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SOUND MUSEUM by Towa Tei

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sound Museum
  2. Time After Time
  3. Happy
  4. BMT
  5. Higher
  6. Corridor
  7. GBI (German Bold Italic)
  8. Tamilano
  9. Private Eyes
  10. Everything We Do Is Music


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002HMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sound Museum is a good CD, I haven't heard his previous offering. Which everyone seems to like more than this one..... However, there are some good songs on here. I must say I was quite surprised at the "hip-hop" influence, but it's still all good. "Time after Time", "Corridor" and "Everything we do is music" are my favorites. I bought this because they said "If I liked Pizzicato 5, that I would like this one". Well it's not on the same vein as Pizzicato Five, but I still like it. I would classify this as a dance/hip-hop type of CD. Which is cool, but I just expected something different. I would recommend this to people who have a diverse music taste.
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Not quite in the same vein as his debut FUTURE LISTENING, Towa Tei's 1998 release SOUND MUSEUM left behind many of the Brazilian elements of his first album. SOUND MUSEUM, though just as loungy, is an exploration of funk.
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.
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As one third of Deee-lite, Towa Tei may have been the quietest member of the trio, but I think he had the most to offer musically. His second solo CD, "Sound Museum," is a head-bobbingly agreeable grab bag of sorts: deep house, hip hop, and elctro soul. "Time After Time" blends a rich, deep bassline against electronic bleeps; Kylie Minogue gets roped in for vocals on the house-injected "GBI," and then there's a personal favorite of mine, the funky and Dee-lite-ish "Higher." But the track that will most likely raise eyebrows is the low-key, bossa-nova reinterpretation of the Hall and Oates gem "Private Eyes." "Sound Museum" is a pretty hard disc to dislike; give it a whirl on your player, and you'll be bobbing your head to the groove in seconds.
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I couldn't help but expect a lot from Towa Tei's new album since I had been so positively impressed by "Future Listening", his first CD, mixing with grace and talent Brazilian classics, Japanese pop, Indian influences and hip-hop/house beats. His new album is listenable but lack the inventivity that pleased me so much in "Future Listening". Too bad.
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i've heard good reviews of towa tei, i saw the cd in a used cd store for cheap so i was like well i'll give it a chance. i really enjoyed it alot; i especially love the backtrack for BMT (Fun to bass out to and really crazy!) GBI is a great smooth song and Private Eyes is just wonderful! i haven't heard any other of his work so i have nothing to compare it to, but i must say for my first listen, it was a good buy and i plan on buying much more of his work now.
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By A Customer on November 30, 1998
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When has the world of hip-hop, funk, light jazz, and house ever been united? Well, Towa T. has done an excellent job in creating a fun mix with new school and old school melodies that will make you push the repeat button for each and every jam. This CD also Biz Marki kicks out a grove with others...
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The title of Towa Tei's second solo album, Sound Museum, makes it seem like it's going to be a direct contradiction to his first album titled Future Listening. Actually, the style on it is very familiar. Towa loves prgramming his songs on a computer, writing lyrics in about 5 different languages, combining bossa nova, disco and hip-hop and having the beautifully voiced Bebel Gilberto sing on half of the tracks. But while Future Listening was an undoubted success at making a kind of quirky global dance music, Sound Museum retraces its steps but falters nearly every step of the way.
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.
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