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since forming in the late 90’s, kosheen have proved that success doesn’t have to come on someone else’s terms. fusing the plaintive, potent vocals of singer sian evans with the darkly intimate electronica of darren decoder and markee substance (aka kosheen djs), kosheen create songs where the sounds tell the story as much as the lyrics while the boundaries of genres are ... Read more in Amazon's Kosheen Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (17 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00005NDZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "orbit999" on 14 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This debut album from Kosheen is, to be frank, quite wonderful. Drum'n'Bass is what they are considered to be, but just about every track on this album has pop running through it. Hardcore D'n'B fans will probably not find this particularly satisfying, unless they love pop music as well, but many people will. As this album has the remix of "Hide U" that was released as a single, do not expect many of the other songs to be in the same vein. That was a House tune, more or less, and that's not what this album is about. The original version is more representitive of what it's really like.
Certainly, going by the "Hide U" remix, I would never have bought this album. It was a good song, but not enough to convince me. Then, however, came along the absolutely brilliant "Catch" and "Hungry". These are fabulous pop songs with great melodies; definite album highlights, but there's more where that came from. If you loved those two, you really shouldn't be disappointed as many of the tracks are catchy and make you want to dance, with great vocals from Sian. "Face In A Crowd" (which really deserves to be a single) and "Cover" are particularly excellent.
The single "Harder", released soon, gives an indication of the other side of this album. It's a much more chilled, relaxed affair, but no worse for it. The song is simply gorgeous, and there are plenty of others like that, almost haunting in a way. "I Want It All" and the title track, "Resist" are fine examples. Admittedly, a couple tend to drag on a bit and can get repetitive, but this isn't a major or frequent occurence here.
Basically, if you have liked all singles released from "Resist" so far, you can't go wrong. With 15 tracks (16 if you include the intro) it's a truly enjoyable listen.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By FWDL on 25 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
A lot of albums I've bought aren't as totally satisfying as I would have liked. This gets pretty close. Production wise, this is flawless - the use of unconventional sounds mean that this will keep your ears entertained for a long while to come. If you're like me and get bored by hearing the same bass, synth and string sounds through an album, you'll be pleasantly surprised here. The vocals are really nice, sitting somewhere between PJ Harvey, Sia Furler of Zero 7, Dido, and Zoe Johnston (If that's at all possible!) It's the actual songs though which really make this a good listen - a combination of drum and bass and breakbeat. which retain a good song structure throughout. Outstanding tracks for me are probably Hide U, Slip & Slide, Face in a Crowd (simply brilliant chorus), Pride and Hungry - but to be honest there's not a duff track to be found. If there was one criticism it would be the length of some of the tracks. I just wanted some of the tracks to start and end with less haste. Because of this it's probably fair to sum this up as 'intelligent underground pop music for the discerning listener' - sounds good eh?!? If you like Lamb, Zero 7, Bent, Peshay, PJ Harvey, Faithless, Goldfrapp etc then I see no reaon why you won't enjoy this. So buy it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kesh on 18 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
You know Roni Size, right? You were blown away by tracks like Heroes and Dirty Beats? Then come stand in my shoes, because that's where I am. Since the amazing breakthrough of drum n bass in the Mercury Music Prize in 1998, everyone geared up for a drum n bass revolution...well here it is. Four years late.
Kosheen have come along and within six months, redefined the art of drum and bass music. To the point where even I fail to see how it can be classed as drum and bass. What we have is a refreshing blend of vocals from Sian Evans, mixed up in the biggest beat blender you could ever fit on the back of a truck. Darren Decoder has come up trumps with some wonderfully sublime melodies, which at the same time get you twitching in that horrible 'I can't dance but I wish I could' kind of way. From the opening track (I'm discounting the intro) HideU, right through to the remixed version at the end, I was up and at it - burning calories by the bucketload. This is pure energy music.
The energy comes through in the strength of the beat, overlaid with smooth strings, mellow chords, and vocals. Vocals that sometimes trip you up with their sweet innocence, before changing into thrashy snarling malevolence (just check out Pride, track 12). And undeniably, as great as the music is, it's the lyrics that redefine drum and bass, and make it accessible to everyone. It's a simple idea, pioneered by Breakbeat Era (a Roni Size engine yet again), but Kosheen have added depth, and flow to a genre once hailed for its speed, heaviness and unpredictability.
If you don't own it, I suggest you give it a whirl. As drum and bass goes, you can't get much better than this.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is excellent and extremely appealing to listen to. The songs are all impeccably produced with some seriously solid beats and breaks. The combination of drum & bass and breakbeats makes for interesting listening, and the album never bores for one moment. Sian Evans voice is gorgeous too and compliments the tracks perfectly, finding a balance between agressive and soft throughout. The slower tracks have slight overtones of Portishead and even Morcheeba in the upbeat sections, while the drum & bass tracks have some hard beats reminiscent of Grooverider/Optical. What makes this album standout though is the songwriting, and there are some really melodic and catchy tracks on this album. Choice songs are: Hide U, Slip & Slide, Face In A Crowd, and Gone, although literally every track has something to offer. In conclusion highly recommended, 5 stars!
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