Cafe Del Mar - Volume 8
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The 8th edition was compiled not by Jose Padilla but by other Djs, Peter Neville & Ben Cherrill. Well, I don't say they're bad Djs, but they didn't make an outstanding album anyway. The reason for this is here. All but one song are incredible, setting your mood to different heights. But only one by one. They don't make a whole piece of music as in previous compilations. Each part of the album (prologue, the middle and the end) are too overextended, lasting for 2-3 songs. Besides, the edge between these parts is very palpable what makes this CD like ordinary compilations of "easy-listening" music. With Jose Padilla music was floating very gradually from the very quite, meditative to even sometimes hard-beat, very rhythmic music.
A very pleasant presence here of Goldfrapp with their "Utopia", a thoughtful, mystic song. Thomas Newman's "Any Other Name" feels much like soundtrack music, with a scratch-like-noise sound what makes this track very warm and lovely. Afterlife presents us their "Sunrise" - great song for sitting on the beach with friends and looking on the moonlight in the sea. Dido with her "Worthless" surprises us with an unusual for us sound, which we can't hear on her "No Angel". Here the music is more alternative, with strong, enigmatic beats and vocals. Very interesting work! Mari Boine with her "Gula Gula" gives the album the most mystic, unforgettable touch. Mark de Clive-Lowe's "Day by Day" I'd skip.Read more ›
The main problem is the jarring styles jammed on to this and the other disc, you have reggae, samba/latin, jazz, R&B, soul, trip hop, new age for goodness sake, the obligatory French female vocal (beloved of all chill) vying for your ear. The sum is not more than the parts here, if someone made you this compilation out of their music collection you might think it was Ok, but not to shell out serious bucks for. This particular compilation delves dangerously close to some new age soundtrack for meditation. For example, the famous Thomas Newman piano piece is a bad choice. The bane of a thousand movie soundtracks its very sad, and will make you weep into your pine colada. Then this is followed by a jolly summer day "Girl from Ipanema" style samba-acoustic guitar piece. Yikes.
Compare the genius of Thievery Corporation or Kruder and Dorfmeister for making something thematically unified, which just "sounds right", out of other people's songs. Here, however, you are painfully aware that, "now its time for the cool "French" vocal, now its time for the reggae one, etc."
Look, if it works for you fine ambient, pleasant enough for the beach, but its just not the transcendent experience all many reviews [make] it up to be. But I think the Cafe Del Mar series has worn out its welcome after the departure of uber chill meister Padilla.Read more ›
So on to Volume 8. Manifesto have such faith in the 2 DJ's that compiled this that they are not even given a mention on the front - only in small print on the back.
The track selection and sequencing is poor compared to the standards set by Padilla. He had a talent of being able to bring together a diverse selection of tracks but all with a common Balearic feel and sequenced them brilliantly so each one rolled off the other. Not the case here at all. What Dido and Thomas Newman have to do with Ibiza I don't know. I'm sure if it weren't for Jakarta's "American Dream" being such a hit then the American Beauty theme wouldn't have been included at all. There are the some of the usual suspects however - Afterlife and Lux with very strong offerings. However, the overall feel of this compilation is quite dull and it seems to meander directionless until it reaches the incredibly dull and depressing "Gabriel" by Lamb.
In between there are a few tracks that make it worth the purchase (just!!!):- Tattouage blue and Pina Colada come to mind
No doubt there will be another Volume next summer to cash in on the reputation the series is built up. Lets hope it is better than this.
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A collection of various artists with a smooth, electronica beat. Great ambient music. I'm a professional artist, and I use music like this in the background in my studio.Published 15 months ago by Henry Mann
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We are music collectors. We enjoy classical, jazz, new age, soundscape-type music, jazz-fusion etc. We found the combination of songs on this CD to be an inharmonious blend. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by SoundPuppies
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