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A cheerful, sputtering radio sample opens the album, before leading into a gritty maze of electrobeats and percussion, interspersed with samples. It's heavy stuff, but still fun. Things reach their heaviest point near the end when jazz rhythms are mingled with deep vocal samples and some blisteringly raw electronic buzzes.
It gets more fun in the second song, "Velvet Pants," a vaguely jazzy song with the constant repetition, "He's got a nice body, he's wearing velvet pants... Send the first kid down, send the first kid down, and they played records."A more openly hip-hoppy sound enters with the pleasantly slackerish "360° (Oh Yeah?)", while "Winning Style" has a glitzier, faster tone.
The best songs of all are the ones with a distinctly James Bondian flair: "History Repeating" is a wonderfully overwrought lounge-dance song, with Shirley Bassey roaring that, "And I've seen it before/and I'll see it again/just little bits of history repeating!" Same with spy dance-track "Spybreak." But things reach their peak with "In Her Majesty's Secret Service," a ten minute opus that mingles majestic retro with big beat fun, complete with an orchestral brass climax.
If it sounds fun, that's because it is.
Kitschy electronica is one of the easiest kinds of music to mess up, especially if there's sampling going on. Give it a theme, and it's even harder.Read more ›
My favorites are On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bang On! and Spybreak! I heard Spybreak! in "The Matrix", and I raced to listen to some samples on the net to know if all their musics were as good as that one. The result was positive, so I bought the CD. I paid it a little bit expensive, but as soon as I listened to it, I saw that it was worth its price.
It's a marvellous combination of Techno, Rock, Pop, Funky and Hop. Everybody will appreciate at least 85% of the CD. Some tracks are even funny (like a Number of Microphones, where there's someone simulating beats with his mouth, and another track where there's someone saying "oH Nothin'!" about 15 times).
If you love techno, rock, if you like the JamesBond tunes, and remixes, then you'll love Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll.
My recommendation : GO BUY IT NOW !!! GO! GO! GO!
It gets you going and makes you happy! (warning: if you don't like driving fast don't put this in your car - it's a much better workout/morning alarm/be happy thing)
You might have heard some of this from the Matrix movie in those slow/fluid/powerful/raw action scenes.
I like many kinds of good music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Alice in Chains (Dirt), to Evanessence, and back around to Gershwin, so whatever your taste is just close your eyes, buy this, take that leap and you'll never look back.
From the first drum beats of the very first track you'll be tapping your toe,nodding your head,shaking your arms,hands,body etc.The beats are just so infectious.They have developed and enhanced the "big beat" sound to which Fat Boy Slim achieved such fame and notoriety.But this c.d. isn't just about "Big Beat"-it's funky-track 2,it's slighly laid back and got a real chilled groove-like track 5,Oh Yeah.Then of course we have the guest vocalsit and what a performance we get from Shirley Bassey on one of the c.d.'s best tracks History Repeating.With the opening chords of the most gravel sounding organ I've ever heard and then enter the jazzy rhtyhm and piano and of course that big brass sound-it's just a marvellous song.Then you've got the ambient style of song 7 Winning Style-it totally reminds me of early tracks from Orbital.
Like most dance acts they always manage to infuse a great sense of humour into the speech interludes.Propellerheads are certainly no exception to this rule-just listen to the dialogue in two songs Bang On! And Bigger-they're quite funny!Then we have the David Arnold inspired reworking of the theme of the Bond film,"On Her Majesty's Secret Service"-this track is simply astounding!!!It's got of course that sixties feel that was on the Shirley Bassey track,but I think this one is even better.Full scale orchestral sounds,tampered with that drift in and out so you don't know which is orchestra and which is them fooling around on synths.Read more ›
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It is worth the $5 just to listen to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I listen to a lot of music and I would put that in the top 3 songs I've ever heard. It's a goregous piece. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Foster
Hard to find but worth it! Music puts me in a good mood driving Velvet pants is a great tunePublished 19 months ago by Bookworm Kelly
Good quality , I've been trying to find this album for years thank you.Published 22 months ago by Larry Wilson