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Beatbox

Glass Candy Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Italians Do It Better
  • ASIN: B007WV5NHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Italians Do It Better are killing it right now with the releases, and this one is no exception. "Beatbox" features 9 icy smooth disco-pop tracks from the power duo of Glass Candy (Johnny Jewel is on production duty lacing the retro-future synth driven beats up proper while Ida No serves up the sexy smooth vox like no other). If you liked their stuff on "After Dark" or picked up the Miss Broadway 12" you pretty much need to get this one too. Checkout their fantastic cover of the Kraftwerk classic "Computer Love," sweet and funky soul on "Rolling Down Hills," modern italo action on "Digital Versicolor," and the future-pop gems "Etheric Device" and "Beatific." Excellente! Recommended for sure.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Retro 'Electro-Disco-Punk Sound' ! ! ! February 11, 2008
Format:MP3 Music
It's a nice and twisted mix of Punk-Electro-Disco-80's mood... So refreshing.
"Beat Box" it collects versions of tracks that the duo have been working on for the past year. (You can hear slightly different takes on "Rolling Down the Hills" and "Computer Love"-Kraftwerk's Cover- on the After Dark compilation.) Here, the group's electronic sound emerges fully formed: "Beatific" lumbers along on a farting basslines.
B/E/A/T/B/O/X finds them stripped down to Jewel's synths and drum machines and Ida No's diffident double-tracked vocals. Where the Chromatics sound like the first few seconds after leaving a club shortly before dawn four to the floor disco drums thumping in the background as the dawn air turns sweat cold, Glass Candy are a daytime proposition, hotter and bouncier. The album even opens with a skit set during an aerobics class.
The first proper track `Beatific' keeps thick slabs of bass afloat on waves of sibilant hi-hat that crash around Ida's vocals and simple pianohouse chords that fulfill the songs title. `Candy Castle' marries sublimely unconvincing mock-triumphal synthesized horn fanfares (as great as early Swizz Beatz productions) to joyous whoops. This is music made for nudging the volume dial ever higher. `Rolling Down the Hills' sounds like just that cruising in a car whilst ribbons of east coast hip-hop keyboard stream behind. 909 drums clomp under vocals that sound simultaneously wistful and celebratory. `Digital Versicolor' takes us out by jacking the arpeggio-synth sound from early `80s banned in the UK video nasty classic Shogun Assassin ("This is violence, this is violence," chants Ida) and stretching it into a melancholy synth jam.
Although less indebted to classic disco sounds than his other projects, this is Jewel's best work for the dancefloor, and for off it. Glass Candy takes their music further than most Italo-disco revivalists, investing it with purpose and character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Girl's so Lovely.... May 29, 2009
By Chloe
Format:MP3 Music
Wow! I love this album. I first heard "Beatific" on the Chanel 08-09 runway and could not get enough of the song. I checked out the rest of the songs, and was not disappointed. This music reminds me of Blondie's. You can hear all of the Disco, New Wave, and Post-Punk sounds mixed into the songs. At first I actually thought these songs were from the 80s, but to my surprise this was made in 2007.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply moving!! April 25, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
Let's just say she's got great style and admiring mixes of 70-80's funk.
I can't wait to see this girl perform live.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not groundbreaking, but certainly a lot of fun! March 13, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
If The Chromatics are perfect for a rainy night drive in Miami, then Glass Candy is perfect for a day cruise in sunny California. Unfortunately, what really holds this set back is that fact that a substantial portion of it already exists on the After Dark compilation, in arguably better mixes. Otherwise, you get a good chunk of sweet pop and sexy disco in a pretty neatly-wrapped package. The music is fun and upbeat. The lyrics can be dumb, and the spoken monologues are often cringe-worthy, but the music is so fun that you'll forgive a lot of it's flaws. Start with The Chromatics, and if they interest you, then give these guys a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! December 11, 2012
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If you like to dance, buy this!! Beat Box has a plethora of bangin traxx to jive with your soulllll
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