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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Impotent Fury/XL
  • ASIN: B00006C77O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Return To Patagonia 8:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nice Weather For Ducks 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Experiment Number Six 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Closer 7:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Curse Of Ka' Zar 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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As anyone who's heard their exuberant debut album will tell you, Lemon Jelly are no ordinary chill-out act. Here the eccentric duo present their second full-length outing Lost Horizons, and it's every bit as good as their acclaimed debut, Lemonjelly.ky. Inhabiting a world of almost limitless playfulness, Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin make the sort of brassy, beautiful downtempo music that leaves the listener desperately trying to suppress a goofy grin. You see, Lost Horizons is that rarest of things: a focused, humorous and exciting chill-out album that stands up to repeat listens. Often this kind of tongue-in-cheek chillage can sound dull and contrived (or, worse, sickly and overbearing), but Lost Horizons is anything but tedious. It simply bristles with shimmering, sunny instrumentation (jaunty acoustic guitars, skippy beats, tinkling pianos, oh-so English brass band fanfares… even the odd harp), while quirky, oddball samples lurk round every turn ("Nice Weather For Ducks", for example, is a country-funk shakedown based around a sample from a children’s nursery rhyme). From the percussive space jazz of "Return to Patagonia" to the seductive, sleepy closer "The Curse of Ka’zar", Lost Horizons doesn’t so much glimmer, it positively shines. 2002’s best downtempo album? Almost certainly. --Matt Anniss

BBC Review

The thing about Lemon Jelly is that they just can't get away from sounding like Lemon Jelly. Which I suppose is quite a good thing. It's this instantly recognisable mood and swing which captures the ear - allied with trademark breaks and loops dug from dusty records they found at their Grans'. They focus on what's important in life and Lost Horizons shines just as brightly as anything they've done previously.

Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen enjoy life as Lemon Jelly. The three elegant 10 EPs that went to create the first album were quietly successful, appearing on numerous TV shows and ads. Now, with the energetic single "Space Walk" already reaching the farther echelons of the top 40, it looks like Lost Horizons will be casting its net in the same direction. This time, its just got a bit bigger.

From the smooth horns of opener, "Elements", to the effervescent "The Curse of Ka'Zar", you can tell that Lemon Jelly have definitely got it sussed. Weaving a merry dance through tracks like the Charlton Heston narrated "Ramblin' Man" and the children's nursery rhyme of "Nice Weather for Ducks", Lost Horizons is packed full of nifty little samples, beautifully crafted with distant electronica and crisp beats.

From the sound of trumpet fanfares, to wisened harmonica and flutes, Lemon Jelly have retained their organic roots, and delivered an album which, though weighing in at a mere 8 tracks, is still jolly good. Inspired by the Avalanches (or is that the other way round?) and with a sneaky grin flicked at DJ Krush, Lemon Jelly trade somewhere between accessible cut'n'paste and hard-core, coffee table action.

Lemon Jelly albums reflect an inspired and delicate view of feel good. Joined with their graphically designed images adorning the pages of countless magazines and the expensive collectors editions of their records, the boys are gradually turning themselves into a brand. Creating beds for radio shows and their prominence on TV and adverts continue to fuel their ever increasing profile. This is happy music made for cosy afternoons tucked up on the sofa and if you're looking for something that'll give you a bit of a spring in your step, then you really couldn't do much better.

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Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "eccentric_squirrel" on 1 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Lemon Jelly about 6 months ago, when a wacky friend implored me to listen to "Nice Weather For Ducks". The track started with...a nursery rhyme sung by an operatic man. I could have easily stopped the track and told my friend (who I was chatting to on msn at the time) "Uhh...no...". However, before I'd had chance to type up my disparaging comment, the song changed. Suddenly it was not a corny old rhyme- it was a nice chillout melody. How had this happened? I carried on listening and halfway through the track WOAH! it changed to a samba style with such a catchy percussion section I HAD to grin idiotically and dance along. And that was it- I was converted. Lemom Jelly had weaved their spell and I HAD to get the album for Christmas.
It didn't fail to please. Although, Nice Weather for Ducks will always be my favourite, all the other tracks are so skillfully made that you can listen again and again and never get tired of it. There are some people who claim that Lemon Jelly are boring and that nothing happens in their songs. Fair enough if that's their true opinion, but I have found that most people in this frame of mind haven't listened to the album properly, or came to it determined not to like it. Lost Horizons is perfect to chill out to, or for doing homework, or just merrily playing in the background. It always puts a smile on your face (especially the Ducks track- gotta love it) and I defy anyone to listen to it and not feel happier. It truly is the musical equivalent of prozac.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JJB on 9 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD as a recommendation and have been unable to stop playing it ever since. Quite simply it is the best chill, electronic, ambient, whatever you want to call it, album I have ever heard. The highlight is Ramblin' Man, a sublime journey of sound which is both thought-provoking and melodic. An absolute classic in every respect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cloudberry on 25 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have my son to thank for introducing me to this album - thanks Tim. He told me I would probably like this and he was right.

I understand the review which Ms C Rees wrote. I voted in agreement with her, because I could see how she could reach the view she had. However, having played it a few times over the past days, I can honestly say that it is very, very good. It is better than most chill-out albums and I do like LJ's style, where there is some impish fun, which makes it more warm-in than chill-out!

after these many plays, I can only pick out the first three tracks above the rest - "Elements", "Spacewalk" and, particularly, "Rambling Man", but the others - "Return To Patagonia", "Nice Weather For Ducks", "Experiment No. 6" (hmm, strange and a little chilling, but excellent), "Closer" and finally "The Curse of Ka'zar" are all great sounding tracks.

So, persevere and it will grow on you. It really is a great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPS on 5 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Lemon Jelly by accident. And, boy, am I glad I did. Lost Horizons is wonderful. It's an album that makes you want to cheer. It's beautifully crafted and it's fantastic fun. (I hope it was meant to be!?)
Consciously or unconsciously, Lost Horizons is jam-packed with little nods to everyone from Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul and Weather Report to Eberhard Weber, Michael Nyman and Roy Wood (not that I'd normally put Michael Nyman and Roy Wood in the same sentence). Each track is very different from its neighbours and yet the whole thing hangs together extremely well.
Do yourself a favour, buy a copy now while you are on-line. In fact buy a couple of copies. The first person you play it to is probably going to want to borrow your copy - and you probably won't get it back.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hill Walker on 1 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
... this is pure blissful delight. Absolutely great at parties for making people smile loudly. Can't wait for previous album to arrive having just ordered it on the strength of LH which I only heard a few months ago. Thanks to my friend for introducing these guys to me. SMILE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on 25 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm new to Lemon Jelly, and now I wish I'd discovered them earlier. I'm listening to the album now, and it infuses me with this wonderful sense of well being. Listening to it reminds me of the feeling I got from watching Amelie, my favourite film of last year - feel-good without being sentimental. Like Amelie, it's beautifully constructed, humorous and original.
I particularly love the flutes on Rambling Man, but there are gems like that all over the album. The guitar work throughout is delightul for instance.
Wow, I was going to submit a nice balanced review, but it's taken me over. Forget Prozac, buy this album!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "richardnspence" on 21 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like your music chilled out and slighty bizarre then this could be the stuff for you.
Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen have done it again, if you've heard any of their previous EP '.ky' then you'll have a pretty good idea of whats in store. And if you think you haven't heard it, you probably have. Tracks like 'In The Bath' and 'The Staunton Lick' are used on numerous TV programmes and adverts alike (In The Bath is the Motorola Ad music).
Lost Horizons begins with 'Elements' where we are treated to a typically English voiced gentleman listing elements over a looping acoustic guitar riff and a deep bass line. It doesnt take long for the almost trademark trumpet sound to kick in and you couldnt be anywhere but Lemon Jelly land.
'Space Walk' kicks off with an astronauts communications complete with static, over a simple rippling piano. When it gets going its all very happy and cheery with the repeating sample telling us its 'Beautiful', and an acoustic riff reminiscent of 'Here comes the Sun' by the Beatles.
'Ramblin Man' follows with a gentle walking pace beat. Over this we get another English gentleman telling us how he's 'a ramblin man' and listing place names from Brixton to Rangoon (its better than it sounds!).
'Return to Patagonia' sees a departure from the relaxed vibe, instead we get some jazzy drum, bass and saxophone lines. Dont get me wrong its still laid back but in a different kind of way, it's definately a more up beat track but it works really well, even with the male voice choir they slip in towards the end.
What can I say about 'Nice Weather for Ducks'? If this doesn't raise a smile then there must be something wrong with you!
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