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Meta-Message [CD]

Kirsty Hawkshaw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nettwerk Productions Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B000AR9YJG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meta-message - Kirsty Hawkshaw 10 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the much anticipated, long overdue debut artist opus from the unquestionable talent that is Kirsty Hawkshaw. Having been responsible for many proto dance classics as a founding member of Opus III, such as club classic "It's a fine day", the mesmeric "When you made the mountain" and the Perfecto anthem "Hand in hand", which was covered by Grace in 1997, Kirsty has gone from strength to strength.
The album itself kicks off with the powerful original version of "Just be", a remixed version of which appeared on Tiesto's second album of the same name and saw a single release last year. Produced by the legendary Jimmy Gomez (aka James Wiltshire), the producer responsible for remixing to perfection many a bona fide club classic (see "Last Rhythm", "Careful" - Horse, "Looking at you" - Sunscreem), Gomez' production is invariably a polished affair which is accentuated by Hawkshaw's soul searching vocals. The track itself is highly poignant and was co-written by '70s songstress Judie Tzuke, who also wrote the track "Dreaming", which was released in 2000 by BT featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw. She was also responsible for Lucid's downtempo mini classic "Stay with me till dawn".
The next track is a truly hypnotic remix of 1992's "Fine day". The track has been remade by the prodigal James Holden, whose remix is nothing short of breathtaking - arguably his strongest work to date aside from his own production "Nothing" which was released in 2003. You may also be pleased to hear that Holden's remix is featured in full length format
Third up is Kirsty's new single "Reach for me". Composed by, of all people, Jamie Cullum, it is a surprise to learn that this is the first single to be cultivated from the album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "voice" many well never hear! 15 Nov 2005
By R. Wallace VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was (at one point) the sole & proud reviewer for Kirsty's only other solo album "Out", a beautifully crafted CD that could only hint of the massive voice that became Kirsty Hawkshaw and until recently could only be bought via Japenese import (a tragic sign of the times with our pre-fabricated British music industry!).
In fact the only negative note to bear in mind with reference to Meta Message is that most music shops will not even stock it!! The rest is just pure undiscovered & heartlifting genius! I cannot add much more than the previous reviewer (who summated matters superbly), suffice to say that if Hybrid, BT, Tiesto, Zero 7, & Delerium do it for you, then this CD is a MUST have in your collection. Little wonder (along with Jan Johntson) BT regularly flies our Kirsty abroad to record - reason why? Well no-one, repeat no-one quite captures the spirit of harmonic and melodic trance, dance, chill-out call it what you will than KH -she has the ability to turn an average song into a classic and her phraseology and range are literally jaw-dropping!
So, go on, impress your friends, buy this CD, play it and get lost in the undiscovered (after all these years!) genius that is Kirsty Hawkshaw! Brilliant and 10 years overdue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously underrated 16 July 2012
By NG
Format:Audio CD
What an album. I must have played it 50 times. Every time it gets better. Profound, moving, hypnotic. Every song slightly better than the previous, something only the really great albums achieve. In my top three albums ever.
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2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed 18 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've loved all of Kirsty's work up till now, especially those tracks with Way Out West, BT, Hybrid etc so had high hopes of this album and bought it on the strength of the first track. Unfortunately the rest of this album left me sorely disappointed. With the exception of "Black out" which is previously released and "reach for me" which is completely incongruous on here, the other tracks sound like demo outtakes which have hastily had some extra production thrown in to fill up the space on the album. The style I would describe predominantly as derivative amateurish trance and in places the vocals sound like they are improvised and are actually quite of tune in places. It's as if they didn't have to time to do a retake of the vocals and had to make do with leftovers from other projects. The other producers mentioned above would never have put their name to such sloppy work. It's a great shame.
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After hearing a lot of Kirsty featured in various 'other artist' albums her vocal quality impressed me enough to buy one of her own albums. It's been a rocky ride trying to get on with this album though, because it's not what I was expecting. She's possibly best recognized for her performances with DJ Tiesto on the tracks "Battleship Grey" and "Just Be". The very first thing that threw me was that the version of "Just Be" which opens Meta Message is not the Tiesto version. And, as most people will know, any Tiesto mix is neigh-on unbeatable. The version on Meta Message simply isn't as good as Tiesto's mix - and that immediately got me disappointed, quite possibly coloring my enjoyment of the rest of the album on first listen. Fortunately I've given the album a few more chances and it's starting to grow on me.

The second track is a James Holden mix of the classic "Fine Day", which does a lot to recover from the disappointment of the first track, yet still doesn't equal some of the better mixes I've heard. The third song "reach for me" was a major disappointment, feeling like the sort of two-minute-to-write 'rock' smush that drives angst ridden teeny-bopper girls to reach for their wallets in order to part with cash and credibility. Track four is an improvement, and I could see it quite happily gracing a Hed Kandi Winter Chill. Things get properly back on track with the 'everyone knows it' version of "walking on clouds", the pulsating energy and airy vocals feeling like the powerful relief of touching dry land after spending a few minutes flying at 5,000ft in the Wright brothers airplane.

As it turns out, it's only the first half of the CD which presents problems, and even then only to those who are used to the better mixes which have graced dance-floors for years.
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