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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.


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B0035UHJCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Aaron A. Rose on March 31, 2010
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. on August 9, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Mutt VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
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Black Sands is by far Simon's most cohesive album to date. There isn't a single track I feel like skipping, which is a huge difference between this and his previous album, Days to Come. While the latter album was impressive as hell (especially with a second CD of instrumentals and demos) I simply didn't enjoy the vocal collaborations.

I certainly don't feel the same way about the collaborative tracks on this album. Featuring Andreya Triana, they are not only better than previous Bonobo vocal cuts, they are the strongest tracks on the entire album. And if Simon made another CD with all-vocal tracks featuring Andreya Triana I would be there to buy it on its release date.*

If you're worried that Black Sands won't sound like other Bonobo albums, then you can rest assured that it most certainly won't. Bonobo is evolving, and every new album sounds vastly different as he adds more layers of instruments, more mood swings, and more intricacy to his sound. Those of us who love his older albums have to let him evolve and assume that he'll blow us away with something completely different, yet distinctly Bonobo-esque, with each new album.

In short, Black Sands definitely does not disappoint, and can be enjoyed by fans of his previous albums, fans of Andreya Triana's other works, or fans of lush, moody jazz tracks with awesome beats.

* After I wrote this review, I discovered that Andreya's upcoming album (Lost Where I Belong, I think) is produced by Simon Green AKA Bonobo. So looks like I'll get my wish, and I'll get it this year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katja on June 11, 2010
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Bonobo creates a groovy and lush soundscape as a foundation for this album. For someone who owns a meticulous ear, use a set of quality headphones to transport you to Bonobo's musical dimension full of texture and instrumental layers. For someone who has not yet listened to Greene's previous work, you may have a small advantage. Rather than generating juxtaposition, you may welcome this album with open arms.

Personal gems include:
Kiara, 1009, All in Forms

Favorite on Album:
All in Forms: Just love the grooviness!

I could definitely do without the last track, Black Sands.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Evan B on December 17, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on July 31, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller on April 16, 2010
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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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