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Behind the Sun

4.7 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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For some, outfits like producer Nick Bracegirdle's Chicane are not easy to swallow. Isolating the more jubilant properties of trance, the beat is a light bounce, levitating above club-dance brainlessness, sounding like a house music hybrid meant for sparkling sunshine instead of dark and sweaty warehouses. They exist in an idealized, pseudo-enlightened fairy tale filled with bright colors and youthful beauty. But that's not the problem. What rankles purists and picky fans is the audacity with which these "techno" artists go after the unconverted common folk, dragging electronic music out of its druggy, "in-crowd" pretensions. Bracegirdle and contemporaries like Olive, Sneaker Pimps, and BT (the last, most noticeably on his Movement in Still Life) are waging a turf war on the boundaries between techno and pop music, each using different tactics and borrowing from different sources. Chicane throws out an especially cutting salvo in the battle here, and it's a doozy. None other than Bryan Adams lends his raspy tenor to the subtle grooves and euphoric dreaminess of "Don't Give Up." It's one thing for Liam Gallagher to lend his pipes to a Chemical Brothers track, or for BT to tap Tori Amos for the ubiquitous club hit "Blue Skies," but Bryan Adams? Is this heresy? Or an ingenious use of vocal color that yields an incredibly hummable dance anthem? Maybe it's best not to analyze What It All Means. Just sit back and enjoy the summery grooves, trusting these ongoing musical inspirations to become whatever they need to be. --Matthew Cooke
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004UARG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Behind The Sun' will open your eyes and possibly your heart. As an avid listener who takes his music seriously and without admonishment, I was lucky to have came upon this particular album which made my inside flourish with delight as each track played.
'Behind The Sun' begins with "Overture," a relaxing introduction of what is to come, with an epic feel, including cinematic strings, deep bass lines and ocean waters crashing, blending into "Low Sun," continuing the vibe with lower key piano melodies, bongo drums, flutes, and a warm atmosphere, placing you in the environment of a comfortable, relaxing crowd at the sunset beachside, calm waters rolling.
A downtempo track, "No Ordinary Morning," is nothing short of a beautiful melody, vocals provided by Tracy Ackerman, accentuating such a beautiful flourish of artistic resplendence. It leaves you mesmerized as time passes us by, our foolishness of not noting its splendor and leaving us to wish that we could, indeed, turn back time.
"Saltwater (Original Mix)" births as a progressive trance/house anthem featuring the soothing vocals of Maire Brennan. Also included in this mix is an adaptation of the song "The Theme From Harry's Game" taken from the Clannad album "Magical Ring." This eloquent song is mixed brilliantly by Nick Bracgirdle (AKA Chicane). "Saltwater (Original Mix)" put myself in a wonder of the world progressing and our striving efforts to keep up. The cheering at the end explains it perfectly.
'Behind The Sun' takes a more powerful measure to its perfection as "Halcyon" is introduced. Powerful, deep beats with trance elements. "Halcyon" easily stands out as the best uptempo track of the album.
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Most of the music in my CD collection is moody, introspective stuff: Depeche Mode, The Cure, Tori Amos, and Tool, to name a few. I'm not generally an upbeat person. But Chicane manages to make, I daresay, "happy" music that is downright irresistible to even an antisocial quasi-goth like myself. I'm just a bit more fond of Far From the Maddening Crowds, Chicane's earlier and harder to find album, but Behind the Sun is also a very nice, relaxing CD.
Nick Bracegirdle has a habit of opening his CDs with ambient tracks that remind the listener of Enigma or The Orb. "Overture" does a nice job of introducing the ears to the CD and prepares us for the mellow trance experience. It leads in well to "Low Sun," a great tune for starting a trip. And as with FFTMC, track four really stands out and refuses to be forgotten: "Saltwater." It's hard to stand still while listening to this song... it makes you want to get up and do something, go somewhere, whatever you want to do. I've heard it used on TV ads for tourism in Ireland, and it totally fits the whole idea of travel and far-flung undiscovered places. The Thrillseekers Remix, also on this CD, is a slower, more ambient interpretation of the song -- equally good but different.
Other excellent tracks here include "Halcyon" and "Autumn Tactics," which I had heard before and enjoyed but had not realized it was Chicane. "Overlap" and "Andromeda" make nice closers for this album -- they should be together at the end instead of the retread of "Don't Give Up," which is pretty cool, all things considered, but we don't really need the same club song twice on one album. My only other misgiving is the tinny drum loop on "No Ordinary Morning.
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A Kid's Review on August 2, 2004
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The DVD contained in this package utilizes the PAL video format. So, you'll be unable to view it on your television unless it can decode a PAL signal. One way to get around this problem is through the use of your computer's DVD drive and a free Windows program named, "DVD Shrink." I was able to successfully view the videos on my computer using DVD Shrink version 3.1.
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I initially discovered Chicane while doing a search for different versions of Orbital's song Halcyon+on+on. This CD contains a song named Halcyon, though it has no relation to Orbital's classic.
Chicane, actually a one-man operation of composer / mixer / DJ Nick Bracegirdle, specializes in the atmospherics found in the best of modern electronica without the lack of melody common with many IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) composers.
In this release, Chicane manages to pull off one of the most confounding tasks facing electronica composers: the smooth integration of vocals. Far too often mixing vocals and electronica falls to the far ends of the bell curve, it's either very good, i.e. Alison Goldfrapp's work with Orbital, or it's very bad, i.e. any dance / rap release with the lyrics "Yo, check it!".
"Behind the Sun" manages a wonderful mix of instrumentals, "Overlap", "Andromeda", and the aforementioned "Halcyon", with lyric filled songs such as the haunting "No Ordinary Morning", "Autumn Tactics", and "Don't Give Up" with vocals from Bryan Adams... Yes, THAT Bryan Adams... but don't worry, it's a beautiful song and the vocals are a real departure from Mr. Adams normal ballad slinging which actually adds wonderfully to the piece.
If you like William Orbit, older Future Sound of London, and Orbital, odds are that you'll enjoy Chicane's "Behind the Sun" as much as I do.
Finally, and in some cases most importantly, there's not a bad song on the entire CD, so you'll be getting good bang for your buck!
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