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Man Mountain [CD]

Blue States Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000069B51
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Metro Sound 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What Weve Won 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Only Today 6:070.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Bare Bones 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Season Song 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Man Mountain 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Winfield Audition 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Double Speak 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Halfway Highway 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Adrift 4:190.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

If you're bored with the predictability of what passes for chill-out music these days, (more Vangelis anyone?) welcome to the wonderful and esoteric world of Blue States. With his second album, Man Mountain, Greek-born Londoner Andy Dragazis continues to mine the John Barry-esque seam he so successfully excavated on 2000s Nothing Changes Under the Sun. With a gentle sleight-of-hand conducting, everything here could grace a European art house movie from the late 1960s, (think Riviera views and white drop-top E-Types). However, although simple and pretty on the outside, there's something odd and unsettling rustling through these songs that stops them becoming mere pastiche. "Metro Sound", all gossamer strings and laconic guitars is a gentle breeze of an opener, but what follows blends the majesty and grandeur of, say, Zero 7 with a little of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys. It'll chill you out, but I defy you to sleep tight. --Paul Tierney

Product Description

CD Memphis Industries, XLMCD155, Digipac 12 Track 2002

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's with these other reviews? 13 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like many other people, I bought this album on the strength of the previous one 'Nothing Changes Under the Sun' - and I had to remind myself that when I first got that album it took several plays before it grew on me - it was exactly the same with this album.
This is not an album you should review after a single play - there's no rush to be first on Amazon! Give it a little time and you'll find there are some great tracks (some forgettable ones too - as with any album). The style is definitely different here - with more variety than NCUTS. What's impressive is there are proper songs on this album, rather than just instumental tracks with a few words over them. 'What We've won' has got a great build up (and is my fav track), while the ensemble singing in 'Season Song' is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall'. The songs really shine out over the instrumental-only tracks, perhaps this is where the other reviewers tripped up on this album.
In short if you liked NCUTS as much as me, I doubt you will be disappointed with this album. Give it some time, because the artist has moved on - let's hope it's not without his fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 29 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is starting to become something of a habit, seeing people reviewing things on Amazon purely on the basis of a previous album that the artist has done. As with Kinobe's outstanding second album, 'Versebridgechorus', this album is being slated for being different to its predecessor. I have no idea why, as 'Man Mountain' is clearly fantastic.
This is the only Blue States album I have, so I am reviewing it purely on its own merits. It's smoother and silkier than a very smooth and silky thing in a silk shop, and unlike some, I actually enjoyed it from the first listen. Very lazy beats combine with sublime acoustic guitar and piano work, some brass, electronic sprinkles and strings. Some parts of it vaguely remind me of the awesome Air soundtrack to 'The Virgin Suicides', but not as dark or dramatic, and with longer tracks (The Virgin Suicides is fantastic but too many tracks are cut short). The vocals on a couple of tracks are excellent, but the music itself is way better - just the sort of thing to laze around to, always engaging, thoughtful and funky but never becoming a boring background like some chill that you find.
I actually consider the aforementioned Kinobe album to be way better than their first, so when I increase my Blue States collection I am geared for disappointment - This album is very impressive, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes quality chilled music such as Kinobe, K&D, Thievery Corporation, St. Germain, Zero 7, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul 19 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
At 43 i am perhaps one of the older reviewers for this type of music.My interest started after going to Ibiza a few years back.
Being a big fan of Zero 7 and Air i was pleasantly surprised when i bought NCUTS.Its a mighty fine album.
I bought Man Mountain a few months ago and feel its as good as anything the 2 previous groups mentioned have done.
The use of Tahita Bulmer as vocalist in many of the songs especially for me Only Today and Adrift was a stroke of genious.There is a warmth and depth to her voice which works fantastically well with the rich orchestration of a terriffic album.
A close your eyes and let the music carry you to a higher level album.
I liked the album so much i decided to buy there latest album The Soundings.Every group has to grow i guess but for me they took to big a step away from the music i love them for.
I thank them for the pleasure they have given me with there first 2 albums and i hope for there sake they can create a new fan base for the new music or that fans stick with them regardless.
If it doesn`t work fellas start writing film scores you`ll make a mint.I wish you all well for the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb arrangements 13 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on a whim when I saw how cheap it was. I have to say that I was mightily impressed. It really keeps the interest going with some damn fine arrangements. And the towering Season Song is on repeat right now.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountains below us, the heavens above... 26 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Listening to "Man Mountain," with it's lush orchestration, broad cinematic sweep, infinitely catchy tunes you can't help draw comparisons to the likes of Zero 7 and Goldfrapp. Mainly because once again here we have an album of exquisitely crafted songs with plenty of heart and soul.
I must admit to being initially pleasantly surprised to see this album featuring far more vocals than the debut LP "Nothing Changes." These sweetly melancholic vocals provided by Tahita Bulmer permeate throughout and there is even a choir on the blessed and uplifting "Season Song."
It's not just more of the same from Blue States, "Man Mountain" is far more impressive and on a much grander scale than it's predecessor... and that album was essential, so you decide!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a grower 2 Mar 2003
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
I read the first couple of reviews of this album and almost let them put me off getting this album but, after another listen to the first album, I simply had to judge it for myself. After the first couple of listens I have to admit I was dissapointed, it just didn't grab me at all. But after a few more chances it really, really grew on me. It doesn't quite match the quality of it's predecessor Nothing Changes Under the Sun but it's still a very good album.
The highlights, for me, are the opening track - Metro Sound and Season Song. Metro Sound could have easily fitted on to Nothing Changes... a nice slow beat with some blissful strings on top. Season Song is more representitive of this album. The impressive vocalist who performs throughout is backed up with an almost childlike chorus to create a really great sound.
If you liked Nothing Changes... you should definitely get this album. It's a bit darker and you might not be instantly impressed but persevere, it really is a great album once you get to know it.
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