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Last Century Modern Import

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1. Last Century Modern
2. A Ring
3. Angel
4. Butterfly
5. Contact
6. Chair
7. Stretch Building Bamboo
8. Congratulations
9. Funkin' For Jamaica
10. Let Me Know
11. Lcm

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B00000K21T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hennessy on November 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With everyone one of his album, it looks like Towa Tei is trying to put you in a certain frame of mind as far as time periods go. His first solo record was named Future Listening, and the idea was apparent he was trying to make music for the future throughout the record. And it worked. His next record was Sound Museum which I imagine was supposed to conjure up sounds of ancient musicians, althrough the actual recording didn't serve the title at all. This time he's named his record Last Century Modern, music for the final years of the 20th century. It's more forward-looking than the look-how-far-we've-come idea that the name conjures though.
"Last Century Modern" is a song of accordions and Balanscu Quartet sounds whirring around your head in space. A Brazilian voiced singer only listed as "UA" sings the title over and over with the emphasis on "mo-darn." I must note however that it seems like UA is only a replacement for my beloved Bebel Gilberto, who does not make an appearance on this album. I guess now that she's making her own records, she doesn't have time for Towa. This is quite unfortunate as she can breathe life into even the deadest Towa Tei song.
A breathy French singer is in the spotlight of the glitch/lounge song "A Ring," something that warrants numerous listenings if only for the strangeness and sound effects that you don't expect. Al throughout the record however you can expect Towa's signature filler lyrics. About half the songs feature computer voices, "Last Century Modern" lists various media formats in its lyrics and "Angel's" lyrics are little more than "S-P-E-L-L A-N-G-E-L." He's quite the producer, but hardly ever a great wordsmith, that Towa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "dequinix" on December 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this CD after thinking, "let's pick up something interesting and different." Let's just say I was FAR from being dissapointed. This Towa Tei CD (the reason I was previously familiar with him was because of his affiliation with Dee-Lite and a short interview he did on MTV Asia) has certainly spread its ears out on the rainbow spectrum. It contains music anywhere from hip hop to jazz to electronica, with French and Funk and everything else to boot. Listening to it is highly enjoyable if you're in the mood for something different once and again, but let me warn you, if you're in the mood for consistency, this is NOT your cup of tea. I wanted something different, I got it. Every now and then when I'm bored of the same old routines, I pop this CD in-- and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Towa Tei returns to form with an elegant, melodic, and romantic beauty of an album. There's retro-chic bossa nova, sophisticated female vocals, and even a couple of funky jams. Towa even brings back the wonderful vocalist Cory Daye on "Congratulations," a cut that recalls her glory days with Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. At only 40-some minutes, one wishes for more, but that's what remixes are for, I guess, so, "dadadadada("A Ring")", buy this one if you loved "Future Listening."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Fogle on June 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
i was in tower records on sunset blvd in los angeles when i went over to the listening booths to hear new music. there was towa tei's last century modern in magazine one, cd one; however, they were all sold out. not knowing what to think of this mystery cd that everyone seemed to know about but me, i gave it a listen and immediately began to drown into a different world. a world i wondered why i hadnt found before. the music on this album is so easy to listen to, and so warm. its one of those cds you just put on and leave alone, not changing any of the tracks because each track flows together creating a grand picture, not tiny individual ones. i was thrilled to hear Chara, one of my favourite Jpop artists, do vocals on "let me know". yet all of the tracks on last century modern are beautifully haunting. this was the first towa tei cd i'd ever bought but since buying this cd, i am hungry for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Carroll on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
On his latest solo release, former Deee-Lite DJ Towa Tei has once again managed to create a diverse palette of songs that showcase his formidable electronic talents.
Tei has always been a little unpredictable in his song crafting, able to switch from the standard to the bizarre in a matter of seconds, and Last Century Modern is no exception. The first and title track has Tei's and a computer's voice alternating as they read off a list of technological achievements in the last few years, set to a background of accordions and strings. "A Ring", "Butterfly" and "Angel" casually intersperse female vocals with drum and bass undertones. "Congratulations!" has all the elements of a cheesy radio advertisement - corny, yet catchy; while "Funkin' For Jamaica", despite a fairly ridiculous rap in the beginning, lives up to its title. Finally, "LCM" is a reprise of the first track, bringing the CD sonically full circle. Suffice it to say that variety is definitely one of Tei's strong points.
Also keeping in line with previous releases (for 1998's Sound Museum, Tei worked with Kylie Minogue and Mos Def, among others), the vocal contributions on Last Century Modern are numerous and varied. Ayumi Tanabe gives a superb performance on "Butterfly", and Chara sounds almost identical to Kahimi Karie on "Let Me Know". There's even some scat singing on "Angel", courtesy of Viv. The most unique vocalists on this CD, though, are not human. On "Angel", a good portion of the vocals are done by a Speak 'n Spell, while "CHATR" uses a speech-synthesis system of the same name, speaking in both English and Japanese. It's enough to make your head spin.
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