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The Shanghai Restoration Project

The Shanghai Restoration Project

March 6, 2007
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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By Amy Croshaw on April 15, 2007
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This CD is truly fantastic. Their music is fresh, funky yet chilled. There isn't one track I don't like. They are the best, most original new band I've heard in ages.
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I love when I run into music that I have not come accross before. My wife had Tract 8-Babylon of the Orient when she got her MP3 player and loved it. I checked out the rest of the album and decided to get it with no regrets.
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I will admit I was hesitant when I first heard about this CD, and this group actually, I tend to lean toward classical. However if you really want to be amazed defiantly purchase this album. It sounds a bit overwhelming when you read that it is a fusion of 1930s Shanghai Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop and the use of traditional Chinese instruments. All of these elements blend together beautifully, in fact this album is seamless. Not only does it have an excellent beat in each song and a range of instrumentation but it has layer upon layer of sound. You can hear every influence of these different genres in each track. You get that very cool Asian influence with the traditional Chinese instruments but a very crisp and clean bass from the hip hop influence. Not to mention the vocal artists, which are phenomenal. In all honesty it's a musician's playground, it sounds wonderful.

My only recommendation is that as you listen to this album avoid doing so in a library, you'll find yourself tapping your toe, clicking a pencil on the desk or the worst case scenario dancing as you grab your references from the shelves. Unless that's your style just don't trip over someone's bag.
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This album is amazing. Perfect for lounges and relaxing time.

My favorites are: Miss Shanghai, Babylon of the Orient, Lu Xun, Avenue Joffre, Pudong New District and The Bund... Pretty much all the tracks. :)
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This review is for shanghai restoration project special edition which is mostly all instrumental. the regular shanghai restoration project is not instrumental and i dont find it to be as good.

In summary, it is an excellent excellent album and i highly recommend it to anyone. It's amazing, creative, refreshing, and new.

So i was listening to Pandora. I generally listen to lounge music when i'm chillen because it can be relaxing and not distracting. While listening to Pandora, the song "babylon of the occident" came on, I heard it and had to have it.

I went to youtube to listen to more of this song as well as others from their album. After i went through numerous songs without finding one i didn't like, I immediately got this album. I love every single song on it. The instrumentals are amazing, I can not get enough of it. I listen to it all the time, in the car or at home chillen. The weird thing about it is that it can be relaxing but at the same time get you going if you are in the gym.

It is a good mix of electronica, hip hop, pop, and jazz as the description states. When i heard the band name i was a bit hesitant because i thought of old slow chinese music. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all, it's just something i wouldn't want to listen to all the time in the car or at home. The stuff that shanghai restoration project puts out though, is nothing of the sort. I could definitely listen to it over and over again without getting sick of it.

Go to youtube and check out some of their stuff since there is no song samples or previews on amazon, then come back and purchase this album.
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This album has such a sophisticated sound and it's very creative. I haven't heard a fusion of music like this before. Truly East meets West. I love all the tracks. If you have the chance, make sure you listen to the Reinterpretations album. They've re-recorded a bunch of tracks from the CD.
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I heard a sample track of this CD from a friend of mines and love the blend of traditional music, jazz, hip hop and easy listening to this CD. I am glad to have gotten this CD and am waiting for another sequel.
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Have you ever imagined blending Chinese traditional music with jazz, hip-hop, and electronica? Well, that's what the Shanghai Restoration Project did, and it's very awesome! Dave Liang, who is Chinese American and the producer for this group, was inspired by the Shanghai Jazz bands of 1930s when he visited Shanghai in 1997. So when you listen this album, you feel the strong Chinese traditional atmosphere and yet very unique sounds. There are various vocalists and very catchy and addicting electronic beats. The only one thing I don't like is that lyrics are simple and too repetitive, but it is okay since no one had ever tried this kind of music before. Highly recommended whoever likes listening Asian musics!
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