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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000065JZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Morcheeba ~ Big Calm


Blame Tricky and Portishead. They started this whole Bristol sound thing, with sleepy techno beats overshadowed by the chirrupy vocals of some slumberland chanteuse. And--just when you think the approach has lost all its steam, all its relevance--along comes a new outfit to make the music a few degrees sleepier, the singing a tad more dreamy. And singers don't come any dreamier than Skye Edwards, whose lissome trill infuses every track on this sophomore outing with a tranquil ennui. You don't jump around to Morcheeba numbers like "The Sea." You sit back and let them creep up on you, as steady as the tides. --Tom Lanham

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Can't go wrong when buying this, get it now!!!!!!!!
Great grooves, very listenable, good for cleaning the house, partying, driving, whatever.
Rich Grace
Skye Edwards voice with the background music and the lyrics is a dynamic combination.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Voodooandroid on October 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Hi! I bought this CD on the strength of the reviews given for it. This piece impressed me very much. Basically, I only write reviews for CD's that floor me, and this one does that. The music is very strong, it's an exciting blend of the best sounds in music from guitars, strings, scratching, mixing, good bass, and more..all anchored by the sweet and versatile vocals of Skye Edwards(she will no doubt draw comparisons to Macy Gray, even though Skye is so much more skilled in this humble reviewers opinion.) "The Sea" is an amazing, atmospheric track with amazing vocals, violins, strings, and a cool guitar part. Great lyrics, great everything. Everything just meshes so beautifully to create a phenomenal song. "Blindfold" is just a beautiful track that is one of those songs that you thank god for. Again, great vocals, soaring strings, and an unforgettable chorus. My personal favourite track on this record is "Over and Over". This track demonstrates Skyes vocal prowess the best(in my eyes) It's a somber track which makes you actually feel. Skye is just so beautiful on this one. The strings, as always, are fitting. The acoustic guitar is beautifully sparse and hauntingly effective. The words....nothing short of astonishing: "I'd like to meet a mad man who makes it all seem sane". "Fear and Love" is another track that just bleeds honesty and creativity. The instrumental tracks are jazzy, trip-hoppy, and just plain listenable. This is a very listenable record. I can do anything to this record. It's good date music, I could listen to it cleaning my apartment, I could just curl up on a cold or rainy evening and pop this in, light a cigarette and everything is fine. I read the other reviews about that aspect and I totally agree. Buy this record.Read more ›
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Emily Gould on January 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Morcheeba is my favorite band, with good reason. Their first album, Who Can You Trust?, enchanted me with bass. Big Calm is very soothing, very smooth and cool. There is not a song that I don't like. My favorite songs on this album are The Sea, Blindfold, Friction and Big Calm. The Sea is very good to listen to in the dark. It's an excellent companion for a cup of tea. It's very soothing. There's something about Skye's voice... Blindfold kind of draws you in and doesn't let you go. It's almost bewitching. Friction shows that Morcheeba doesn't always have to be slow. It lets you groove. Big Calm is a very cool song because it starts out slow and grooving, then it gets loud and grooving, adding reggae/rap qualities. It always gets me moving. Add a guitar and you have the melange of musical styles that is characteristic of this group. I definitely reccommed this group to anyone who likes to groove. Big Calm is more for those who like a little slower, more psychedelic style. If you like a little more bass, go for Who Can You Trust?. At any rate, check Morcheeba out!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tim Peterson on February 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I started to listen to "The Big Calm" on a rainy night about a month ago. It has not left my CD player. It is an extremely intelligent piece of musical art. I highly recommend it. Go buy it... Now!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nick on January 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am a big trip hop fan, and fans of both Portishead and Morcheeba. Why compare? Just because they are both popular artists of a little-known to the mainstream genre, it doesnt mean we need to compare them. Dummy by Portishead is one of the best and most enjoyable yet dreary records ever in my opinion. Their stylings are so different though. Morcheeba in this case lives up to the title of the album, "Big Calm" on this album. Its relaxing, euphoric, poppy, and dreamy. It is alot more mainstream and pop, and sounds alot more polished than that of Dummy. Dummy sticks to the original formula of trip hop, experimenting with lots of synthesizers and other instruments while this one experiments alot of other things as well. Although both are very relaxing and downtempo, and both can be used to relax to, Dummy is a little more dreary and sad, and this one is more happy and hopeful. They both have their share of great beats (on Dummy, best example is track 3- STRANGERS) and on Big Calm, some of the most upbeat songs come on tracks 4-6. After a quiet beginning, you hardly even notice it, but the beats get alot heavier and funkier. But why compare these two trip hop artists? They are 2 of the best trip hop bands, and they both have their different styles. While Portishead may have a little more depth to their music, Morcheeba sounds like they put alot more layers and trinkets into their music to make it interesting. I highly reccomend both albums to any electronic fan. Hope this helped!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on January 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've always enjoyed Morcheeba's take on the trip-hop genre that exploded in the mid-90's--they took the heavy beats, sampling and psychedelic sonic texture and added a pop sensibility and stylistic diversity (owing as much to Pink Floyd as it does to hip-hop) that was absent in much of Massive Attack's and Portishead's iconic, avant garde trip-hop. Big Calm remains one of my favorite trip-hop records and is one of the most enduring examples of a record that holds up well both musically and lyrically, and is equally good for active listening as well as setting a mood as background music.

Skye Edwards' vocals make up a large part of the album's trademark ethereal, spacey sound. She deftly handles the tailor-made vocal lines in a style that's at the same time creamy, soaring, dark and sexy, while at the same time idiosyncratic enough to set her apart and make her recognizable amongst the numerous other female trip-hop vocalists. She's also a talented lyricist, working with Paul (I think) Godfrey to provide trippy but accessible lyrics about love, human interaction, and impressionistic scene-painting that's as interesting to listen to as the music.

Not only does Big Calm utilize the characteristic trip-hop elements, it also brings in a melange of other influences, from reggae, funk, blues, country, and classic pop. Each track is a carefully-composed work that's equally focused on groove, hooks, and the use of unique, different instruments to make each song sound different from the others.

Some highlights include "The Sea," a perfect blend of funk, moody lyrics and acoustic textures, the rocking "Blindfold," and the grandiose instrumental, "Bullet Proof.
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