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Smoove & Turrell are back with their second album Eccentric Audio. All questions about a difficult second album are brushed aside with the first listen which shows John Turrell at the top of his game lyrically and vocally, while Smoove delivers a timeless production that references but never mimics the greats of soul, hip hop, jazz and rhythm and blues. More focused than their first album, tracks like Money are influenced by the politically aware black music of the 70's while the incredibly melancholy Wasted Man owes as much to songwriters like Nick Drake and trip hop like Massive Attack as it...
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 0.39 x 4.92 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Jalapeno Records
- Original Release Date : 2011
- Date First Available : May 6, 2011
- Label : Jalapeno Records
- ASIN : B004YJZD14
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #578,557 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Now there are several easy highlites for this album alone. "In Deep" is an excellent example of how (in this modern age) to produce sophistifunk style music. The production is extremely clean,the bass line POPS out rather than bubbles along and the keyboards flow right into place in the dance-disco/funk groove. On the more wah-wah powered "I Need A Change",a similar and somewhat more polyrhythmic approch takes hold as Turrell sings of...something we could all use to do these days: take a vacation from our whirlwind lives and look to other possibilities. "Broke" takes the whole disco-funk thing into a more heavily reverbed place. Again the end product of materialism is a theme to this song and counters the music in a very suitable way. Taking "It's The Falling In Love",long associated totally with Michael Jackson and upping the tempo to a taut sophistifunk groove..well musically and even to a degree vocally this is how one could imagine him having done it at a faster pace.
"Gabriel","Wasted Man" and "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" are the more ballad type tunes on the album but again their melodic sophistication and lyrical depth really make them work. That numbers such as "Higher",Hard Work" and "Let Yourself Go" all have similarities to some of the songs on their debut hardly matters. For one,the productions aren't as loud and aggresive and this gives them more genuine soulfullness and funk. One key a person will find in making great soul and funk is the use of space. Not necessarily minimal instrumentally. But space between bass,drum and keyboard parts to give everything more added spark and flair. And on this Smoove's productions give you a good deal more of that. So in both senses they've grown significantly since their debut. And if one musically shows as much promise as this combined duo does,growth is a very key factor.
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Every track is a joy from the geordie duo and these guys SHOULD be big abd hitting the charts.
Criag Charles championed band that needs to be up there with the big guns.
Heartily recommend this very talented twosome and band.
Extremely good album worth buying and this has played many times over in the car whilst traveling, well worth buying.