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Sleepwalking

Rae & Christian Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Studio K7
  • ASIN: B000056N6L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Blazing The Crop (album version)Rae & Christian 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hold Us Down (album version)Rae & Christian, The Congos 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It Ain't Nothing Like (album version)Rae & Christian, The Pharcyde 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Get A Life (album version)Rae & Christian, Bobby Womack 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Not Just Anybody (album version)Rae & Christian, Kate Rogers 5:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trailing In The Wake (album version)Rae & Christian 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vai Viver A Vida (album version)Rae & Christian, Tania Maria 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let It Go (album version)Rae & Christian, The Pharcyde 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ready To Roll (album version)Rae & Christian 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wake Up Everybody (album version)Rae & Christian, Bobby Womack 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Salvation (album version)Rae & Christian, Siron 3:090.99  Buy MP3 


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With their 1998 debut, Northern Sulphuric Soul, Mancunian mavericks Mark Rae and Steve Christian revitalised the British hip-hop scene. Mixing lush instrumentation with hip-hop beats, soulful vocals and a sophisticated pop sensibility, they virtually reinvented the Northern Soul sound. Some two years on, they're finally ready to unleash the follow-up. Featuring collaborations with the Pharcyde, The Congos' Cedric Myton and soul legend Bobby Womack, it takes the duo's subtle soul sound to the next dimension. Those accustomed to the pair's previous output will notice a clearer, sharper sound, with greater musicality and a strong reliance on "proper songs" over quirky instrumentals. It's a formula that provides a succession of classic tracks (Womack's chilling "Get A Life" and the soaring "Vai Vider a Vida" are superb), and the duo's strongest body of work to date. Put simply, Sleepwalking is a future classic. --Matt Anniss

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rae and Christian produce another gem! 5 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having stumbled across Mark Rae doing a dj set at a local club i immediately rushed out to buy Rae and Christians 'Northern Sulphuric Soul'.I loved its variety of downbeat hip hop and luscious vocals and have since bought all the other releases on the Grand Central label.Most are amazing(check out Aim,Tony D,and Central Heating to start),some are a little weaker(Only Child).Therefore I was so excited about this release and i have to be honest i have not been at all dissapointed.Although it does not reach the highs of there 5 star debut it is a more cohesive album and showcases the duos awesome production skills.As usual they have pulled in some great guests and have used them to great effect.Bobby Womack guests on the soulful 'get a life'and 'wake up everybody'and the pharcyde bring their unique rapping style to 'let it go'and 'it aint nothing like'.Other highlights include the instrumental 'ready to roll'and 'salvation'featuring Siron.If you like music of the downbeat variety this album is an absolute must and hopefully will turn more people on to the devestating Grand Central Label.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Duff Effort 8 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After all the good press I heard for this LP, it must be said that if this wasn't R&C, nobody would have cared. The production seems to be polished, but lacking in ideas... The first LP was a cracker - only buy this if you're a die-hard R&C fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sleepwalkers 22 July 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Rae and Christian suffer from some serious sophomore-slumpin' in "Sleepwalking." While their second studio release is not even close to bad -- actually it's fairly good -- it suffers from a lack of new ideas, and some Pharcyde songs that stick out like sore, bloody thumbs.

It opens with a swippy hip-hop intro, "Blazing the Crop," an entertaining little number with what sounds like panpipes. What follows is alternately satisfactory and hilarious, with everything from outrageously genteel falsettos to swooning trip-ballads featuring Kate Rogers and Tania Maria, as well as the trippy, smoldering "Trailing in the Wake."

Unfortunately, there are two songs by the Pharcyde that simply don't fit in with the smoother, mellower hip-hop. "Let It Go" and "It Ain't Nothing Like" meander aimlessly through mellow beats, sounding jagged and uncomfortable. Perhaps it would have been better back in the "Bizarre Ride II" era, but here they sound overworn. And the legendary Bobby Womack does a good job, but it feels like Rae and Christian weren't quite sure how to use his talents.

Rae and Christian broke some new ground with "Northern Sulphuric Soul," a delightful acid hip-hop album. There, they made new inroads and breathed some fresh life into the subgenre. But here, they feel like they are on autopilot... or even worse, out of inspiration.

Fortunately they do turn out some very good material, mostly the layered downtempo numbers, and the hilarious number with the Congos: "Like putting one foot right in front of the othah," in an intensely posh voice over some trippy hip-hop beats. And Rae and Christian duet well with the female singers on here, including the soaring finale with Siron.

Unfortunately, they forge no new territory with "Sleepwalking," and the album is burdened with some songs that should have been cut. Fortunately it redeems itself with some beautiful downtempo songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ready to Roll! 23 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is worth it for "Ready to Roll" itself! At first I was not too sure about this album, but the more you listen to it, the more you realise what a quality album it is. The music here ranges from some soul to Hip hop and Trip hop and features some momentous artists to boot! If you like this sort of stuff, check out Lemon Jelly & Kinobe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up everybody... and buy this record 13 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
'Sleepwalking' is simply stunning, one of the best albums likely to be released all year. It contains a little bit of everything, and everything leaves you wanting more. If you want soul, sweetness, laid-back hip-hop or edgy exotic beats, then this record will contain something for you.
Rae & Christian have an excellent track record of getting the best out of their guest artists (even Texas sound ok in their debut album). In 'Sleepwalking', the Pharcyde are in 'rare form' - sounding as crisp and cool as they're ever likely to. Then, the two Womack tracks are extraordinary, with Rae & Christian allowing Womack's extraordinary voice to rasp its soul over some beautifully constructed backing music. Check out the choppy guitar on 'Get a Life'. Finally, I doubt whether anyone will have heard a sweeter, breathier song than 'Salvation', featuring Siron.
Rae & Christian are like Massive Attack, with all their edge and verve, but none of the dark paranoia. If I have a gripe, it would be that the instrumental tracks aren't all that interestin...They're not bad, but they don't mesh perfectly with the brillianceof the rest of the album. And it is a brilliant album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet sounds of the summer 3 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After listening to Track 9 (Ready to Roll) being championed by Gilles Peterson for several weeks, I promptly went and bought this album in the hope of something similarly good being repeated across the record. The album starts well with some cool hip-hop but the next few tracks do not live up to the expectations provided by Track 1. They are slow moving and lacking in any real structure. Although easy to listen too they are rather limited in a musical sense. Track 9 is the outstanding track on the album and I can see this being used across adverts etc, during the coming months. An eclectic mix of smooth rythems and cool beats this is a great track. The rest of the album is also good but still is not what we expected after their last success. Give it a listen - it's not bad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I dont Hate This Album
The album is brilliant and one of my favourites, but just Never recieved it.one remains forever hopefull that one day it wil arive?
Published 5 months ago by mr clift
4.0 out of 5 stars There Ain't Nothing Like...
...This album. I'm sure comparissons could be made with other artists, but the fact remains that Rae & Christian are the only British act who do what they do well. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2006 by Vica
3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed
What a shame that R+C didn't spend more time on this album. Fans have waited patiently for 3 years for a follow up to their first, a few more months wouldn't have hurt. Read more
Published on 28 May 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Another classic from the boys from manchester. Offering a sublime mix of soul, funk and hip-hop, the guys have hit the mark yet again 100%. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as 1st album
R+C return with a more 'coffe table' album. Having bought all the singles (Pharcyde and Womack collaborations) and being dissapointed, i was supprised to find the album versions... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2001 by "bensonlewis"
5.0 out of 5 stars Class in a glass
Brilliant stuff - Rae and Christian haven't let us down......Salvation is a truly lovely track to equal Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy'. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on Northern Sulphuric Soul
I was so looking forward to this album but what a disappointment. Grating vocals by The Congos on Hold Us Down & Bobby Womack on Get A Life & Wake Up Everybody. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2001
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