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The opening track, "The Sound Museum," is an odd electronica song with robotic samples ("Mr Smith would like to know...how many robots there are") and swinging brass. "Time after Time" is a soul-inspired almost-house track. The Biz Markie-accompanied rap song "BMT" is an interesting diversion that definitely would seem out-of-place to anyone who had only FUTURE LISTENING.
The album's standout single, "G.B.I.", features Kylie Minogue singing on a Chicago-style house song about a typeface. Despite its less-than-exciting theme, "G.B.I." might be the best song on the album. The songs after it include Towa's cover of "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates, which is actually sort of ho-hum, and "Everything We Do is Music," a journey through samples of that phrase in several languages.
Not exactly revolutionary or must-have, SOUND MUSEUM is nonetheless a nice piece of ear-candy that would appeal to anyone who has a flair for offbeat music, especially of the inexplicable Japanese kind.
It kicks off with the dense and sampledelic "The Sound Museum" which is nothing more than a cut-and-paste affair. It's like he programmed the computer to be jazzy but I can't decide if he wants me to dance to it or to laugh at it. And just as this album starts off with a dense electronic song like Future Listening, "Time After Time" is this album's "Luv Connection." It's somewhere between 70's funk and En Vogue and I'll just say funk isn't Towa's strong suit.
"Happy" is a little more successful attempt at the same type of song, but that might just be because sweet Bebel Gilberto sings the chorus. I'm convinced that any song could be sung by her and it would sound good. But still, sadly, she just gets the chorus. "BMT" stands for Biz, Mos and Towa. In other words, Towa got two of my favorite rappers, Biz Markie and Mos Def to contribute to the same song! So it's a surprise that this song isn't better than it is. The music is buzzy and repetitive and the lyrics are surprisingly inane.
There's another bad funk song and another inane rap song and there's a song that shows off Towa's love of the strange and kitsch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought his first release many years ago, It was a bit different and I was always curious as to how his others albums would sound. I am glad I got Sound Museum. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Brian S. Russell
Who's dis mo-ron dissing B.M.T.? Dear sweet jesus, Biz Markie delivers!!! Didn't know he was still around. (I always loved "Picking Boogers. Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Charles A. Horowitz
G.B.I. is the best song of this album Kylie has got a great voice.
i also Privated eyes (whit bebel gilberto), time after time, Higher, happy,... Read more
if you ever heard and loved the first album then you are gonna be la littlke dissapointed because the tracks are a little more commercial and the bossa nova was reduced to only one... Read morePublished on July 12, 2000 by alex higuera
This album is just great ! After I saw the video to "Happy" I thought "Oh no, he goes commercial", but luckily he didn't. Read morePublished on December 18, 1999 by carfelma
After his fine debut, Towa Tei shows he doesn't have much melodic skill with Sound Museum. Don't be fooled: this is easy listening sludge.Published on December 13, 1999