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Giants [CD]

Chicane Audio CD
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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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Barefoot 6:040.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Come Back (Original Club Mix) 7:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. What Am I Doing Here? (Part 1) 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Giants 7:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Poppiholla (5am Mix) 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. So Far Out to Sea 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Where Do I Start (Album Mix) 4:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. From Where I Stand 6:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hiding All the Stars 5:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What Am I Doing Here? (Part 2) 6:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Titles 4:260.79  Buy MP3 


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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of CHICANE!!!!!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, heavenly bliss....!!!! 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Form 15 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
After the patchy Somersult...Chicane have returned back to what has made them so popular and unique. Gone is the attempt at Rock/Non-dance tracks and back in are the sunlit deep instrumentals like Barefooft,Titles and Poppiholla (5am). The 5am track adds a very calm and dreamy spin on what is a well established and popular track that was released a year ago.
Gone also are Somersault's short and sweet under 5 minute tracks, here the tracks are longer and layered with different textures that take their time to build over an extended length, they are given room to build, to ebb and flow and ultimately the payoff is sweeter for it.
On this album it is the vocal tracks that stand out...gone are the predominant males vocals of Somersault and now we have female vocals that suit and compliment their dancey instrumental back ground better.
It is also clear that Chicane's songwriting has taken a giant leap since Somesault as well...the euro pop sound is replaced by the well constructed and thought out dance music that he was revered for.
There are so many stand out tracks to choose from...So Far Out To Sea features a haunting female vocal set back into a dreamy downtempo soundscape that swells and swirls around you. From Where I Stand is an uptempo dance number that has to be a future single...it is impossible to get out of your head. Where Do I Start is a bouncy summery number that is familiar yet new to those that know their Chicane tracks. Middledistancerunner is a great track with a great vocal from Owl City's Adam Young (look out for the disco citizens remix of the track which improves on the album version). Again MDR is impossible to get out of your head once listened to.
Of the two part What Am I Doing Here it is Part 2 that really excells...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional album... 11 Dec 2010
By Phil H
Format:Audio CD
I couldn't disagree more with the BBC review (does my licence fee pay for this rubbish?), this album shows that Chicane has reached maturity in their own time. This is an absolutely sure-footed release and every single track is strong in it's own way. There are some great ambient tracks here harking back to Madding Crowds, some fresh sounding trance and a great 80's electro vibe that works really well. Also worth a mention is the production quality - the sound just leaps out of the speakers. You can tell every track has been crafted, every waveform carefully positioned in the stereo field. For me, this is a stand out CD of 2010.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! 11 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As someone who does not often give reviews, this is one of those rare exceptions ....

Though I'm someone who is well into their sixth decade I have always had (what I am told is) an eclectic taste in music. I am not going to write diatribes about this, that & the other about this album.

I will say just this ...

If you, dear reader, like this genre of music, THIS is a definitive album - just buy it, don't fanny about ...

My only comment to Mr Bracegirdle; you shouldn't have called it 'GIANTS' - maybe 'THE DOGS B#**O!K!' would have been more apt ...

Should you now decide to call it a day, then this album will, in my eyes, stand as a landmark.

Should you decide to continue, then I have concerns about how exactly are you going to follow it...

Go on, prove me wrong ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Have played this to death
Published 2 days ago by James Cameron Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars This Chicane album will not disappoint!
This is a fantastic album from Chicane; a superb mix of chill out & dance tracks & some vey clever remix compilations - I thoroughly recommend this album & if you're not an avid... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's not common in this kind of music do something new and great after more than 10 years of activity. Chicane have made it.
Published 5 months ago by Emanuele Merlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Giants
my favourite of all my Chicane CDs. Can really loose myself in it. Full of mesmerising tracks to listen to over and over
Published 8 months ago by janet
5.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
not as good as the earlier stuff but worth buy if you like Chicane...this is all i wish to write on this cd
Published 13 months ago by joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars More Trance
A good album. Several tracks stand out but they start from a base line of good... I do like the title track, "Giants" and also "what am I doing here".
Published 13 months ago by Ben Mottram
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Yet another one of chicane, so I decided to download the album a good listening all round album, I have even bought the CD for my car
Published 17 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not up to the quality or originality of his other albums
By far the best track on this album is track 11 - What am I doing here? Prt 2, however even this track is somewhat ruined and let down by the repetitive and pointless lyrics, this... Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by The Chief
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigantic track marks by the chicane!!
Chicane have a real knack for sticking comfortably to what they do best- subtlty, modernism with an air of confidence. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by DiscJockey
5.0 out of 5 stars chicane the best
I cant stop playing this c d
I love it
I think chicane are the bestGiants
my husband loves it too.

and no waiting AMAZON sent cd as promised
perfect.
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by lafont
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