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Sleepwalking [VINYL]


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Product details

  • Vinyl (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Studio K7
  • ASIN: B000056N6K
  • 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: 1,121,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar 2001
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 By A Customer on 8 Sep 2001
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov 2001
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 By Winged Monkey on 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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By A Customer on 3 May 2001
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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