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Music Matters Import

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Music Matters' is the third studio album by DZihan & Kamien and by far their most accomplished asthey explore a more melodic song based template and even collaborates with amazing vocalist HelgiJonsson.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Couch Records (Broken Silence)
  • ASIN: B0025T4YVA
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am sad to say it, but what a disappointment. "Music Matters" is unfortunately a prime example of a failed attempt to evolve musically. The thing that really established dZihan & Kamien was the virtuosity with which they produced classic Vienne lounge with a heavy influence of Jazz and world music. "Freaks & Icons" set the stage, "Gran Riserva" was their master piece and "Fakes" & "Live in Vienna" were the icing on the cake. Indeed it was time to try something new. So the two guys from Vienna ditched their trademark lounge style for... well, what? Mediocre pop songs? Let's call it pieces that sound like bad clones of Coldplay or Radiohead rehearsal bootlegs.

When I first listened to this album I though I had bought a mispressed disc. The music that emanated from my speakers did not sound anywhere like what the cover of the disc suggested (i.e. dZihan & Kamien). Only the track Bazooka confirmed that it was indeed the new DK album spinning in my player. But I gave it another go. But even after listening a third and a fourth time I couldn't warm for this album - the song writing is just too lame, the arrangements and production mediocre. In the end I decided that this album wasn't for me.

So my advice, if you hope to buy something like "Gran Riserva" or "Fakes"... stay away from this. Try something like Unforscene's "Fingers & Thumbs", an album that shows that lounge music can evolve to something more as long as you do not pull out all your roots.
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Like many d&K fans, I couldn't wait to hear their latest album. The sound developed in their previous albums is masterful, perhaps the absolute pinnacle of downtempo/acidjazz/jazz techno compiled from thought to music. Where will d&K take us next? I couldn't wait to find out...except when I did, I wish I never listened. Music Matters is not dZihan and Kamien. It sounds more like a compilation of songs cut from a pop album remixed worse than MSTRCRFT. The one saving grace of the album is the song "Bazooka," which is great and which fans will enjoy. I just hope that they didn't pick the name of the track to inform their fans that they've "Bazooka'ed" this style out of their repertoire. I'm counting on them releasing a follow up album that's in the style of what were used to, refining their perfection of modern jazz once again. Unfortunately, this album is not that.
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I was blown away by their 2002 release, Gran Riserva. This album doesn't have the intriguing atmospheres of their previous albums. This is straight forward pop rock, sometimes reminding me of Rufus Wainwright vocals. "I Wish" is a great song. The instrumental "Bazooka" is more like the dZihan Kamien I expected. They've switched gears towards a new direction, far from Freaks & Icons.
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I feel that dZihan & Kamien must have made a bet with some very dangerous people and lost. The terms were, "if you lose, you must stop making amazing music!". Anyway, this album feels foreign, it feels cold, unpassionate, and under produced. If you listen, I mean truly listen to dZihan & Kamien on tracks like Where's Johny Sabatino, Stiff Jazz, Gutenmorgenduft, La Bossa Arabica, Before, and many many more you will hear a complexity in production that is second to none. This album has none of that passion none of that ingenuity or soul. It was disappointment followed by yet more disappointment each time I selected the next track. *sigh*

In their previous releases you will hear an eclectic yet solid mesh/composition of style, regional influences and instruments. You will hear something nearly magical in comparison with some of their peers. It was an acid jazz/downtempo/electronic classic lo-fi-ish treasurebox if you will. This type of "lounge" music if you will is easy to listen to at low volume and ignore. However, if you take a second and turn it up and pay attention you find this depth and complexity that is very unique and also very, very addictive.

I have purchased every previous release and I consider myself an avid and loyal fan. Here's to hoping the next release is a return to the golden days of Gran Riserva and Freaks & Icons. I fell in love with their music after hearing "Where's Johny Sabatino" on Groove Salad back in 2003. The album "Music Matters" was a swift kick in the chest in all regards. In my opinion the music seems "not to matter much" if this album is to be taken seriously. Sadly, a bunch of my favorite artist have traveled the same horrid pop fusion path. The one with all of the terrible singing, flacid lyrics, and this...
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This was the biggest musical disappointment of last year for me. Along with the lounge band "Boozoo Bajou", Dzihan & Kamien have moved so far away from their original sound that the new album doesnt even sound like them. Gone are the brilliant lounge grooves, atmospheric chords and sexy rythms of "Freaks & Icons", "Gran Riserva" and "Fakes". This album sounds more like a once great electro band trying too hard to make pop rock music. Not one track on this cd worth mentioning. Sad, because they were so unique in their approach to music, and had such a distinct style that you would know a D&K track the second it came on. Oh well. At least Thievery's "Radio Retaliation" was awesome.
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