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Zen
Zen
17 used & new from $7.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING, November 6, 2002
This review is from: Zen (Audio CD)
When his previous LP came out, his first under the label of Sony, I was worried about Krush's potential loss of his musical integrity. On the contrary, he made an album so minimal, even his long lasting funs were surprised. I didnt particularly got hooked to this LP but I respected Krush for doing what he really wanted despite the pressure by his new financiers. That was then. NOW?
I think that ZEN is the outcome of him breaking the mold in the previous one. Krush is more mature now and he has made an exceptional album that will satisfy everyone. Hardcore hip hop funs, trip hop nodders, average mom and pap, in-love girls, trendy company CEOs, old time hippies, etc. It is the epitomy of a commercial album but without any of the negative conotations this definition might bring to mind. It incorporates soul, ambient, techno and industrial elements, mixed with the usual Japanese ultra minimalism, all together but also on their own. In Zen you can find maybe the most sentimental instrumental track in many years, a marriage between scattered guitar strings and saxophone, while the 3rd track is soulful trip hop at its best. Listen to the track no 7 and realise that Japanese raping can be as smooth as velvet, on a heavenly piano melody. Relax and enjoy, albums like this one dont come out too often.


No Protection
No Protection
Price: $39.24
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dub Supplement, November 6, 2002
This review is from: No Protection (Audio CD)
First of all, the question to be asked is whether one wants to buy this CD as a dub LP or as a supplement to the Massive Attack collection. Lets take the first case. As a dub LP is not bad at all. The original tracks from the PROTECTION LP are enriched with typical tripped out dub sounds, while the singing is downgraded to the second place. In some cases one gets only a glimpse of the lyrics, in short echoing portions. This is not a very ambient dub LP though, it gets difficult to listen at some points if one is not used to hardcore dub. And here comes the second case. Massive Attack funs who might think that through this CD they can enhance their enjoyment of the PROTECTION LP, are wrong. Although the basis is the same, nothing else is. The dub background Massive are using in some of their tracks, is reinforced, twisted and roughed up. No making-love-music in this one, just smokey living rooms, full of silent, head-nodding people and ripped up packs of cigarettes on the floor. If you want to get this CD, do it for the right reasons.


Uninvisible
Uninvisible
Price: $10.99
96 used & new from $0.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect, November 6, 2002
This review is from: Uninvisible (Audio CD)
This LP is an almagam of two musical forces. Experimentation and respect to jazz tradition. The trio MMW has created a musical trip which requires full committment in order to enjoy it. The LP is balancing between slow, dirty funk instrumentals, the like of B-Boys in "Sounds from the Underground" and industrial, heavy sounds, passing on the feeling of being in the middle of the production line in a steel factory. In addition, Medeski is twisting the organ around beautifully, placing it in the center of the whole LP, saving it from the world of obsolete instruments. Excellent use of scratches and breaks which are discreet but significant at the same time. Despite the volume of electronic sounds, this LP is for jazz purists. The melodies are constantly transformed due to improvisation by the three musicians without creating chaos, while the tracks are interelated, making the LP sound like a long remix. All is perfect then? Of course no, this is a 4 star review. The one and only objection is that some of the tracks are not as powerful as others, making u want to press skip after having listened to them a few times. Nevertheless, this LP is almost a masterpiece of artful musical expression. A contemporary jazz translation of urban life in big cities, listen to it carefully, after dark, having left your musical prejudices out of the room.


Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising
Price: $10.56
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocrity, November 5, 2002
This review is from: Scorpio Rising (Audio CD)
The last LP by Death in Vegas is like a last minute essay.It has some interesting points but because of lack of time, these points are not well presented, and in order to fill the wordcount, it is stuffed with useless, meaningless paragraphs. To the point: there are 3-4 tracks which may not be unforgettable or future classics but at least they are interesting, like the 10 min last one with a repetitive melody which goes strait into your head and stays there. The rest of the LP is like elevator music for someone who likes music with a twist. The guitars are there, the chunky bass line is there, high calibre guests are there, heavenly female voices are there (which manage to be the protagonist of the LP, underlying the weakness of the music). What is missing is inspiration and character. It is not incidental the fact that some of the tracks sound like they are really old, no freshness at all. And the worst track of all by far is the one with Galagher in it. It is too bad even for an OASIS song, let alone played by Death in Vegas. Mercy!!! Recommended only for hardcore Death in Vegas funs or environmentalists who like to listen to recycled music.


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