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Charango [Limited Edition]

Morcheeba Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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On most recent album Blood Like Lemonade, Paul & Ross Godfrey re-unite with Skye on vocals for the first time since 2002, restoring the original inimitable laidback charm that made Morcheeba the mainstay of many a chill-out session.

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  • Audio CD (7 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: China Records/East West
  • ASIN: B000068OSP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2CD

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 27 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is great. Once again Morcheeba have excelled themselves to produce an album that is exciting and vibrant. The usual eclectic influences drawing from blues to hip-hop to orchestral film scores makes Charango a stimulating album that still maintains a "sing-along" pop awareness.
A number of the tracks are outstanding, including the funky 'Otherwise'. On a few tracks Morcheeba have skilfully collaborated with a number of various musicians and artists. Notably, the hip-hop legend Slick Rick wrote and performed the humorous 'Women Lose Weight'.
If you liked Morcheeba's previous work, you are certain to enjoy Charango.
FACT: The name 'Charango' refers to a small ten-string lute that originated in South America and is traditionally made from an armadillo shell!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This 7 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a fun and slickly produced album. It is well put together but without suffering from the over-production that it's predecessor "Fragments of Freedom" suffered from. The song that stands out most on this album is the uptempo-comedic Slick Rick collaboration "Women Lose Weight".
Most of the album however is more chilled and down tempo, and wouldnt seem out of place on the trendy 'chilled' compilations that have been doing the rounds recently.
As you can always expect from Morcheeba there are some extremely strong melodies in here and you will be singing along in no time. A brilliant CD for the drive home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive, hypnotic, lyrical trippy jazzy blues 8 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're in the huff with your ears, buy them this as a pacifying gesture and do yourself a favour at the same time. I went to see morcheeba on Friday night, bought this after the gig and have played it at least eight times since. This is not just an excellent morcheeba album, but also has great colaborations with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Slick Rick. A great disc, despite a couple of pretty anodyne, anonymous tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
After the hiccup of Fragments of Freedom, this is Morcheeba doing what they do best; lush vocals, haunting melodies and a sense of quirkiness in their lyrics. A definite must by for fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your coffee table 1 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD is even more dreamy and moody than Big Calm, and seems just as good to me. The accusation that Morcheeba make coffee table music doesn't do justice to the blend of pop, bossa, blues, country and hip-hop they present here. As previously, it's Skye's vocals that make the record. The duet with Kurt Wagner on 'What New York Couples Fight About' stands out and makes me want to check out Lambchop's records. The Slick Rick track 'Women Lose Weight' is funny without being too much like a novelty record. There's also a bonus instrumental CD which more or less replaces the vocals with bluesy guitar.
Basically, this is what you've been hoping for since 'BC'!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morcheeba - Charango 27 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Charango is the fourth album to be released by Morcheeba (released no 1st July), and there have been great expectations and a number of questions raised by it's impending release, after the new direction they took for the third album, 'Fragments of Freedom'. Would Morcheeba find another new direction? Would they go back to their roots? Would they continue in the more upbeat, poppy path they had taken? Thankfully, the answer is a kind of combination of the two options.
Morcheeba have realised what they do best: Hip-Hop with a laid-back, trippy edge. The first track, 'Slow Down', sets the scene perfectly, it's so laid-back as to be almost horizontal! It's also a welcome return of Skye's original vocal style, which is haunting, chilling and beautiful all at once.
However, this isn't simply a rehash of their older works because Morcheeba are definitely trying new things, most notably on the title track, which actually derives it's name from an instrument used on it - the Charango is a small guitar traditionally made of an armadillo shell! Other tracks which show off new styles are 'Public displays of affection' and 'What New York Couples Fight About' (A duet with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner.) Other highlights of the CD include the sublime 'Aqualung' and the new single 'Otherwise'.
On the whole, this is their most organic sounding album, it is both a return to form and wholly original. Full marks for Morcheeba - their most accomplished work yet.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liquid Voice, Great Beats . . . 12 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
Believe me, this is a very very good album. Morcheeba are purveyors of silky, funky, string and guitar driven music. I can think of no other group that when i listen to them i think nothing except "This is just good music - pure and simple". It's one of those albums that if you listen to it when you have never heard it before you will be able to appreciate it even if you aren't really into that kind of music. Think of your parents lambasting you when you thought groups like The Beatles were c**p. This music, like The Beatles is good - there's no argument.
The way i see it, is that this album sits in my music collection amongst gangster rap and trance and my mates are quite critical about music they hear for the first time, they had absolutely nothing to say about this. And i mean nothing, they didn't say if they enjoyed it or not - they just realised that it was good music.
Guest appearances by Pacewon and Slick Rick are obviously a high-light but it was definitely Skye's liquid voice and Ross and Paul's hip hop influenced funked up beats that sold me this album.
Why 4 stars then, you ask? Well, quite simply, nothing is perfect.
Buy it because it will make you feel as if you appreciate music, the same feeling you would get by buying an expensive French wine even though you don't really know which wines are good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best...
Sounds like they were on auto pilot for this record, much the same as previous material and not much to stand out from it.
Published 5 months ago by Markle
5.0 out of 5 stars love
i love Morcheeeba
amazing music
but then again it is a matter of test

there is really no more I can say, even if amazon whats me to write more more and more
Published 14 months ago by luca t
5.0 out of 5 stars Morcheba Charango Chillout Disc
I heard this disc sometime ago and found it on Amazon. Really good quality item with several listed.A typical chillout mixture of Salsa/Ballad/ slow R&B. Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by paclgi21
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky and witty
Another great album from Moorcheeba. My favourite track must be 'women Lose Weight'- you'll have to listen to it, to see why, but it is great fun. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2011 by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
An absolutely fantastic chill album. First heard whilst watching the snow was falling in Chamonix and it was a perfect accompaniament. Buy it.
Published on 4 April 2011 by Peter Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is another great CD from a funky and intelligently witty band. Beautiful female vocal over a lovely funky backbeat. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars Now that's better....
Album number four for Morcheeba.

A stylish effort with far more class to it than the coffee-table blandness of its predecessor. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2006 by Merry Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Just sit down and relax
This new album by Morcheeba is very much different to their previous one, Fragments of Freedom. Charango is very much more laid back; it’s the kind of CD you would put on as... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2003 by "chilledbarbados"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I haven't heard the other albums but i definitely love this one...very smooth and chilled but also very funny, especially "Women Lose Weight". Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2003 by "houmimiura"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a 5-star Morcheeba
Hmmm... Having already purchased Big Calm and Fragments of Freedom, I had high hopes of Charango. And indeed, all the high-gloss components are there - Skye's dreamy voice,... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2003 by Andy Millward
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