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Nothing Changes Under the Sun

Blue StatesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B000056VAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Arion
2. Diamente
3. The Trainer Shuffle
4. Stereo 99
5. Spit And Soar
6. Golden Touch
7. Your Girl
8. Looking Glass
9. Theme From Within
10. Elios Therepia
11. Heroes' Elegy
12. Cherio Manou

Editorial Reviews

Andy Dragazis, a.k.a. Blue States, has finally hit U.S. shores with the domestic release of his debut LP. As one of the rare records that actually overshadows its own hype, Nothing Changes Under the Sun proves itself to be deeper, more diverse, and mind-alteringly greater than even the notoriously hyperbolic English music press claim it is. Plenty of tracks ("The Trainer Shuffle", "Stereo 99", "Spit and Soar") carry the summer bliss vibe to which the album's title alludes, but Dragazis has delivered something far greater than a beach holiday soundtrack. Muscular, jazzy, live-instrument workouts such as "Looking Glass" and "Theme from Within" saunter deep within the estimable realm of a David Holmes or Thievery Corporation. "Diamente" and "Heroes' Elegy" give a slight gild to a page or two of Portishead's book of rainy-day beats. It is "Elios Therepia," however, riding a Roy Rogers-style tune out into the great wide open, that is perhaps the most apt metaphor for the entire record. While most downbeat recordings seem to be about navel-gazing stasis, Nothing Changes Under the Sun is all about travel beyond ordinary borders. Book your ticket for the inner sphere now. --Bob Michaels

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Real" chill out July 19, 2001
By Jakob
Format:Audio CD
This album was close to 5 stars. Finally, a chill out album with "real instrument" sound to it. I am not a music producer but I can for sure attest to the authenticity of their sound. It took a couple of listenings, but after a while each track stood out. The first three tracks are incredible. My favorite is song 2, which has a mysterious beat, that makes you want to disconnect the phone, turn off the TV, and just chill with your favorite drink. Although I don't think everything from the ESL label is great, this album, along with Thievery Corps latest release, are the best ear candy out there right now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music... June 18, 2005
By RubyRED
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I listen to any of the Blue States albums I feel like I am traveling... Traveling away from my worries, leaving them behind to new beginnings. If you love the open road you must buy this album... Very liberating. It has a vintage 70's classic rock music made for film vibe. 10.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing CD July 17, 2002
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This disc is very hard to classify. Judging by some of the other reviews, you wonder if it should be an instrumental, jazz, chill-out or just downtempo/lounge cd. I think if you put all of that together, mix in a healthy filling of electronica and you have Nothing Changes Under the Sun.
I love this CD. It's light and airy, artistic and just a total change of pace from what I was expecting - maybe because I didn't know what to expect. It's heavy instrumentation, and each song sounds like it could have been in a movie soundtrack from - but which time frame? I still haven't figured it out.
If you've listened to Kinobe's Skyscraper, some of the tracks by Blue States' remind me of that style, but are more polished than Kinobe's sound in general IMO. Of course teh most popular song on this CD is "Your Girl", which is fantastic. But Diamente, The Trainer Shuffle, The Golden Touch and Elios Therapia are stunning tracks to me as well.
Definitely Pick this up! IF you're a fan of schema styles, you'd probably like this change of pace. IF you've heard ESL's Modular Systems, you can sample one of Blue State's tracks as well. Enjloy.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars favoring mood and vistas over that singles sound February 6, 2001
By R Diaz
Format:Audio CD
There's some serious buzz hauled on the back of Blue States (Andy Dragazis) and his debut release, which finally sees domestic distribution from ESL Music, label of Thievery Corporation - who know a thing or two about sublime bar grooves.
Chill seekers received a hint of possibility from Dragazis when his oddly disturbing 60's jewel "Your Girl" surfaced on OM Lounge 2, appearing here in a more organic mix. That in fact mirrors the approach of the album, with textured string samples ("The Trainer Shuffle") live percussion ("Diamente") and solid doses of guitar ("Arion") fluidly melding into full orchestrations.
More so than the instrumentation, Blue States takes his melancholy very seriously, standing out from the wave of current chill-kitsch peddlers (Bent, Lemon Jelly, etc) by leaving the cheeky samples on the dilapidated vinyl they came from, instead evoking the memories of cloudy coastal drives. Factor in the spy shuffler "Golden Touch" and twamgy western "Elios Therepia" for a dash of punch along the way.
Now whether your tastes will accommodate mood and grand vistas over singles and variety (essentially an album vs soundtrack debate) ultimately determines the reaction to Nothing Changes Over the Sun. In a world of MP3's, DJ mixes, and mega-comps, quite possibly this broader approach to music plays alien to the ears. Listeners who find imagery frequently drifting through minds, however, have the score they've been looking for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING NEEDS TO CHANGE UNDER THE SUN!!! June 22, 2004
By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
Blues State's Nothing Changes Under the Sun is perhaps one of the best CDs to be released on the ESL label. Easy to say that because his music is inventive and lacks the one dimensional feel of conventional lounge music. Indeed, Blues State's Nothing Changes Under the Sun is "complex" lounge music with passion and emotion. And although it takes a few listens to appreciate it, you will, my friend! This is lounge music for those who are tired of recycled basslines under over-sampled sirens. Blue State's music is beautiful and organic and could easily be the soundtrack for some Western or Oliver Stone flick. "Nothing Changes Under the Sun" is a true classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of downtempo May 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
buying music as i do, this album is one that i've bought twice (after being stolen) and it's fully worth it. what strikes me most about it is the range of styles and genres he's able to cover while interpreting as his own. of course my favorite is "the trainer shuffle," (which kicks some serious booty while descending in an airplane) but i am also particulary impressed by "elios therepia." buy it. i did twice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack for a movie that was never made... February 19, 2001
By "songx"
Format:Audio CD
Found out about this one man phenomena Andy Dragazis aka Blue States from a magazine. Sounds like those old soundtracks with Morricone, John Barry etc2...very organice sounding despite the "chill out" label given to fact he sounds WAYYY better than most"downtempo" bands out there who rely on kitschy elements and studio gimmicks..due to the fact that he actually uses real instruments...just take a listen to the first track Arion and you 'll see what i mean. A definite must buy for downtempo fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stuff.
Published 2 months ago by earthfire
1.0 out of 5 stars Nope
Why did I buy this? I heard a track on Pandora. I can't find that track anywhere on this cd. Waste of money. I'm too old for this.
Published 3 months ago by Old Goat
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the same of this CD, Hooked on New Age
I heard one of the song on this CD, so I decided to get the whole CD. It was good. Great price. But one of the songs, was not what I expected on this type of CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Leroy L Beavers Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue States - Nothing Changes Under The Sun
Nothing Under the Sun is astonishing -- even though it's Blue States' first album, its mature production and careful attention to detail make it an instant classic. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
I like electronica like bent, lemon jelly, ryoskkopp... Bought this to add more, it is really subpar.
Published on December 24, 2009 by Chris Schleich
5.0 out of 5 stars I concur with the other guy!
This album is incredible. I stumbled upon it on [...].. 'Trainer Shuffle' was the song that came up. I love it, a very relaxing, thought-provoking album.. Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by C. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Great music. Even if your not an electronic music aficionado like I am. Great relaxing, moving, very cool melodies. Layed back, yet exciting. Very good album.
Published on June 13, 2008 by London O. Cromwell
1.0 out of 5 stars YUCK!
Pablum! And just a so-so recording. There are ALOT better Chill CD's out there. Try Zero 7's Simple Things. Don't waste your money on this one!
Published on August 2, 2007 by Soul Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Albums
This is Blue States, aka Andy Dragazis, first album. It was released around 2000 in the UK and was later released and distributed in the United States thanks to Thievery... Read more
Published on April 20, 2007 by bordersj2
4.0 out of 5 stars Impress your retarded friends with your musical taste!
I recommend sampling "Your Girl". a chick on chicks. "If you want me for your girl,... all you have to do is say,... that you're not the boy for me..." typical. Read more
Published on August 12, 2005 by Dj Arnold Jr.
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