Red Snapper's unusually effective mix of acoustic double bass & drum riffs with club techno/electronica made them one of the most original acid-jazz groups of the last 10 years. Highly adventurous, often genuinely exciting, and occasionally bizarre, all of their albums deliver but this, their last, is something special.
Superficially a posthumous compilation of seven "left overs", a couple of live tracks and a previously hard to find remix, it bears all the hallmarks of a "let's tie-up the loose ends up - for dedicated fans only" release. But, it's not... for, despite its unpromising credentials, it is in fact a cohesive and quite brilliant soundscape of everything that made Red Snapper so good. All of the new songs are up there with their very best, with several exhibiting a mellower and much richer development of the sound textures that made their previous albums so distinctive and with the incredibly haunting acoustic-electronics of "Mountains and Valleys" providing an unforgettable highlight, both live tracks show just how drivingly good their music could be, and the Sabres of Paradise mix of "Hot Flush" is an absolutely unmissable club classic.
Arguably their most satisfying and enjoyable album it's a "must buy" for any Red Snapper fan and, for anyone who wants an introduction to their music, it's the best place to discover what all the fuss was about. Most groups go out with a whimper but in this case they most definitely left the best `til last.