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Koop Islands

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Ada
  • ASIN: B000VI6T9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It's been four years since we've heard from the Stockholm-based duo. Their last release, "Waltz For Koop" was steeped in a modern take on 60s jazz and Swedish songstresses and sold over 40,000 units. This new record goes much further southwest to the Caribbean for inspiration.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem! October 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Koop islands is a magnificent CD. It is more jazzy than their first offering which is fine by me. There are several standouts on this recording such as "Wherever there is you", "I see a different you" and "Let's Elope". The other songs are good as well, but those three are classics. As I said earlier, the CD is more jazzy than the first one, but if you liked the first one, you should love this one as well. As usual, Koop puts their magnificent touch on another effort! I just wish they came out with new music more often.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar October 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Koop takes off right from where they left off. Koop Islands is a very refined album that uses the new jazz/electronic sound extremely efficiently. This album is much more upbeat than Waltz for Koop, using the big band sound of the 30's & 40's as well as a sultry jazzy sound. Yukimi Nagano is back (Summer Sun, her most notable work of vocals from Waltz for Koop) and lends her beautiful vocal talents in a few songs. A VERY feel good album that can be played while relaxing alone or when hosting a gathering. This album has been out for over a year now but is now barely being released domestically in the U.S. One note, the cover had to be changed from Koop(two males) being on the cover to two females on the U.S. cover, which is i guess to avoid controversy or more directly homeosexuality. Also this U.S. release gets an additional track, a "Come to Me" remix. Highly recommended album. You'll enjoy it :D!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and relaxing November 17, 2007
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I first heard Koop on Radio Paradise (via iTunes), where the first two cuts from Koop Islands are in rotation. This album is kind of '40s swing with an occasional Caribbean spin and some very modern lyrics. Since getting this, I've bought Koop's other two albums, and also sent this album to my 78-year-old uncle for his birthday. And I deeply regret missing Koop when they played recently at Bimbo's 360 in San Francisco; I just hope I can catch them live soon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with the cover? October 25, 2006
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Wow! Awesome album. It may be better than Waltz for Koop which was just about perfect. Koop Islands continues that direction. Intelligent, sophisticated, smooth and fun Old School Jazz that sounds fresh and modern. Very talented group and I respect them immensely, but what were they thinking with that cover?!!! If there was an ambiguous homesexual message with the last album cover, it's crystal clear now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still smooth as ever May 31, 2007
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Koop's follow up to the stellar "Waltz for Koop" lives up to the hype. It's been a while since that album, but the sound hasn't changed much at all, and this album is pretty much more of the same from the Swedish duo.

"Koop Island Blues" is a beautiful lament, featuring gorgeous vocals by Ane Brun, the only new vocalist in the lineup. It's upbeat, but mellow and even sorrowful; great stuff.

"Come to Me" is a chippy, upbeat song with vocals by returning vocalist Yukimi Nagamo, and she is just as good as ever. Tells a story of a girl who seems to be optimistic despite just getting over a failed relationship.

"Forces...Darling" features Earl Zinger, who's back for more after the last album. He and Nagamo make great rhythms with their voices, they work very well together.

"I See A Different You" features Nagamo again, and it REALLY shows off her vocal range. The title is pretty self-explanatory. A great little upbeat number.

"Let's Elope" brings back Mikael Sundin again for a more sensual feel. A very smooth piece that somehow manages to remain as innocent as possible despite the suggestive title.

"The Moonbounce": Koop lets loose! An energetic number with a catchy vocal sample overtop of lots of solos and rhythms. Good pace and very cute! (Yes, you can call music cute!) A great instrumental piece that'll get you moving.

"Beyond the Son" is a very interesting tune that may not work for some, but does for me. It's Earl Zinger reading a letter overtop of some slow beats and rhythms. It's fantastic, the letter he reads is so....interesting. Seems to be a letter to a good friend in Sweden from London. Zinger's voice is VERY unique and quite comforting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Koop Islands May 28, 2012
By miker
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A hint of old jazz with an added twist of somthing new. Like the voice and also the instruments. It is easy listening but not "mood music".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Koop - Koop Islands March 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
After a long absence (with only a few remixes to tide us over) Koop finally returns with KOOP ISLANDS, and once again, they manage to make old-time jazz modern again. The opening track, "Koop Island Blues" sounds reminiscent of their remix of Astor Piazolla's "Vuelvo al Sur," while maintaining its own distinct hazy, dreamy vibe. But once again, it's Yukimi Nagano who brings the house down--"Come To Me" has the cheery big-band jazz to get your fingers snapping, while "I See a Different You" ratchets up the romanticism with plenty of swelling strings. She slows things down for "Whenever There Is You," which brings a nice torch song aspect to the album. But that's not to diminish Earl Zinger's contributions, though--his upbeat "Forces... Darling" are a swing dancer's dream, and his spoken word reading on "Beyond the Son" is a mixture of poetry and mysterious confessional. But even the instrumentals, like the incredibly catchy "The Moonbounce," have personality to spare. Although I miss the 3/4 rhythms that made WALTZ FOR KOOP both a musical and technical wonder, Koop once again make retro something entirely new.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Come along with meeee...
This is the album that I turn to as cool summer nights drift into fall. The songs on Island Blues are the perfect blend of jazz rhythms and steel drums, evoking nostalgia for warm... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Kooper
Koop Islands is a gem that is brilliant. The vocals are free and easy, yet stunning. The entire music performance brings it to life.
Published 2 months ago by seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Kool Koop
Very cool sound, Retro with a European flavor and very fun to drive to!!! Got it as is was featured by my favorite "Shuffle" dancer - can't listen without feeling inspired!
Published 12 months ago by Talon W Kane
3.0 out of 5 stars Great single!
Great single, but but the rest of the album

is fairly nondescript.

Reminiscent of the 40's style music. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. V. Van Kuijl
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding good made music
As always Koop does, in this album we find sampled music - professionaly collected sounds and voices with perfect harmony. The songs are very light and alive. Read more
Published 23 months ago by listener
5.0 out of 5 stars So Different Music
Prior to purchasing this CD I had hear 2 songs from this CD and really liked what I heard. Purchased the CD and thrilled to have it in my collection as the music is different but... Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by HappyDonita
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album
Love especially the first song in this album. The rest are equally good; I grew to like them very much as well.
Published on August 15, 2010 by SY
4.0 out of 5 stars Buen ejemplo de Neo-Jazz
Si te gustó el Primer CD de Koop, con toda seguridad este será de tu agrado.
Published on April 6, 2010 by Ivan Zamorano V.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs
I first heard Koop Island Blues on "So you think you can dance" TV show. Loved the song and found myself downloading it on my ipod so I could listen to it as much as I wanted. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by Patty G. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and New
I had never heard of Koop until i saw a performance using their song Koop Island Blues. The song was like nothing i ever heard and i rushed onto to amazon to purchase the album. Read more
Published on October 27, 2009 by W. Dietrich
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