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Baxter

Baxter

September 15, 1998
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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By Christopher R. Cicatelli on May 21, 2002
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wow...what a fantastic release. this 1998 recording on the Maerick label has become one of my favorite cds...matter of fact, it has yet to leave my cd player. there are definite elements of Portishead...some elements of Hooverphonic...some elements of Massive Attack...but it carries a solitary vibe that is undeniably that of Baxter. Nina Ramsby delivers sultry vocals with a whispery elegance, yet there is a restrained power waiting to be unleashed. the music blends elements of trip hop, jungle, dub, and downbeat....it is so very intoxicating after the first listen. Baxter is in a league all to themselves...every song on this CD is wonderful. the lyrics are deep...thought provoking...clear. if you are a music fan, you need a little Baxter in your life...
track #2 "Fading" is worth the price of the cd...trust me.
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Baxter is definitely on the order of esthero and lamb, dark and twisted full of churning staccato drum beats and woeful lyrics. It's a rare occasion when I buy a triphop disc and almost every song is purely perfect and beautiful. Out of the ten tracks here, eight of them are absolutely perfect. It couldn't get any better than that. I found the raw, abrasive epileptic beats of 'fading' a bit grating on my nerves and 'I can't see why' just didn't gel for me but the rest of this disc is INCREDIBLE!!
Nina has a lovely voice and when she sings "I need a friend, I need you" on 'love again' it's chilling and haunting. 'possible' starts off with a somber piano intro and I found myself thinking oh god not another dreary dragged out piano and voice torch song but then this mellow downtempo drumbeat swoops in and Nina croons over it all sending chills up my spine. 'so much I've heard' reminds me of laika's 'bad times' with it spoken word lyrics.
This is an INCREDIBLE disc! I even like the grungy cover photo which for me adds an extra dimension to the music. This is some of the most amazing music to grace my stereo speakers in a long time.
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There are times when you can tell a book by it's cover . . . Enter the world of Baxter and you will see how perfectly and seemlessly these three musicians have created this haunted brooding corner of the world. Former Salt vocalist Nina Ramsby has joined forces with Ricky Tillblad and Carl-Michael Herlofsson to take the listener on a journey through the hearts midnight meanderings. Searching,yearning, questioning, such lines as "Just tell me once again if you have dreams of me becoming you" will leave you wondering just what your lovers dreams might be, as well as your own. And yet Baxter is full of enough instrumental and rhythmic adventure to keep things very interesting on a musical level. This is not a CD that will leave you bored or depressed. As if to drive this point home, Nina sings on the last track "Oh my love, don't take it too seriously . . .". Is she speaking to her lover, or to the action of love itself. You'll be awake all night wondering . . . listening.
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Swedish chanteuse Nina Ramsby's icy vocals go down like a bright alcoholic popsicle. Evoking snow & solitude, her deeply intimate vocals make every confession riveting. Her voice is what the sonics of your soul crave, unfettered vocals, capturing the crackle of live performance; the production does not over-tweak her voice into an unrecognizable mishmash of cut, pasted & layered background singers (every pop star in the last two decades). Her voice drizzles melancholy over the already astonishingly lonely string and drum arrangements. In opener, "Television," the narrator comments, "I wish I had/seen you in front of your TV set/ I wish I'd seen you when you blew up your television/what must have seemed like the whole world to you...and less of you is left/on your own in room./I wish I cuuld take you outside/And I wish I saw the rest of you here." The production is deceptively stripped to a few auditory elementals, echoing the CD artwork and the the minimal earthly elements: fire, water, earth and sky. Capturing the tinkle, the rustle, the very air itself, charged with the moving particles of live jazz performance--all committed to recording tech.

My favorite truly whacked-out peice, about a woman who finds out her boyfriend is gay, "So Much I've Heard," literally sounds like a flim soundtrack to a horror film redux, Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Midnite Movies), 1988. If one of those creepy clowns were chasing you through the rain, on foot through city traffic, as the sky lowered with dark clouds, THIS would be the non-diegetic music!

I want so badly to say that these Swedes, Baxter, are EQUAL to Portishead, but Portishead came first, four years earlier in 1994.
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About This

Baxter

Considering Baxter is a very relevant band in the Trip Hop Achieves ! It greatly surprises me how hard it is to find or get info about this cd ! Baxter was once on Madonna's label Maverick in 1998. Which was there last album until 2004's About this ! Which is just now being available to the states in 2005 !There new label is S56 recordings EU ! I read one UK review on this cd, and it was totally misleading ! It stated that this was more of a dance oriented cd ! Which is wrong !This cd only contains two dance songs "Got to Wake up and On my On." Which are hardly considered real dance songs more like "Everything but the Girl' Smooth house.

The rest of the 1st disc is just simply beautiful ! It is definitley trip hop. Beautiful meloncoly arrangments, sycopated beats like Timbaland. And some strings and horn samples ! The difference between this and there 1st lp? The beats do not rely on Drum and Bass backing ! The 1st cd every song had a drum n bass foundation in it. U can tell that they went out of there way to not repeat that on the 1st disc. "Gonna make it there and I'm here" are amazing songs. Kinda like the "I can't see why" on this cd. The 1st cd was fuller production wise and a bit more up beat. Only because of the drum and bass samples in the background. But on "About this' U can still tell it is the same band just more mature. And the sound is a bit more spare but in a good way. "Didn't have a Choice" is a masterpiece ! One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard ! Puts u in the mind of Sade but with a more futuristic twist !

Disc 2, Normally in a two disc set only one disc is relevant. Well this is the 1st time I have ever got a set were one can't do without the other.
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