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Erotic Rhythms from Earth
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Audio CD, May 8, 2001
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If the afterworld includes a red-light district, Erotic Rhythms from Earth would qualify as its soundtrack. The third recording from Austin, Texas programmer/multi-instrumentalist Shane O'Madden beckons you into an off-focus world of amorphous boundaries, one that hovers somewhere between eternity and soft-core carnality. Offering an assortment of quirky temptations too intriguing to resist, O'Madden blurs Middle Eastern textures (principally generated via violin) and ambient electronic wayfaring with sultry, unhurried trip-hop textures, subtle female cooing, and understated rhythms. It all combines to exude a beguiling mood of faint danger and fashionable decadence, where the final destination is a bazaar of hidden, delicious pleasures. If the disc's arresting cover image speaks to you, so, too, will this exotic, oddly accessible slice of imaginative trip-hop. Worth repeated plays are the mysterious, X-Files-in-India groove of "City of Pleasures," the propulsive beat of "Falling from Grace," the spray of colored light stirred by the growling rhythm of "Organic Beauty," and the erotic whispers of "Clear with Fantasy." The whole thing is strangely seductive. --Terry Wood
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5 x 0.25 inches; 2.83 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Earthtone
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Earthtone
- ASIN : B00005B1HE
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #295,367 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I highly recommend all three, though perhaps this one is my favorite. His lush, middle-eastern influenced melodies, combined with modern, sultry beats make this CD the perfect album to put on anytime you want to enhance your mood -- or upgrade your friends' musical tastes.
The overall feel of this album is a bizarre mix of hazy sunset urban mood and a dark red-light district urban dance feel throughout the album. Mainstreamers can move on because there's nothing that is generic on this album. In the music on this album, a massive splash of seduction, energy, and sexual energy flow in every one of these 11 tracks.
"Move Me Slow" is an incredible track with a slow trip-hop rhythm not too much unlike what one might hear from a Massive Attack record (Thinking "Angel" from "Mezzanine") and has a chilly afternoon urban mood.
Being the album that it is, the title could not have been more perfect. This gets my nod as one of the sexiest, most energetic and greatest albums of 2001. A pity that it's so hard to find nowadays because it is so wonderful and wonderfully chilling. Highly recommended.