What can I say?! This must be surely be some of the greatest chilled out, uplifting trance music that I have ever heard! From beginning to end the eleven tracks provide a whole range of different muiscal flavours and emotions. These range from downbeat, relaxing numbers like Leaving Town and Sunstroke to massively euphoric, fast-paced tunes such as Red Skies, Offshore '97 and Lost You Somewhere. The style is unique and can be listened to by anyone who desires music which gives you an inspirational, uplifting but relaxed feeling. Personally I believe this is excellent music to have on in the car or to listen to at home after a particularly stressful day, chilling you out while at the same time not sending you to sleep.
What encouraged me to purchase 'Far from the Maddening Crowds' was the strength of Chicane's second album 'Behind the Sun', which I bought beforehand and can also highly recommend. Having not really heard of Chicane before but being practically bowled over by the brilliance of the single Saltwater I purchased both albums, mainly out of expectent curiosity . I immediately realised I had heard the excellent, and addictive sound of Offshore many times before-not knowing who had produced such a great tune or what it was called. I was certainly not dissapointed with the other 10 tracks on this album, all of which have grown on me over time.
Finally I can't stress enough that this is one of those albums that come along so rarely, one that you can keep listening to and never get bored of. In fact I find I am enjoying it far more now than when I bought in July 2001. Worth every single penny that you pay for it! A simply 'must have' for all connoisseurs of great music.