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The Agony & The Ecstasy
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High Contrast should need no introduction with a legacy as one of the most recognizable and much loved figures in drum and bass. Since the release of his seminal debut True Colors in 2002, he has risen through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after DJ's in the scene. His third studio album Tough Guys Don t Dance (2008) followed 2004 s High Society, and was succeeded by High Contrast: Confidential, a double-disc best-of compilation that fused the best of his own production with high profile remixes of The Streets, Adele and Basement Jaxx. Returning in 2012 with his fourth artist album, The Agony & The Ecstasy, High Contrast is set to reinstate his reputation at the top table with this superb 12 song long player. Featuring an extensive range of collaborators, from established, worldwide superstars such as Tiësto and Underworld to up-and-coming fresh new talent such as Med School signing Lung and Jessy Allen, this truly is an album of contrasts. Hospital ever present vocalist Liane Carrol, who you may recognize from London Elektricity live, as well as Chase & Status / Breakage vocalist extraordinaire Claire Maguire and Selah Corbin of KidAdrift also feature on the album. High Contrast himself describes The Agony & The Ecstasy as 'more personal' than any other album he has made, so prepare to be moved with some heartfelt melodies as well as the uplifting anthems which have his signature sound written all over them and push him back into the spotlight. Kicking off with the title track The Agony & The Ecstasy (featuring Selah Corbin), which was debuted live with Annie Mac on Radio One, we are taken through some superb vocal-led cuts such as the spine-chillingly yearning Wish You Were Here (featuring Selah Corbin), the stripped back, downbeat melancholy of Almost Human (featuring Clare Maguire) as well as the previously released Radio One playlisted single The First Note Is Silent (featuring Tiesto and Underworld). Other highlights from across the selection include experimental cinematic interlude 238 Days, the impassioned Emotional Vampire; while things take a dark and twisted turn in Father, Can t You See I m Burning?, before All There Is (featuring Liane Carrol) brings the album to a close.
Top Customer Reviews
Lots of vocals for those who want to sing along to their music. Enough change ups that it doesn't sound repetitive, most songs are in the 5min - 5:30min range, which is short for traditional DnB. Perhaps a bit long compared to the usual radio friendly song. But it hits a nice middle ground, something that again I think would appeal to more mainstream music fans.
High Contrast also invites Tiesto and Underworld on a few tracks which may get the attention of trance and other electronic style music fans.
I fall into the category of hardcore DnB head. I tagged Nasty Habit's "Shadow Boxing" as my first favorite DnB song that I would play on repeat. And it was Flytronix's "Rare Tear Pt. 2" that played in a club that turned me onto the music in the first place. Both tracks (though certainly more so with Shadow Boxing) represent a more simple style of DnB yet as a fan of those tracks, I can also say with all honestly I am in love with this album too.
Check it out, massive album!