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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Modena Records
  • ASIN: B003G2GP9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Barefoot
2. Middledistancerunner
3. Come Back
4. What am I doing here? Prt 1
5. Giants
6. Poppiholla (5am)
7. So far out to sea
8. Where do I start?
9. From where I stand
10. Hiding all the Stars
11. What am I doing here? Prt 2
12. Titles

Product Description

Product Description

Giants, the fourth album from Chicane, follows on from the Greatest Hits album which has now been certified 'Gold'. It features the hits "Poppiholla" , "Hiding All the Stars", "Come Back", and the new single "Middledistancerunner".

Chicane enjoyed three weeks in the top ten with "Poppiholla" and the new single "Middledistancerunner", featuring the vocal talents of Adam Young, has already gone top 10 in the club charts.

Chicane is songwriter and producer Nick Bracegirdle. Despite being responsible for some of club land's biggest anthems over the past decade Nick is not a DJ. His song writing and production talents are the reason why artists like Bryan Adams and Cher asked him to produce tracks for their albums. He has remixed tracks by William Orbit, and BT.

BBC Review

It's quite a surprise to see a new album from Chicane. Nick Bracegirdle and occasional supporting cast were last seen releasing a greatest hits set - The Best of Chicane 1996-2008–a suitable time to put a cap on a career in anyone's book, and before that were a measly three albums in a decade. Trance acts were never meant to have much of a shelf-life or much of a profile at all, but Bracegirdle obviously feels that Chicane have something more to give.

What that is isn't entirely clear, as Giants doesn't bring anything obviously new to the table. Chicane found their niche early, with 1996 debut single Offshore defining the Euro-trance sound as well as the sonic palette Bracegirdle would continue to draw from for a decade or more. The thing is, Offshore could slip onto Giants without a whiff of a 2010 remix; the same insistent pulse still drives the majority of tracks, the same softly parping synths, the same unthreatening ambience.

That's all good if you're soundtracking an Ibiza sunrise, and let's face it, much of this will. Chicane themselves haven't taken a bow there since 2002, but mild yet insinuating single Middledistancerunner, featuring a lovely relaxed turn from Owl City's Adam Young, could provide a triumphant return–and we all know Poppiholla, Bracegirdle's rejig of Sigur Rós's Hoppípolla, turning drama into lullaby. It's heard here in a more soothing mix, subtitled 5am for good dawn-on-the-beach reasons, and melts into the general drift.

Taken as a whole then, Giants is a rather bloodless affair, emphasising taste and mood over thrills and spills. But there's the odd jolt. Gary Numan's Cars riff shakes you out of torpor on Hiding All the Stars, and reality show soulman Lemar offers up his best Seal impression on the second part of What Am I Doing Here?. He's convincing too, bringing heart to a pretty slow-burner. Then there's Come Back, a more dynamic house track built around a sample from Paul Young's clunky 1983 hit Come Back and Stay.

And that's just it–guest input and borrowed themes are the real liveners here. Otherwise, Giants is an unobtrusive backdrop, pleasant to be around but not much of a distraction. It has its place.

--Matthew Horton

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Colin Leslie Smith on 3 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I don`t think there has been an album so eagerly awaited by the fans of Chicane as there has this one. It has so much to prove and to banish the Easy to Assemble / Somersault era, that followers of Mr Bracegirdle`s work have waited with baited breath to see what would emerge from his studio. Well, after an initial delay we now have our answer... GIANTS..!
Gone is the euro-pop awkwardness of the previous offering, here we have a sublime return to form as the sound we already knew and loved from Behind the Sun and Far from the maddening crowd seeps seemlessly into this latest work. There are a couple of nods to the Somersault days but thankfully these are very limited, although in defence of Somersault there were a couple of decent tracks on there (Spirit, The way im feelin`. Its very obvious from the opening track here that Chicane has returned back to where he belongs. "Barefoot" is classic Chicane, slow to build with every little bit of added layer but wonderful to behold when it reaches its peak. "Middledistancerunner" (why no spaces i wonder?) is catchy, a good mix of old/new Chicane and wonderful Adam Young sample - a good choice for a single release, and indeed i would urge you to check the different mixes on I-Tunes. "Come Back" isn`t in the same league and does feel like a rather poor attempt at a commercial track for club play, it does not fit in well with the album, but having said that, its one of those you can`t help tap your foot too. "What am i doing here PT1" is a bleak, haunting track which reminded me a little of No Ordinary Morning from the Behind the Sun album, nonetheless it was perfectly acceptable here. Did i detect the same track layer from Middledistancerunner used again in here..?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Faisal Ahmad on 22 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a great comeback return of the trademark sound of CHICANE!!! The sound takes you on a journey through magical bliss, very reminiscent of "Far From The Maddening Crowds" and "Behind The Sun"...An emotional ambience is felt through every track that uplifts the mind, heart, body and soul...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloobee on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having been a huge fan of "far from the maddening crowds" as a recent graduate setting out in life ("Red Skies" was a personal favourite), listening to "Saltwater" from "Behind the sun" some years later and absolutely loving it, I was horribly disappointed by "Somersault". It was more like a backflip and landing on their head.

Then, recently, while driving down the fast lane of the M1, somewhere near Sheffield on the way to Cornwall, I heard Poppiholla (5am). It was like an old friend from years gone by just showing up, and saying "a up, how's it going?". New, fresh, but reassuringly familiar. And absolutely perfect music for about 70 mph on a clear road.

It is worth buying this album just for this track. Like all that's good about trance music condensed into 5 minutes. Like a layer cake of music, it starts with an embarassingly simple drum beat, a fine sprinkling of the signature soft synth, then a layer of gently insistant piano. A pause to savour the flavour, not quite to silence, followed by a robust reprise, a bit more velocity on the piano, and a few more layers of synth.

To be short, it's an incredibly simple track, but I've not heard anything as perfectly formed in ages, possibly either Orbital's swansong, "one perfect sunrise", or maybe something like "textures" by Robert Miles. There's some other pretty good tracks on this album, but buy it for Poppiholla.

So, Chicane, welcome back. You were missed.

p.s. By the way, the bbc reviewer who berated it for not having something new was missing the point. He'd have loved Somersault, no doubt. Sometimes what you want is a new mix of old flavours, not something totally new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tommer on 10 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Chicane's problem is a problem that occurs a lot in music... the first album offering is too good. FFTMC was a massive album, I think it is the only electronic album that I can listen to from start to finish paying attention to each track along the way, it's just brilliant. The 2nd BTS was great as well, the 3rd Easy to Assemble wasn't so hot and Somersault, I can only really remember the great track 'U R Always' and the fairly ok Stoned in love. It has just felt he got lost along the way, moving away from what made the first 2 albums so successful.

You can tell by the first track in Giants that it's more of the old sound chicane. The album is a little patchy. For me the highlights are:

Come back - It's uplifting and sounds quite fresh
What am I doing here pt1 - Nice vocals and tempo
So Far Out To Sea - if you took the vocals off (which I think don't really add that much to the track) this would be like a FFTMC or BTS bonus track
Where to do I start - this caught me off gaurd, the voice is very angelic and has a nice trancy feel
From Where I Stand - very solid and something that would fit in at a club well

the negative

Poppiholla (5am) - this is a good track, I kinda like it but feels so cheesy and it came out ages ago
Hiding All The Stars - bad, worst on the album, again too big a sample

Overall - Get it if you like chicanes old stuff or electronic in general. I personally think it has too many vocal tracks that are sometimes nice, can often be too cheesy and just unnecessary.

I would usually give an album like this 3 stars but he gets an extra for making an album more like what the fans wanted.
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