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CHICANE / SOMERSAULT

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  • Audio CD (23 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B000QGE784
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stoned in Love
2. U R Always
3. Come Tomorrow
4. Nothing
5. Arizona
6. Spirit
7. Far Away From You
8. Turning Corners
9. Way I'm Feelin'
10. Time of Your Life

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1. Stoned in Love
2. U R Always
3. Come Tomorrow
4. Nothing
5. Arizona
6. Spirit
7. Far Away From You
8. Turning Corners
9. Way I'm Feelin'
10. Time of Your Life

BBC Review

Nick Bracegirdle - Nick to his close friends; Chicane to the wider world - must be feeling a little miffed.

You see, back in their heyday, Chicane's relaxing beats were synonymous with this time of year - for Balearic party-goers, Chicane's tracks were as important to the morning-after ritual as a clutch of Paracetamol.

But, since 2000's Behind The Sun, Chicane's musical output has completely dried up.

And, now, much to Bracegirdle's frustration, the summer he finally gets round to releasing Somersault, Chicane's long-awaited follow-up album, turns out to be the wettest summer for decades.

It's already ravaged Glastonbury and tormented followers of Wimbledon - but is the rain set to be the proverbial spanner in Chicane's comeback plans?

After all, it's hard to imagine 'Come Tomorrow', the album's second single, going down too well in this climate. It's a stellar track, but, with its humming synthesisers and lazy, elongated vowels, it might have to make do with being the chill-out anthem of the-summer-that-never-was.

Opening track 'Stoned In Love' should fare a little better, thanks to a surprising appearance from Botox playboy Tom Jones MBE - hardly a regular on the golden sands of Ibiza, Chicane's spiritual heartlands.

Admittedly, there are some tracks that'll take more than a shift in atmospheric pressure to save them (the worryingly vacant 'Arizona' for example), but, for the most part, you can't feeling a little bit sorry for Chicane.

For, on the whole, Somersault is a pretty steady album, albeit a little uninspiring at times. And, with things as they are, along with the mountains of BBQs and suntan lotion which clutter supermarket aisles, Somersault probably won't be flying from the shelves too quickly. --Robert Jackman

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 26 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
What can you say about this album? For anyone that knows and respects FFTMC and Behind The Sun, Somersault is a clear departure from the sun drenched chill out sounds of Offshore and the pumping trance epic Saltwater. Like the unreleased Easy To Assemble before it, Somersault it is a slightly confused album with a very euro-pop sound. Whilst it is extremely well produced, the songs just are not strong enough to hold the album up, and nor are they in the typical Chicane style. Whilst all Chicane fans appreciate The Bracegirdle wanting to experiment with pop guitars and drums etc, you cannot help but feel that he cannot really emulate it and have a Chicane sound at the same time.

Overall, slightly dissappointing, and whilst, like another reviewer, I do admit to tapping my foot now and again, the album is such a departure from his style to be comfortable, with most of the songs seeming to be almost hollow sounding.

In truth I probably should give it 2 stars, but as a true Chicane fan it would feel like i was betraying a man that I truly respect.

Go back to your true music style Nick.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Gundry on 27 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been waiting for this album for a very long time. FFTMC and Behind the Sun are two of my favourite albums of all time. I was instantly drawn to the poignant melodies, beautifully layered ambience and particularly in the last album, unusual and distinctive vocal peformances with fine lyrics. No body does it better..or used too.

This album manages to retain some of the former Chicane flair, most notably in the characteristically polished production. Gone however, are the ambient instrumental soundscapes, the poignant melodies, and the beautiful and unsual songs that made Chicane such a distinctive act. These have been replaced with a sequence of boring, unforgetable radio friendly euro-pop songs. I imagine this will be very popular with Radio 1 listeners. The female vocal performances have largely been dumped in favour of male vocals, provided by Jack Starks, who at times sounds like one of the Gallagher brothers trying to do a dance mix. I'm not adverse to the use of guitars in dance music, the slightly harder edge to the sound is fine and probably a necessary progression, but the beauty and magic has gone. This is pop music pure and simple. Catchy, Ok to drive too, but bland, souless and ultimately unsatisfying. Which after the two previous master pieces, comes as a very bitter disappointment.

To add insult to injury, the album has 10 tracks - which as radio friendly pop songs are mostly about 4 minutes in length, some less. The glorious 6, 8 and 10 minute anthems of the last album have also disappeared. This really is Chicane Lite! And value for money it isnt.

Frankly, I'm appalled. What have you done Nick? Why have you done this?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spooky on 14 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I didn't get this as soon as it was released, due to some negative comments from fellow Chicane fans, however how wrong I was. What we have here is a a great album, with some of the tunes admittedly containing some elements of pastiche without falling into the trap of downright plagarism. It's as if Coldplay, Oasis, Radiohead, Travis and more had been 'Chicaned' on several of the tracks, although there are the 'traditional' Chicane mix & sounds more purely expressed in others. 45 minutes of genius, given that it is a teeny bit tangental to Maddening Crowds or Behind the Sun. A worthwhile set, that with repeat play will get into your DNA, just like the previous masterpieces!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Walsh on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been an absolute Chicane addict for years now and I had so long awaited this album because I was absolutely desperate for my next 'fix'. Chicane is the only music I have that makes me want to burst out of my skin, cry, laugh, love the world and disolve into inexplicable feelings when I listen to it - every time I listen to it!

It's Chicane's outstanding and astounding combination of inspiring and emotive vocals, depths and layers of perfect, thrilling sounds and beauty that makes the music so wonderful and it's THAT Chicane that I needed so desperately but alas, alak, that era seems to have passed (but I certainly hope not!)

I am not discounting that this is a good album, if you had never heard Chicane before, or you weren't searching for that very specific Chicane sound, you'd love it so well done to him for changing his sound - there's nothing wrong with that, but now who should I listen to to get that same feeling?

If anyone can please point me in the direction of an album or artist that is the same type of music as ETA and FFTMC, please please (email me) and let me (and other desperate seekers) know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Burgoyne on 26 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well, I have listened to the album almost continuously for 2 days now and I cannot make up my mind whether I like it not. One thing for certain its not as good as the first 2 albums Nick has made. I can fully understand any artist trying different styles but short cheesy pop songs produced in a european style is beyond me!! Nick I think you have gone to far. A couple of tracks namely the last one and Arizona Part 2, will not satisfy the listeners of FFTMC. The production is excellent and I do find myself tapping my feet every so often, but I find myself wanting the tracks to be like Chicane and not some European wannabe. Nick do yourself a favor, take a leaf out of BT's music portfoliio and develop your strengths and not your weaknesses.
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