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Coco (2 CD Set) Import
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The two CDs are originally thought of as one with tracks that can be danced to and one with tracks just for listening. Nevertheless the line between those two approaches becomes blurred in Parov Stelar s newest compositions. The album makes your feet tap more and more with every track. The musician himself sees the whole thing as a book for musical readers which is classically defined in introduction, middle part and end. Because of downloading hit numbers on downloading platforms the listening in to albums and thereby reflecting on less prominent tracks, is lost. Parov Stelar sets Coco as a statement against this habit. Apart from two cooperation-tracks with the saxophone-player from his live-band, Max The Sax, Stelar has cooperated with six singers from different genres. This again gives Coco a characteristic, one and only feeling.
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Truly his most complex and colorful work yet, Coco is an addictive audio-feast. Evoking images of 1940s film noir and detective mysteries ("Hurt"), Disc 1 enters familiar territory from previous LPs Rough Cuts and Seven & Storm. The moody instrumentals tell stories almost as emotionally as the sultry and smokey vocals of featured artist, Lilja Bloom (returning from the album, "Shine").
Not featured in his previous LPs, this time around Parov is able to switch gears and shift into two hip-hop tracks. Here the 1930s slide into the passenger seat as melodic background samples, while featured artist, Blaktroniks, takes you on a funky joy ride with "Let's Roll". A few mellow tracks help balance out Disc 1 with a chillout, downtempo pace. "Letoile" takes a minimalist approach with its gentle piano/synthesizer and soft beat, while Max the Sax provides fleeting saxophone riffs that quietly take center stage.
Pumping new life into old jazz, Disc 2 boosts the beats and brightens the horns. Unlike his previous LPs, this is a disc that "can be danced to" as the sticker on the cover amusingly advertises. Upbeat songs, like "The Mojo Radio Gang" and "Catgrooves", keep your hips swinging and your foot tapping.Read more ›
This is an excellent 2-CD album, filled with great tunes. Some are real hardcore electro-swing like Libella Swing and some are different. It's really hard to explain, but the music is all quite excellent, and a lot of fun to listen to. Like I said,
Now, I do have one complaint is that is about the tune Matilda. It includes a recording of someone yelling "Come on in here, motherf___ers!" over and over again. (I think it's Al Pacino from the movie Carlito's Way.) This got me into trouble with someone who was riding with me and her small child. The album probably should have an Explicit Lyrics warning.
But, that said, I really do enjoy this album, and have listened to it more times than I can count! I really, really like it!
Coco is able to combine the trance effect of house music with actual dancing found in Jazz and Swing.
Coco's music is not entirely new, you have un-doubtfully heard many of the titles in TV commercials or movies such as "Catgoove" in the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan hotel commercial.
The two CDs that encompass the Coco seem to be divided into two purposes, the first is for the "ears"; it seeks to find the best possible jazzy electro sound.
The second CD is meant for the "body", to drive that instinctual need to move and dance.
The first CD has voluptuous tones best heard in the title "true Romance," mixing electro-pop with sensuality sounds all while keeping the Jazzy tones, thanks to the saxophones.
The second CD is faster paced, with accelerated bass play, which has one goal, to make you jump up and dance. The songs are all based on a Jazz background with somehow a nightclub setting, which induces nothing less than pure euphoria.
This feeling found in both CDs is further heightened by the songs working within each other, in the sense that every title starts where the last one left off.
The creativity of Parov Stelar and his band in Coco is astounding. Coco successfully bridges a great gap in generations between the 1950s, 1960s jazz fans and today' house/electro generation.
This album will thrill all ages and a must have.
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Plenty of timeless tracks with electronic touches. CD 1 is an eclectic collection of chill tracks. CD 2 is full of feel good, get up and dance music.Published 4 months ago by Chris
Bought this on a whim. Was not disappointed. It's now one of my all time favorite CDs!Published 11 months ago by Darrell
Parov Stelar was the first electroswing artist I found a few years ago. His style is varied however, also encompassing a bluesy, dark motif. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jerry McKinney
Entertaining pop music but not quite the electro swing I was looking for. One of the two discs does have some good modern swing to it, but the other sounds more like 80's pop... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jonathan Carr