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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0055CASR8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Scenester, shape-shifter: is Dev Hynes - now appearing as Blood Orange - a Zelig-like chancer or a gifted chameleon? If the jury remained divided over his output with art-noisers Test Icicles then his twitchy country-rock as Lightspeed Champion, it should leap up and whoop now. Coastal Grooves is fabulous. Slinky, noir, 80s-influenced dance-pop, it makes all the right decisions, by accident or design. It's better at being Metronomy than Metronomy are.

Suspicion is justifiable: now relocated to New York via LA, Hynes hangs with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, writes/produces for X-Factor loser Diana Vickers (and Solange Knowles) and always pops up in the fashionable place at the fashionable time. (He was even in Florence's Machine for a while.) He claims to be "always broke", though how broke you have to be to relocate to the States with the Knowles sisters on speed-dial is baffling to most economists. Still, a great record is a great record, and he's finally made one. This fact is even more curious given that a 2010 throat operation compelled him to adopt an entirely different singing technique: his subdued falsetto here works a treat with the languid, precise rhythms and faintly sleazy (a good thing) vibe.

Coastal Grooves emanates from a terrific fading disco you've stumbled across on the wrong side of the wrong kind of town. While shafts of sunlight peep in that might evoke Chris Isaak (twangy guitar fills; Blondie's Atomic is another reference) and even mid-period Japan and their Art of Parties, most of this is sinister, sexy pop disguised as innocent, frothy pop. The brilliantly seductive Sutphin Boulevard knows it's locked into a fat, irresistible groove and milks it astutely, residing somewhere between Roxy Music's Lover, Queen's Another One Bites the Dust and, er, Metronomy.

The chirpier, cheekier numbers jar, but S'cooled (not the only song written from a female perspective, it begins: "Oh I was a lonely girl...") is luxuriant and enticing. Complete Failure is like Robert Palmer playing Cameo, while The Complete Knock is The xx attempting Queen's Flash. It's really that entertaining. He's found his voice now and he's coasting. A winner.

--Chris Roberts

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Blood Orange is the current alt-persona of Essex boy Devonte Hynes
who set off for New York City with his belongings slung across his
shoulder on a stick to record his new album 'Coastal Grooves'. He has
said that he wanted to make a bunch of songs "...that could be sung
by a drag queen". The characters he has conceived to tell these tales
leap into being fully-formed and draw us into their poignant stories.

There are ten numbers in the set. The sound is full and jangly with some
fine guitar playing, strong melodies and highly evocative lyrics. Mr Hynes
has a good voice which rides fairly high on the stave and brings his
creations to life with not inconsiderable elan. Sometimes almost a whisper
- the lovely 'S'Cooled'' and occasionally a more full-bodied delivery -
the curious Japanese-spageghetti-western confection 'Can We Go Inside',
(a notable highlight) wherin he spins a tale with vivid authenticity from
his female protagonist's perspective. The gently funky final track
'Champagne Coast' has an especially satisfying groove. The floating vocal
harmonies are beautifully crafted. All-in-all a splendid musical feast.

'Coastal Grooves' lingers long in the memory and generates
considerable empathy for his colourful cast of marginal souls.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 1treehillbilly on 30 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Every track is a corker....this albums just sucks you in...Stick with it after 3 listens you wont stop listening. Prince meets Ennio Morricone meets Ariel Pink meets John Maus..One of the best albums i have ever heard and ive had a few :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Golding on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
To me, this album sounds like a cross between Lloyd Cole style vocals and 50s retro guitar riffs, and it works well. There isn't a track on the album I dislike. I would recommend this album to anyone who is totally out of touch with what's in the charts (like me) and dislikes all the boy-band, big band, tribute band popular tripe which is around these days!
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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Groovy indeed 25 July 2013
By 3rd Day Believer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is so much fun, simply a first-rate exemplar of modern beats and unexpected moods. No time to go on at length. Sample this and if you like what you hear you can't go wrong. I actually play CDs on an actual 5-CD turntable (people, I have a superb vintage stereo, and mostly I play through my 1985 Pioneer PD-65 single-disk, through my Crown stack, into my Rectilinear Highboys, so I am not downloading anything here, and neither should you be)--and to me the sound of a great album is when I rush over to the player and go "What the hell is this?" which I did twice here. Excellent stuff, and if what the cool kids are saying is true--that dance music of this variety is now the thing--you're looking at a prime example of why, right here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best kept secret type stuff 2 Mar. 2012
By Jason Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For some reason, no one I know has ever stumbled onto this album. Many people are familiar with his post-punk group Test Icicles and some people know about his folk project Lightspeed Champion, but this Blood Orange project is the one I really hope lasts. It's pretty much a dead-on copy of early Prince, except broken down a bit to just a vocal/guitar croon over a drum machine.

If you like this album, I suggest you also hunt down the songs "Dinner" and "Bad Girls" and add them to this album on your iPod, if you can find them, that is. At least check them out on Youtube...this album is great, but those two songs are still a tad better even.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
SWEET BABY JEEEEESUS!!!! 21 Aug. 2012
By daftchild89 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album has such a cool vibe. Its like someone took early Prince mixed it with toro y moi's style, added some cool 60s guitar and gave it a shake and out came this glorious fresh album. I hope this dude keeps making music under blood orange. It works beautifully. This album is definitely in my top 50 albums of all time. Cool vibes. And btw the first dude was right. Download "dinner". Fantastic track!
The man is versatile 29 Dec. 2013
By TROYWD22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Versatile to his own styling so being it collaborative r&b style lounge songs on this album that draw you into the story to his other hard core garage band were you are waiting for then to trash everything in progressive screaming chords.

This man knows music and how to mix them and how to build a story and mood were you want to listen from start to end.
The albums nuanced and hope he doesn't get bored with the Blood Orange moniker.
good cd 22 Jan. 2013
By Rene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great CD, several good songs on this album - if it had Bad Girls and Dinner I would be a 5 star CD.
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