, what say you give an artist album a try instead?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasty, Noirish Blend of Beats and Jazz October 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
For better or worse, the Internet has made it easy to satisfy a jones. No matter how exotic one's taste is, a couple of clicks will have your yen bubble-wrapped at your door. Unfortunately for me, my jones for Amon Tobin was satisfied too quickly. I needed more. With the release of the "4 Ton Mantis" single I got more. (Excuse me? Just what does Amon Tobin have to do with Bonobo? Just a moment. I'm getting there.) The "4 Ton Mantis" single featured a very tasty remix by Bonobo, a remix that triggered the jones. After too many search engines coughed up pages listing scientific papers on Australian pygmy monkeys (that's what a bonobo is), I bought the CD sound unheard, and now I have a new monkey on my back.
The Amon Tobin vibe is definitely there, especially on "Dinosaurs," "Shadowtricks," and "Sugar Rhyme." Both artists groove hard and share a fondness for muted horns (I think they may even share samples of muted horns) that make for fine nocturnal listenings. Mr. Tobin even gets a thanks in the liner notes. But where Amon Tobin is all about beats, Bonobo has a keen ear for melody and a lighter touch programming drum and percussion tracks, making him a little easier to listen to. Still, it's a fine line and I can see time adding layers of rhythmic complexity to Bonobo's compositions. In any case, if you jones for a tasty, noirish blend of beats and jazz, "Animal Magic" is a fine fix.
Addendum: The "Album Details" makes reference to "Some Sitar." "Some" is a recurring bit on a single track ("Terrapin"). I suppose it qualifies, but if you're looking for a heavy Indian influence, look elsewhere.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous dub from a new ninja December 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bonobo, a new signing to the magnificent Ninja Tune label (those underground cats who can do no wrong), will surely please those who know proper records don't sell 10 million copies and aren't found at the Virgin megastore.
I will keep this short and sweet, as not much really needs to be said about "Animal Magic", other than it's flat out beautiful, soulful music, quite mellow and damn near impossible to throw into any one genre- which is what makes a good record.. the downfall of the whole music industry and all it's cookie-cutter bands/groups is that they all try to stay within one genre, so that the record can be easily and neatly placed in the proper section at your local K-Mart. Back to the matter at hand...
"Animal Magic" would probably be found in your "trip-hop" section of the record store, as most of the songs are beat driven, though blues, soul, and a touch of jazz play a part as well. If you're familiar with the brilliant Amon Tobin, you'll probably find much of this record similar to Amon's down-tempo work, though Bonobo's music is sweeter, gentler, not quite as devious as the sinister Amon's. I realize that this review doesn't give you any idea of what the record actually sounds like, so sample some of the tunes and hear for yourself- if you dig slow, lush, genre bending lounge music, you're in for a treat. WARNING: Trance dancing candy ravers- this album is boring, and you're better off sticking to your one-dimensional cheese beats. Go get the new Paul Oakenfold disc. This album probably has a bit too much substance for your Ecstacy-riddled minds to bear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR ALL YOU CHILL-HEADS!!! September 13, 2004
By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
Bonobo is one of those artists who typically shows up on chill-out compilation sets--maybe a little too often--but the man does indeed put the C in Chill-out. From beginning to end Bonobo's very ambitious debut, Animal Magic, is a wave of druggy downtempo tracks reminiscent of work from a more laid back Amon Tobin. That's no wonder since Bonobo mentions him in his liner notes as well as has remixed a song or two of his. Songs like the haunting "Sleepy Seven", the enchanting "Shadowtricks", the the Tobin-esque "Kota", and the melanchonic "Terrapin" are all stand-out tracks that showcase Bonobo's talents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this and black sands are just awesome
this album is awesome, very chilled out, more tropical than black sands. I think I like this album a little more, the mood is just so cool. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jared Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Bonobo is one of my current favorite musicians for downtempo style music. I own pretty much all of his alums and would recommend them to anyone who likes this kind of music.
Published 3 months ago by R. C. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mood Music
Great trip hoppy mood music for just maxin and relaxin. I listen to it when I just want to clear my head with something jazzy.
Published 5 months ago by Tommy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill, Relaxing Music In the Perfect Style
I love turntablism, downtempo, sampling and DJ type music. With Animal Magic, Bonobo creates soundscapes, musical pieces of art wrapped up in each track. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out all the Bonobo albums!
Found this record as a random find through one of my Pandora radio station. The song I hear was so engaging that I had to check out the rest of the tracks! Read more
Published 13 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE BONOBO
Just saw him in concert after much await....this is ones of his great compilations. I am a huge fan and there are so many great tracks on this CD. Read more
Published 17 months ago by NP
4.0 out of 5 stars "Animal Magic" takes you to another place in the world- tropical,...
"An essential exercise in crafting jazzy mellow beats and rhythmic patterns that the masters of our time like Kruder & Dorfmeister, Tosca, and Thievery Corporation have done but... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Down Tempo Perfection.
I am so glad Bonobo came up in my Amazon recommendations. I love every record by them and actually use Animal Magic as my soundtrack for my massage office. Read more
Published 23 months ago by marriediimuzik
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonobo - Animal Magic
Animal Magic, Bonobo's first album, is simply that: magic. From the opening strains of "Sleepy Seven" to "Silver," the entire album is filled with such a depth of emotion that you... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars You are now feeling very relaxed....
I really enjoy this CD - there are all kinds of different musical styles that are blended together well and flow into each other smoothly. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Dawn
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