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Black Sands

BonoboAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album ‘The North Borders’ was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B0035UHJCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude
2. Kiara
3. Kong
4. Eyesdown
5. El Toro
6. We Could Forever
7. 1009
8. All in Forms
9. The Keeper
10. Stay the Same
11. Animals
12. Black Sands

Editorial Reviews

2010 release. Simon Green (AKA Bonobo) returns with his fourth and finest album, Black Sands. Losing none of his epic emotionalism, his control of texture and color and his subtlety, Black Sands sees Green making some of his most contemporary-sounding music to date.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's been said that it's hard to rely on artists to release what is essentially the same album over and over again, yet still maintain a sense of evolving direction and also a fresh set of ideas. This is why it's rather refreshing to hear Bonobo's newest effort "Black Sands" mix up the well-known directly instrumental approach with something more subdued and fluid.

Thankfully, Bonobo's trademark downtempo sound is still here, as are his well-crafted jazzy, almost Brazilian-esque lounge-ified melodies. Songs such as "Animals" and "El Toro" reflect the more upbeat rhythms as were heard in songs like "Pick Up", off "Dial M for Monkey"; yet there is a strikingly distinct other side to the album right from the get-go in the form of the decidedly modern instrumental hip-hop affair that is "Kiara". It is advised, should any person familiar with Bonobo's previous works hearing this track for the first time, to try and reserve passing judgment on the album solely based off of this song alone. One could even go as far as to say that if someone were to hear this, it would be easy to mistake it for another artist altogether. On the other hand, the return of vocalist Andreya Triana is a pleasant addition to this record, as her sultry, butter-smooth tone finds itself to be a perfect companion to the soothing compositions herein.

On the (slight) downside, there aren't as many direct standout tracks on this CD that will hit the listener upon first listen, such was the case for this reviewer with "Terrapin" and "Dinosaurs" off the album "Animal Magic". "Black Sands" definitely demands a bit more attentiveness should the listener wish to find that certain something that will resonate infinitely within themselves, calling them back to that first, shining moment on a repeatedly consecutive basis.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible August 9, 2010
By B.
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Having never heard a single Bonobo song, I bought this album on a whim and was blown away. Headphones are a must to hear all the intricate subtleties. There is no filler in this album. From start to finish, each song is masterfully woven together. As for the style, I believe the album cover serves as a perfect metaphor. If you like the samples of the songs, even slightly, buy the album. You won't be disappointed. As for me, I'm Bonobo's newest fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD December 17, 2010
By Evan B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard this cd on National Public Radio a few weeks ago and was blown away by the fusion of classical and electronic sounds. I feel this new age sound is up and coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonobo's best yet April 16, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe there are not more reviews on what I consider one of the best albums of the year. Yes this album is slightly different than previous ones; it is a touch more jazzy and melodic, and features a vocalist (Andreya Triana) on 3 tracks. It has great melodies, sweet beats, and fantastic instrumentalists that provide quality solos. This is a flat out great CD that doesn't require any tracks to be skipped and I can't stop playing it.
Congrats to multi talented Simon Green for a masterpiece and thank you for your musical contributions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Jazz? Downtempo? Awesome! November 12, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
I'm not sure exactly how you classify this music, and maybe that is what makes it great. You can easily get lost in this album, it is aurally stunning. Two standout tracks are "All In Forms" and "Kiara".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another home run. October 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I put the cd in my stereo...and from the first note, the first tone...I cannot stop I am transfixed until the last drop ceases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and thought provoking August 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am an avid Bonobo and Ninja Tune fan. The range and depth of Bonobo is apparent from the first moments if the prelude to this album. I highly recommend purchasing the cd and not a compressed mp3 or other inferior format because you will miss out on the dynamic range and subtleties of this work. It reads like a concept album and flows seamlessly from one track to the next. It is a study, a meditation, a dream, a montage and a landscape. The vocals are smooth and lovely. The composition is smart, patient and sonically interesting. It is a refreshing and even emotionally stirring work. I will continue to follow Bonobo, a real ambassador for the mighty Ninja Tune label.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence July 31, 2012
By Jordan
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible. Every song is a beautiful interplay of high, mid, and low frequencies with very warming sound. Though the tone might not be upbeat, I think that's what makes this album so good. The tracks with vocals definitely enhance the overall sound. This album is a masterpiece.

Favorite track: Stay the Same
Every sound, word, and frequency is perfectly balanced. Make sure you have some decent speakers/subwoofer or headphones.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic dense trip-hop
I have listened to this album for a few years, and it has become a "classic" in my mind. From the opening track (Prelude), I have had hours of fun exploring this crisp... Read more
Published 7 days ago by James D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonobo ‎– Black Sands
From the Chinese strings that kick off "Prelude," you know you're in for something special with Bonobo's BLACK SANDS. Read more
Published 7 days ago by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing to add to what has been said...but
this is an incredible work of art! just lush and grooving and downtempo, so even at it's most hectic, it's not tiring, lol. very melodic, wonderful. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jared Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as usual for Bonobo.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a true must own
this album is a true work of art
do yourself a favor
Published 1 month ago by in Iowa
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 1 month ago by R. C. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is easily my favorite album by Bonobo. The album has a good flow, all the tracks fit, and there's nothing that I skip past. Well worth it.
Published 2 months ago by Ahasverus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
I found Bonobo thanks to Pandora and Spotify. I listened to a few of the tracks and then figured it was worth buying the whole album.
Published 3 months ago by Gabie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Bonobo grooves as only Bonobo grooves! The title song is my favorite, and I loved it from the first listen in 2010.
Published 4 months ago by Cecelia J. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars It'c a CD, kinda hard to mess that up.
Love the artist, wanted to contribute. CD was just as described. New in shrinkwrap. Kinda odd how they seem to all come in these sleeves now instead of a hard-plastic one that I'm... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jackson Duke
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