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2010 release, the highly anticipated fourth album from British Electronic artist Nick Bracegirdle AKA Chicane. Giants is the follow-up to Chicane's hugely popular Best Of release. Giants features the hits 'Poppiholla', 'Hiding All the Stars', 'Come Back' and 'Middledistancerunner'.

1. Barefoot
2. Middledistancerunner
3. Come Back
4. What Am I Doing Here?, Pt. 1
5. Giants
6. Poppiholla (5 A.M.)
7. So Far Out to Sea
8. Where Do I Start?
9. From Where I Stand
10. Hiding All the Stars
11. What Am I Doing Here?, Pt. 2
12. Titles

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Armada Music Nl
  • ASIN: B003V4RKAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stochastic on August 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nick Bracegirdle makes his best music in years that end in zero. It was back in 2000 I was getting up very early in the morning to drive to work, and listening to Behind The Sun as I shuttled around in the darkness. It was ten years ago that I got to know Saltwater, and Justine Suissa, and everything that made that album literally years ahead of its time.

Then there was the Easy To Assemble debacle and the less-critically acclaimed Somersault (which I still liked).

Giants takes us back to the greatness of ten years ago, and then some. Nick may not be the world's slickest producer anymore (that award would go to BT), but the melodies here are...they have to be heard to be believed. After the first four tracks, after the vocoder-driven "What Am I Doing Here Pt. 1" (which will inevitably be accused of ripping off Imogen Heap), I said to myself, this is the best disc I have bought all year. Or in several years.

I can't wait for the remixes to start hitting the internet. If only they weren't always territory restricted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is like a step back in time, but in a great way. Everything is fresh and the sound is at once familiar and exotic. Remember discovering the addictive powers of "Saltwater" or "No Ordinary Morning?" There are many tracks here that will earn a click of the repeat button.

"Barefoot" is the opening track, painting the soundscape with textures and ambiance, electronic with shifting flutes and strings.

"Middledistancerunner" is an introspective track with the now-familiar "Owl City" vocals from Adam Young, which are an unexpectedly great match with Chicane's resonating sound. For those of you familiar with some of the more silly "Owl City" lyrical creations, you may be glad to know that here the lyrics are thoughtful and serious, almost bittersweet. Despite being a good song, it is not among my favorites on the disc.

"Come Back" has among the most catchy beats and tunes, but it is extremely repetitive. I would have loved for the addition of perhaps a couple of different phrases or something. Instead you get to hear "Come back and stay for good this time" over and over. The progressive changing of the music textures makes up for a lot, thankfully.

"Giants" does some portamento synth lead craziness which is unusual but works, and winds up being a highly inventive hook to draw you into one of the most amazing tracks Chicane has produced. Definitely worthy of being the title track from this album.

"What Am I Doing Here" is a chorused, lyrical piece which offers some more of the bittersweet tone. Some vocoding is expertly applied and shows Nick hasn't lost his touch adding vocal finesse. While not a dance or trance track, it's still a pleasure to listen to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Exuberant Trance on May 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Chicane with his second album "Behind The Sun." It didn't took much time for me to track his other singles released and former masterpiece "Far From The Maddening Crowds." Chicane presented his unique expertise over Trance. Ambiance touch, soothing beach, time slowing down.. he projected these thoughts so remarkably that as a listener one would not have any option other than to be spellbound to his music.

However, the main job is not to reach the apex; but to stay there and that's where this adroit performer faced odds. Few controversies led alien albums like "Easy to Assemble" (unreleased) and "Somersault." I still can't believe that a horrible album like "Somersault" could ever come from same Chicane who is known for true ambiance trance, noway. With all due respect, while experimenting one should not deviate from the originality because that brings peril of losing the track forever. I can name many artists such as Enigma, BT, Robert Miles, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Markus Schulz and many more whose last releases stand nowhere against the first/introductory albums.

Changes are good but they are best when done on same track one started on. Think of offshore and then think if same kind of track comes with much more enhanced sound effects with use of technology and options. Who would not like to get more tracks like Saltwater, Offshore, Lost You Somewhere.

Now the best part, Chicane is Back!!! That means he is back with his same phenomenal touch, his same charm, his same prodigy and same purity of trance. I am exulted blind race of change or commercialization didn't fade another great talent, he made a comeback against all odds. In all, this album would take you into same era of FFTMC and BTS.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Faisal Ahmad on August 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a great comeback return of the trademark sound of CHICANE!!! The sound takes you on a journey through magical bliss, very reminiscent of "Far From The Maddening Crowds" and "Behind The Sun"...An emotional ambience is felt through every track that uplifts the mind, heart, body and soul...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaysun on March 7, 2011
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Admittedly, I was a little late to discover the newest release from Chicane -at some point I relegated the past releases I own to the warm glow of special memories. How exciting to find "Giants" in all its lush glory!

The album itself is "classic" Chicane in the sense of containing all of his hallmark synth washes, smooth choruses and impeccable mixing skills. With that solid foundation, it's easy to fall right into this album as an evolution of his artistry -a refreshing return to form, elevated into the new decade.

Favorite tracks include "Middledistancerunner", "Poppiholla", and "Where Do I Start" but gems are easy to find for both new and dedicated listeners.

Adam Young, of "Owl City" fame, provides vocals on "Middledistancerunner" to sublimely beautiful effect. While I do enjoy Adam Young's "Owl City", I especially enjoy his other project under the moniker "Port Blue" which provides a beautiful instrumental experience instead of quirky synthpop. I imagine a full-length collaboration between Nicholas Bracegirdle and Adam Young could be amazing.

In a sense, this album is like discovering Chicane all over again, a wonderful and rare achievement.
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