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Afro Celt Sound System Audio CD
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It has been an extraordinary journey for the Afro Celt Sound System - one of the most innovative music collectives of its time. In that period there have been many lesser imitators and the global beat movement they pioneered has entered the mainstream.

When Simon Emmerson began to piece together the Afro Celt Sound System in 1992 he had no idea where the journey would take him. But ... Read more in Amazon's Afro Celt Sound System Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B00008DAN1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cyberia
2. Seed
3. Nevermore
4. The Other Side
5. Ayub's Song/As You Were
6. Rise
7. Rise Above It
8. Deep Channel
9. All Remains
10. Green (Nevermore Instrumental)

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The Afro Celt Sound System has now shortened its name, with Seed acknowledging that the metamorphosis into a fully functioning band has now been completed. Since forming in 1995, producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson's remarkably stable gathering has become strongly identified with the whole global, hippy, ambient rave culture. The only problem is that that's become something of a dated concept, musically. For their fourth album, the Afrocelts are given a homogenised production that smoothes all their diverse elements down into a global composite, removing any spiky protuberances. For an album that's largely the product of acoustic musicianship, it sounds remarkably one-dimensional in terms of its middle-ground textures. Space is lacking between each instrument, producing a thick wall of sound.

The band's previous album, Volume 3: Further in Time, featured guest vocals from Peter Gabriel and Robert Plant, but now the band's regular singers are given prominence. Iarla O Lionaird's vocals hover in the heavenly realms, while N'Faly Kouyate operates at a more earthly, earthy level. There's still no shortage of exuberant instrumental guests, with flamenco guitar by Jesse Cook, a duet vocal for the Brazilian Nina Miranda and Irish fiddling from Martin Hayes and Eileen Ivers. "The Other Side" pulses swiftly, built around a frenetic drum work-out, and "Deep Channel" has a liquid bassline, with Emer Maycock's uillean pipes flitting around its trouncing beats. Sadly though, the epic "Rise Above It" ends up being derailed by guest singer Mundy's Bono-like straining. --Martin Longley

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky, stylish and undeniably Afrocelt 23 May 2003
By Jeremy
Format:Audio CD
I can't say I agree with Martin's review of this album - or particularly the concept that the unique style that the Celts fit into is becoming musically dated (sounds like an echo of the same deluded individuals that said guitar-based music wouldn't make it past the 60's!!).
Seed is laced with silkenness and smoothness, it is a pleasure to listen to in a different way to their previous offerings. However, the underlying sound is definately our AfroCelt friends, with energetic beats and reels flowing through the head with more subtlety, but not lacking by any means.
N'Faly's inspired Kora playing and gorgeously textured voice really get to shine on this latest recording, and Iarla shows again his power in his emotive and beautifully soaring melodies.
If you haven't heard the AfroCelts before, what are you waiting for? Get Seed... and while you are at it, order the first three. You won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Afro-Celts Rise out of the Sound System 15 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought Seed on something of a high, having really enjoyed "Shadowman", "North 2" and other tracks from "Further in Time". I have to admit that the rather electronic opening threw me somewhat, but as I went further in the album I got more absorbed into the chilled-out but expressive vibe. The unique ability of Afro-Celt is to combine percussion and whistle (as well as other instruments) to really transport you to someplace and sometime elsewhere. The "Nevermore" tracks, instrumental and vocal, are simply awesome, and give you that slight shudder of excessive enjoyment. I really enjoy Seed and would recommend you do the same.
However, for those new to Afro-Celts, I suggest you try "Further in Time" first. I think it has a slightly more organic feel and better vocals (although I don't like the saccharine singing in "When You're Falling").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound system sowing Seeds 7 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
So, according to the press blurb, the Afro Celt Sound System shed the "sound system" portion of its name because the band is refocusing on a more organic, acoustic sound. Yes, that's why their new album opens with a vocoder-and-synth solo, because they want to sound more natural. In all seriousness, though, the "more acoustic" claims aren't entirely unfounded. What they're talking about is a more audible presence for some excellent and decidedly non-electric guitar in many of the ten new songs. It may not seem like this would make a huge difference, but you'd be surprised.
Other than that, the band's sound is largely the same. Where their third CD Further In Time found the Afro Celts trying to reach for a world music fusion that seemed to reach well beyond the ethnic implications of the band's name, and it was a truly lovely thing to behold. With Seed, they come down unquestionably on the "Celt" side of Afro Celt, and while the polyrhythms are still present, the focus this time around is definitely on the Irish sound. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you.
The album's first two tracks remain my favorites, despite the incongruity of "Cyberia"'s "more acoustic" vocoder opening. The title track is a sweeping epic along the lines of Further In Time's "Lagan," another favorite of mine. The guest vocalists this time around aren't quite the high-profile rock legends that the group welcomed on their previous album, but that's okay too. It may just be that the band has found a sound that could get some attention and airplay without the publicity stunt of a famous voice in front of the mix.
Excellent stuff, even if I do keep calling them the Afro Celt Sound System.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new genisis? 27 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a recent convert to the afrocelts, hearing an interview with producre-guitarist Simon Emmerson on worldbeat, radio wales in April 2003. Emphasising the dropping of sound system to demonstrate that the band have moved on in terms of their musical ideas and ideals from their global, hippy, ambient rave culture following, Seed, their fourth album, but first with the new genisis, demonstrates a confident assured maturity that for some groups never arrives. It is a fusion of musical styles with flamenco guitar and hand clapping, heavy rhythmic afro drumming, bamboo flute and uilean pipes, together with fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki amongst others. Sound confusing? It isn't not least because of the familarity of the parts blended intelligently by the perceptive vocalisations of Nina Miranda and N'Faly Kouyate (amongst others). It is a must listen too album, not least for those who have followed the group since their earlier outpourings - afterall we all move on in time and space. But does this signal the birth of a new musical generation? Maybe not, because of the familiarity of the parts. But it is certainly a new perspective on how those parts can fit into a whole and make music once again interesting.
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