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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dome Records
  • ASIN: B007AEX0RE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A powerful new album from the UK's favourite soul/funk/jazz band, with the addition of outstanding new male vocalist Mo Brandis and established UK jazz singer Natalie Williams, who join Maysa and Vanessa Haynes. A fresh sounding Incognito reflecting the energy of their live shows. "Surreal" is full of beautiful songs delivered over a bed of fluid bass lines and irresistible drum grooves - Incognito at their creative best! The album has only one cover song, vocalled by Vanessa Haynes in Loleatta Holloway-esque style - a little-known 1976 disco tune "Ain't It Time".

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I am a total fan of Incognitos early work and periodical buy their albums. So not having bought all of them I couldn't tell you how it compares to their back catalogue, but I know a good album when I hear one and this is as good as any I have heard. I didn't know what to expect and was not disappointed, its all good and the tempo is very fulfilling. I am not a lover of ballards & slow love songs so I am very pleased that this album contains none of the above. My first hearing of "Sureal" was in the car on a sunny day and it sounded perfect. My advise, find a sunny breezy place to chill for a couple of hours and listen to this.

Don't know why it is called "Surreal", and I am fairly sure it dosen't matter, but I bought this expecting an Incognito album and thats exactly what I got, nice one.

Go on treat yourself.
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Played this CD for the first time 3 days ago. I now have 11 of their albums, so was expecting a lot of Surreal. Unfortunately the sound quality spoilt the experience.
To make sure I wasn't just having a bad day, I played Tales from the Beach and Eleven to compare and can only conclude that either the mix was a rushed job or the CD is faulty.
It not that the sound is completely appalling. It just isn't very hi-fidelity and sounds like it's playing through someone's IPOD.
That said, the new personnel show great promise and the musicians excel as usual. Incognito will probably keep going for another 30 years at this rate. It's just not a 5 star product.
Perhaps I should consider buying another copy, or even vinyl? Answers on a postcard please.
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After collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, and Italian soul singer Mario Biondi on 2010's Transatlantic RPM, British acid jazz pioneers Incognito hand over the vocal reins to a younger crowd for their 15th studio album, "Surreal".
It's an inspired move showing that, 30 years on from their debut album, bandleader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick still has his finger on the pulse.
While longtime singers Maysa and Vanessa Haynes remain a vital part of the setup, the former kicking off proceedings in style with the bass-driven funk of "The Less You Know", the latter channeling the divas of the Studio 54 era on a cover of Queen Yahna's '70s cult disco classic "Ain't It Time", it's the new recruits who steal the show.
German-born vocalist Mo Brandis displays a maturity and soulfulness far beyond his 26 years on the John Legend-esque lead single "Goodbye to Yesterday" and the summery jazz of "Don't Wanna Know", while Ronnie Scott's regular Natalie Williams justifies the Erykah Badu/Jill Scott comparisons on the gorgeously slinky chillout of "Restless as We Are" and the dreamy bossa nova of "The Stars from Here".
If they can hang on to this highly talented lineup, then Incognito's future appears to be in very safe hands indeed. J. O'Brien

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
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I have not bought an Incognito album in too long. On a nostalgic whim I bought the latest 'Surreal'. It's growing on me. Perhaps I am still stuck in their early brilliant offerings. Anything Incognito does is worth several listens before judgement. But, although the musicianship and vocals are top-notch (including the wonderful Maysa Leak), something is missing in this album. It doesn't punch me like previous offerings though I have put it on replay in my car to familiarise myself with it. Capricorn Sun is the standout track.I can't say that this is not worth buying because the musicianship alone is worth the price of the album. If you don't have either Positivity or Tribes, Vibes and Scribes, go buy. Later albums are also stunning. I feel bad for almost dissing an Incognito album, but the latest is just not up to JPM's usual amazing standard.
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After listening to Surreal a couple of times, I really really like this album.

Its a great mix of J/F music with superb vocals from the well known Maysa & Vanessa Haynes to the little known Mo Brandis & Natalie Williams (well for me anyway..) plus a couple of excellent instrumentals thrown in for good measure!

If you are a fan of the Cog, I'm sure you'll love this! If you're new to Cog, try them...you'll be hooked!

Im really looking forward to seeing these guys next month in Islington

Great album- I salute you Bluey!!
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Bought this a few weeks back and I would have to agree with Claire's comments : maybe because I'm getting older?, but this latest offering is just not doing it for me. I don't think there are any stand out tracks at all, having listen to it several times I'm really struggling to remember any of them. I've always just bought a new Album /CD by this great hard working band and never been as disapointed with one until now; I'll give it a while longer, but I think the next charity bag that comes along could benefit

Take it easy people
Slow mover
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This recording oozes with a potent mixture of skin-tight musicianship, sinewy vocals and irresistible, hook-laden songs. It sounds like a Greatest Hits album and offerings such as "Goodbye to Yesterday", "Don't Want To Know", "Don't Break Me Down" and "The Way You Love" are instant classics. Even the more slow-burning tracks such as "The Stars From Here" and "Restless As We Are" have a mesmerising quality and it all adds up to a wonderfully FRESH collection from a band of more than 30 years' existence, which is some achievement by Jean-Paul Maunick.
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