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Bran Van 3000 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005ATGJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Astounded Feat. Curtis Mayfield
2. Loop Me
3. Montreal Feat. Youssou N'Dour
4. BV3
5. Discosis Feat. Dimitri From Paris & Big Daddy Kane
6. Go Shoppin' Feat. Eek-A-Mouse
7. More Shopping Feat Momus
8. The Answer Feat. Summer Rose & Dizzy D
9. Jean Leloup's Dirty Talk
10. Loaded Feat. Big Daddy Kane
11. Speed
12. Predictable
13. Senegal Feat. Youssou N'Dour
14. Dare I Say Feat. Jean Leloup
15. Stepchild Feat. Badar Ali Khan
16. Love Cliche
17. Rock Star

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Discosis, the follow-up to Bran Van's 1998 debut (which featured the slow-burning summer hit "Drinking in LA"), is another ambitious mix of beats and space-age pop. The stand-out track is the opener, "Astounded", which came about when main Bran-man James Di Salvio approached Curtis Mayfield, shortly before his death. Too ill to perform, Mayfield offered Di Salvio use of his archive, and the latter sampled an unused vocal to create this large, luscious and deeply moving tribute to a soul hero. For the rest, Di Salvio has recorded satirical tales of urban loving and living with some classy collaborations--Momus, for instance, doing an admirable Jacques Brel impression on "More Shopping"; Big Daddy Kane playing blaxploitation king on "Loaded"; and Youssou N'Dour singing with his customary soaring lilt on "Senegal". --Lucy O'Brien

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1 x CD Album
UK 2001

2Loop Me3:10
6Go Shoppin'2:43
7More Shopping3:02
8The Answer4:04
9Jean Leloup's Dirty Talk1:09
14Dare I Say3:59
16Love Cliché4:00
17Rock Star3:28

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barmy yet Brilliant, 2001's most essential CD. 28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This really, really shouldn't work. 17 songs encompassing virtually every genre under the Sun. By rights it probably should be an incoherent mess. But, somehow or other, this is not the case.
Maybe the best case in point is "Stepchild". The song combines an acoustic chill-out start, a laid back dance feel, spoken word vocals backed up by soulful singing (in African perhaps? I'm not entirely sure) before turning into a Muse-style rock-out, but the whole thing is blended so seamlessly you don't even notice.
Maybe the key to the brilliance of this album is that, whichever genre BV3000 tackle, be it 70s soul ("Astounded"), folk (the closer "Rockstar") or even Steps/Abba-style pop ("Love Cliche"), they sound like they are the masters of, rather than light-weight imitations as is so often the case when bands attempt this. The combinaion of ambition and brilliance is an exciting one.
Perhaps the album's very-finest moment, however, is the five and a half-minute long epic "Speed". It can only really be described as the kind of song a fictional band on a TV programme would pull out of the bag at the last minute to take them from being on the verge of failure to glorious success. Most brilliantly, though, just as it seems to be reaching its climax, the rapping comes in and takes it to another level. As the rap appears to approach its climax, the drums take it to an even higher level again.
And all this is not to mention the gorgeous "Loop Me", the sublime "Dare I Say" and the superb three-songs blended together run from "Shopping" through "More Shopping" to "The Answer", the opener of which is a delightful reggae track, the middle filthy, funny and oddly reminscent of the "Pet Shop Boys" and the latter a mind-blowingly fantastic hip-hop/dance experience.
Intelligent and fun, thought-provoking and enjoyable, this album is an absolute delight. There's nothing more to say but go out and buy it. Now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great disco-influenced follow up album 21 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
I think this album is great. The BV3 lets-do-every-genre approach to the last album ('Glee') is more concentrated here with a Disco vibe. We're not talking Chic- or recent Daft Punk-disco though, just music with a beat to get you dancing around the 'floor.
Stand out tracks are plentiful. The first three tracks get the album of to a strong start: 'Astounded' (feat. Curtis Mayfield), 'Loop Me' and 'Montreal' (feat. Youssou N'Dour). There's a slightly off kilter middle couple of tracks ('Go Shoppin' and 'Loaded'), after which we get back on track with some cracking songs and killer melodies. From 'Senegal' through 'Love Cliche' to the very last track, we're back on familiar and very pleasing territory.
There is some slight bad language, as with their last album, and some tongue in cheek digs at other artists in the lyrics (most notably Bruce Springsteen in 'Speed'), but as long as you understand it as humour you can disregard it.
In short: a great, feel good album guaranteed to please a range of pop and dance music fans. Only let down by a couple of annoying tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved Bran Van's previous album, 'Glee' and was extremely excited when this one came out. Upon listening though, I thought "what on earth have they done?" it sounds nothing like Glee, and I was quite disappointed. However, something about the track 'Speed' caught my attention and urged me to listen to the album again. And again. And again. I now rate this as one of my favourite albums of all time. The beauty of it is you will not like it on first listen, but this music expands your mind and takes it to new places you never thought could exist. So Mr 2 stars at the top of the page there- polish the dust of your copy of the CD and give it another go. Trust me- you won't turn back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid follow up 18 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Most people only know Bran Van for the single Drinking in LA and their album Glee was mostly left unnoticed. Glee was a fantastic genre-mixing debut and Discosis only shows their talents more. The first single Astounded is worthy of becoming a dance classic, with its mixture of strings with a great vocal sample. As with Glee this album varies from Hip Hop, Dance and Slow Rock joined together with musical interludes. The album includes many featured vocalists, which helps each track to be unique and keep the sound fresh. The whole album is blended together superbly and acts like one whole track. Unlike many albums around its got a large number of tracks hence a long-playing time, and there is no filler at all. Standout tracks though include Astounded, Loaded, Rock Star and Step Child. On the whole it's just more of the same from their previous works. But for once that's no bad thing. Five Stars.
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