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PS the DVD (sold seperately) is a lot of fun too.
That notwithstadning, every song on '64-'95 was well produced and has a better dance-floor appeal than anything on "Lost Horizons" or "KY." Love how they mixed the chords and vocals of Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity" (1990) into the groovin', "A Man Like Me." I also dig the warmth and summery feel of "Make Things Right" which reminds me of an Arrested Development tune, and the hyper-drive of "Come Down on Me" and "The Slow Train".
Deakan and Franglen certainly know there stuff and they know how to keep their sound interesting without veering too far off the beaten path. To me, this body of work surpasses any of their past material, or any material by folks of their ilk--Yeah, That's right, you nay-sayers! I said it!!
Fantastic Job, Lemon Jelly! Highly Recommended!!!!
I really enjoyed Lost Horizons for its subtle and restrained compositions, the way most if not all of the tracks would mesmerize with their repetition, but would creep up on you and surprise you in various ingenious ways. It just seemed a lot more rigorous, careful, and artfully musical than this new one.
There are some good moments on '64-'95, but not enough, not as many as I've come to expect, which after many optimistic listens, makes this album disappointing. I sincerely hope this was just an awkward moment for these guys and that their next album will bring them back from craft to art.
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Several months later...
I've tried a few times to listen to this album again, even to find a decent track on it for a compilation, and it's useless. That pretty much sums up the album for me: Useless. Dammit, I wanted to like this album as much as I liked Lost Horizons, if not in the same way, then in a different way! Were KY and, especially, Lost Horizons flukes?
its an amazing journey, as usual these guys are masters at production,
and this production is immaculate and brilliant,sharp and clean.
as mentioned previously ,they need to come up with an sacd 5.1
surround sound format,which would just be out of this world.
Anyone who explored Lemon Jelly's first release - KY - had to notice the picture of the little white-robed yogi embedded in one of the psychedlic teardrops on the CD packaging. I actually noticed the image after having listened to the CD a few times. The image reveals a motivating force which seems lacking in LJ's latest release: '64-'95.
Lemon Jelly, at its best, is nothing if not meditative. Despite the catchy hooks and bouncy beats, songs like "In the Bath" (from KY), or "Ramblin' Man" (from Horizons), inspire zen-like calmness. From this peaceful perspective, the complicated rhythms, layered melodies, and hypnotic samples inspire blissful awe... sort of like being in the presence of the Yogi.
'64-'95 brings some of those vibes into play. "Time", "Don't Stop Now", and "Slow Train" deliver the goods, and are emblematic of Lemon Jelly's better work.
The other tracks, though, especially "Make Things Right" and "Stay with You" (which sound like lame disco remixes) are uninspired and flat. "Come Down on Me" and the "Shouty Song" are moronic Gary Glitter atrocities - are these guys hoping to hear their music played between timeouts at football games? Geez. Noisy, overdone, sort of thuggish. Where's the LOVE, fellaz?
The last track, featuring vocals by William Shatner, rounds out the cheese. Putting that guy's voice on ANY music CD is a sure sign of desperation. And, sure enough, "Go" is a pale retread of "Ramblin' Man" (off 'Lost Horizons'). Genre mixing - and coming up with something original - is one thing. Genre mixing for the sake of it is a sure sign of creative exhaustion.
These guys need to go back to the well and find their center. Something sent them careening into questionable places and the musical results are marginal and depressingly derivative.
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