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Dreamworld: Essential

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1. Hell Is Around The Corner - Tricky
2. 2wicky - Hooverphonic
3. Protection - Massive Attack
4. The Sea - Morcheeba
5. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad - Moby
6. The Full Sentence - Pigeonhed
7. Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires - Cocteau Twins
8. You're Not Alone - Olive
9. Angel - Gavin Friday
10. This Love - Craig Armstrong
11. The Host Of Seraphim - Dead Can Dance
12. Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean - Sheila Chandra
13. All Of My Tears - Spiritualized
14. Sweet Child O' Mine - Luna
15. Sad & Beautiful World - Sparklehorse

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00004SWEN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matt O. on September 3, 2002
Though it does indeed seem to veer from the album's general mystic, ambient-electronica feel, the calm and repetitive Sparklehorse song "Sad and Beautiful World" captures the spirit of the album. Most of the songs consist of very depressing ideas, but capture them in some of the loveliest melodies put on an album. "Dreamworld: Essential Late Night Listening" scoops a handful of these types of songs and puts them together in this one compilation. Artists spanning the 90's supply the album's fifteen tracks, creating an album which, despite its diversity, has been widely overlooked in favor of other collections, like the copycat Ultra Chilled collections.
Our introduction to Dreamworld is inimitable, beginning with French DJ Tricky's 1995 trip-hop work. "Hell Is Around the Corner" is a slow constantly flowing rap, backgrounded with the echo of his voice, a female vocalist, and the sound of each scratch in his record, occasionally punctuated by a frighteningly melodious moan, supposedly of love rock legend Isaac Hayes. Belgian ambient pop band Hooverphonic keeps the pace with their signature song, "2 Wicky". Following it come songs from the three big "M"s of electronica: Massive Attack, Morcheeba, and Moby, and although none of these songs are their best, as one would expect from such veterans as these the songs fail to disappoint.
One of the real gems of the album is Pigeonhed's "The Full Sentence". Anyone who has heard their or Lo Fidelity All-Star's "Battleflag" knows that lead vocalist Shawn Smith can sing some dark, pulse-pounding lyrics. Here, he reverts to a lovely soprano voice which serves as the centerpiece to an extremely beautiful, yet creepy song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "kittykat121" on March 28, 2001
I'm a manager in a large music store chain and I hear a lot of music, but this is one of the best cd's I've heard in years. The slow, seductive beats of this album truly make it an 'essential' buy. This cd is constantly in my stereo no matter where I'm at or what I'm doing. I've convinced several of my friends to buy this cd plus some from the artists featured like Tricky, Moby and Morcheeba since I've had it. This is a great cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RobS on January 24, 2011
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My intentions are meant for taste, but this CD for the past 10 years has been a surefire hit as a "mood" music during adult activities with various audiences. It was never meant for these intentions as I bought it for relaxation, but it can provide for sensual evenings.

I agree with other reviews stating how underated this CD truly is. I purchased it on a whim in my youth and yet I am buying it now for the third time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "edstill" on September 25, 2000
I think this compilation is, on a hole, very strong. Contrary to previous reviews it is certainly NOT 'Goth' and the warm and soft guitar pop tracks at the end are a great wind-down to the body of the work.
Yes, there are some track that you've heard before, and there are a thousand songs that would go well in this setting. I think that, all told, the producers made 15 good decisions with these songs.
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Psychologically complex Trip Hop magnifies an urban soul and then the mood melts into another tale of intricacy. 2Wicky plays with Geike Arnaert's voice in a sassy ambient pop selection that is mildy menacing in tone. A contemplative song by Massive Attack follows without breaking the melancholy mood. Morcheeba presents a moody oceanscape of sound with tales of beaches and souls getting lost down by the sea.

Moby's temperamental lyrics fuel the atmosphere even more as this album then delves into a moody ecstasy. You are now in deep, where can you go from here? Pigeonhed lightens the album slightly but the lyrics are barely audible. Foxes in Midsummer has heights within the depths of dreams and the album mellows even more into a solitary beauty in This Love.

You have to be in a very mellow mood to enjoy this music, but it seems appropriate in the middle of the night. After Morcheeba's The Sea, the album starts to dissolve in wave after wave of slow-tempo contemplation. With titles like "All of My Tears," you can understand where this album is going. Ending the album here would have seemed appropriate.

~The Rebecca Review
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By Liz Sauce on September 12, 2008
Listening to the songs in this soundtrack embarks the listener into an entrancing stage. I've had this CD for ten years now (a decade!) and have listened to it a myriad times--just before going to sleep or unwinding down from a long day of work.

The first two tracks (each sampling from the great Isaac Hayes) are catchy, up-beat and futuristic sounding, as if a group of friends are chilling in a dim, maroon-colored room drinking pomegranate martinis while floating in the air as the sound of the rain and music soothes them.

There is one song on the track that reminds me of fog. It's the haunting song 'Host of Seraphim' which was on the movie 'The Mist.' Such a dramatic song captures the element of surrendering and relinquishment, as if one has done all he/she can and has decided to succomb.

Great music for inspiration and relaxation!
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The majority of the tracks on this cd are already in my collection, but there were a few that I didn't have and want to explore the artists work further. All in all it's a great mix of trip hop.

I'd recommend it for anyone that enjoys this genre or wants to get a good cross section of music without buying entire albums. Although, I'd recommend buying the individual artist albums because they have so much good music to offer.
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