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Convivial [CD]

Luomo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Huume
  • ASIN: B001EP6AG8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Laidback, slick but forgettable electro house 10 Jan 2009
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
An album of fairly laid back and sincere electro house, with a bunch of guest vocalists including Jake Shears and Robert Owens.

In places (especially when Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters is on the microphone) it tilts a little bit towards a disco sound, but most of the time it is bright electro that's almost but not quite pop music. The shortest track on the album is 6'49"- each track is given plenty of time to progress, which makes some of it quite entrancing. It's all unmixed and DJ friendly. Some of it's a bit forgettable.

You can buy the instrumental version of this album as an MP3 download as well- to be honest I'd stick with the vocal version. On some tracks the vocals are pretty minimal anyway but they all fit neatly with the tracks and unlike other albums, there aren't any tracks where you think, "I like the track but not the vocal".
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4.0 out of 5 stars DIVERSE, DANCEABLE & EXCITING! 7 Nov 2008
By Rafael Cova - Published on Amazon.com
Finland's finest supplier of experimental house music, there are more of them than you'd think, returns, after two prolific years spent on other aliases, with his most focused "Luomo" effort yet. Longtime collaborator Johanna Iivanainen lends breathy sensuality to half the tracks, with Robert Owens, Apparat and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears lending extra light to the marquee. As ever, Luomo's bass lines are pneumatic and his synthesizers sparkle like a golden mist. Wintry synths, clicking rhythms and detailed counterpoint melodies prevail, underpinned by a steady house pulse. Consequently, "Convivial" is an astonishingly intimate listen.
While firmly rooted in the house/club genre, Luomo is a restless composer, whose music is full of dark chasms and sharp edges, setting him apart from the pack. He is always looking for more ways to bend the pop music rules, deconstructing melodies and putting them back together in a way that captures tension and romance in shards of polished disco. It is with that determined experimentalism that "Luomo" approached "Convivial". Check out the synth-pulsing ballad "Love You All" below to hear it for yourself. The result is probably Luomo's most diverse, danceable and exciting album yet.
4.0 out of 5 stars Luomo - Convivial 12 May 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Luomo gets back on the right track with Convivial, his fourth album, and the first to hearken back to the glory days of Vocalcity. Of course, the sultry vocals by Cassy Britton on "Have You Ever" don't hurt in the least. Apparat's Sascha Ring puts in his lyrical contribution to "Love You All," which combines his smooth indie-emo stylings with an electro groove for a surprisingly powerful effect. And on "If I Can't," Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters puts his sexiness to the test with some mellow, mid-tempo house (even if the track goes on a bit too long). "Nothing Goes Away," however, seems like more of a throwback to The Present Lover, which isn't necessarily bad, though it isn't necessarily good either. Indeed, after the guest singers, the album's energy seems to lag a bit, and not even Robert Owens (on "Robert's Reason") can bring it back all the way. "Sleep Tonight" has a funky, wobbly sound that helps revive the proceedings, even as "Gets Along Fine" wanders a bit aimlessly. Still, a good number bright moments here, even as it plays catch-up to what remains the seminal Vocalcity.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two or three amazing tracks, worth buying individually; the rest, not so much. 10 Dec 2008
By Angry Mofo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fair warning: I'm one of the people who think that the best Luomo album is the first one (2000's Vocalcity), and that Sasu Ripatti's musical output has been in steep and consistent decline ever since. I thought Paper Tigers (2006) was just about unlistenable. But Convivial was being touted as some kind of creative rebirth in the reviews, and it features lots of different guest vocalists, so I thought I'd give it a shot. In fact, the vocalists do put a lot of life back into Ripatti's increasingly boring micro-house. Unfortunately, the stylistic departures are entirely confined to the first side, and after that it's Luomo as usual.

I must note that Convivial has a few extremely good songs, probably the best Luomo tracks since 2000. "Love You All" is the most immediate and obvious highlight. The vocalist (someone called Apparat) gives a dark, dramatic performance unlike anything ever heard on a Luomo album before. The deliberately slow delivery, the yearning tone of the chorus are indelible -- the romantic mood is similar to Vocalcity, but much more theatrical. Wisely, Ripatti eschews his usual tendency to cut up the vocals and loop them endlessly, and just lets the man sing. As a result, we get an exceptional performance.

But the album's peak is actually the next track, "If I Can't," featuring Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters. I am not a fan of his main band, but his performance here is excellent. The vocal rhythm in the verses is the best pop hook on the whole album; it has a concise yet original form that Luomo hasn't exhibited since Vocalcity. Even the lyrics are pretty good, which is definitely a first for a Luomo song. The line, "you make me turn away in the name of decency" is a touching image of innocence. Shears' voice is a seductive purr, multi-tracked with wistful sighs: melancholy but sensual, like all the best techno.

Also deserving of an honourable mention is the opening track, "Have You Ever." It also has a good vocal rhythm, and the fey delivery of the vocalist suggests some kind of smoky, late-night atmosphere. The music, like the voice, is barely there, very restrained, but this actually fits the mood.

You'll notice that all my praise is going to the vocalists. That's because the music, while better than the ambient goop in Paper Tigers, is fairly unremarkable, even in the good songs. For the most part, its sole function is to provide a rhythmic backing for the vocalists; there are no purely musical standout moments. The partial exception is maybe "If I Can't," which starts with rhythm-chord stabs reminiscent of "Market" from Vocalcity. But the music has none of the dub richness that characterized that album, nor does it have the lush but firm, satisfying thump of The Present Lover (2004). The beats have less of a kick. The chorus of "Love You All" has appropriately starry-eyed strings, but the rest of the music consists of a stuttering beat and a droning one-note keyboard line not far removed from eighties dance music. Still, you probably won't notice these things unless you've been listening to the songs on repeat for a while -- Shears and Apparat are that good.

Alas, the good moments end with track three. The rest of the album is a lukewarm rehash of Paper Tigers, which itself was a lukewarm rehash of The Present Lover. The similarity becomes especially obvious after track five, when the guests are replaced by Luomo's long-time stock vocalist Johanna Iivanainen. The songs meticulously follow the template of Paper Tigers: the vocals stutter and stammer endlessly, repeating one brief vocal sample. In "Gets Along Fine," the vocals repeat parts of the phrase, "We don't get along well." In "Lonely Music Co.," they repeat, "I keep my stereo on for days." In "Sleep Tonight," they repeat, "Can you sleep tonight." In "Nothing Goes Away," there's actually a complete vocal performance, but unfortunately the vocalist is saddled with the usual awful Luomo lyric. This time, it's, "Every time I sit down and close my eyes, and clear my mind, I realize -- nothing goes away!" The music matches this level of substance with increasingly forgettable beats. The ending of "Slow Dying Places" is filled with messy bleeps and reedy synths whose musical potential had been fully explored by Warp Records in the early nineties.

That's the problem here: everything that the positive reviews say about Convivial is true, but only in regard to the first three tracks, not the rest of the album. I strongly recommend buying downloads of "Love You All" and "If I Can't." These are truly great songs. The album as a whole, however, dilutes the good parts with large amounts of grating filler. Sadly, it's not quite the reinvention it's been presented as -- it could have been a lot better if he really had used a different vocalist for every song.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortune Based 4 Jan 2009
By Human_Patch_Office - Published on Amazon.com
Before I start, (and this is not a knock on the first review and I certainly respect his opinion), I cant help but feel like the first review was a bit unfairly critical to this Album. I agree, I was extremely let down by paper tigers, but that is where I and the first reviewer part.

With that said, the majority of this album is worth your money, infact, the entire album is. If you have been listening to Luomo for some time now you will likely welcome this CD as a breath of fresh air, especailly if you somehow managed to listen to Paper Tigers for longer than a week. If Vocalcity and The Present Lover are the standards (and they are), this album stands boldly enthroned next to them. How thoughtful and rousing AGF's vocals are, and how remarkable to feature such brazen and unlikely artists that are featured on this album, and how fearfully and wonderfully made this CD is.

Is it as good as The Present Lover and Vocalcity? Of course not! But that to dismiss it would be akin to dismissing a Maserati because its not as good as a ferrari (and some may argue that point, but I hope you understand my illustration). Luomo has re-established himself as one of the greatest musicians who has ever graced Gods green earth. Lonely Music Co is worth the cost of this entire album, IMO. If your a fan of Luomo, do freely purchase. If you are not, I urge you to give this album a listen.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate, thoughtful, exciting, experimental lounge 29 Nov 2008
By Globalaza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Luomo has done it again! This cd is the latest and most vocal of their cds, but is just as well-thoughtout and detailed as previous efforts. Not as dance oriented as "Present Lover" or as in-your-face hard lounge as "Vocal City," but every bit as well crafted and diverse.

"Robert's Reasons" is both soulful and danceble, with manly house vocals and chorus that you can't help but move to. Each track is backed up by Luomo's deliberate and focused arrangements and mixing.

As the tracks proceed, I believe they get better. "Get Along Fine" is a great track that cleverly describes the problems with relationships. It builds and traps you in the superb digital mixing and simple lyrics. It is unusual for Luomo to add lyrics that tell a story. But Convivial is all story. It is capped by the magical and incredibly thoughtful "Lonely Music." This amazing song is pure pleasure with all of elements of detailed electronica, soft female vocals, manageble beats and a deep message all combining to dramatic effect.

This cd surpasses "Paper Tigers" in every way but is not as creative as "Present Lover" (5 stars) and not as hardcore as "Vocal City" due primarily to the wider use of the range of vocals. However, if you are a Luomo fan, you will not be disappointed. If you are new to them and this type of music, and like a few more 'words' to your music, Convivial is a perfect introduction.
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