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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Accidental
  • ASIN: B001D6IUEI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Kent-based experimental musician Matthew Herbert has come a long way since his performing debut in 1995, when he used a bag of crisps as an instrument. Since then, he's made numerous albums under his own name and a bewildering array of aliases, as well as doing production work and remixes for the likes of Moloko, Björk and REM.

This is the second Matthew Herbert Big Band album and introduces Eska Mtungwazi as their new singer. She has a bold, brassy vocal style well suited to the arrangements, which feature an 8-piece horn section. Tuneful big band chutzpah dominates the first half of the album, with Yessness straying into show tune territory.

Herbert himself is presumably responsible for the occasional flurry on piano and all the samples and electronic effects that percolate through the mix like so much sonic detritus, at times detracting from the melodic strengths of his compositions (or not really adding to them) but at others creating engaging atmospherics, or half burying his lyrics. This has the effect of increasing their mystique and making you listen just that bit harder.

Even though the big band format isn't the most likely platform for it, Herbert is quite a political artist, declaring that, ''the themes of the album are broadly based around power in the 21st century!and its abuses!torture!Iraq war''. Thus the bustling Battery has Mtungwazi chanting, ''Blindfolded! Hooded! Shackled!'', and on Breathe, she's imploring us to, ''Breath a little more/buy a little less''.

The thinking behind Herbert's samples is esoteric to say the least (the sound of 70 pound coins rolling downstairs, a rattle of matches where one match equals one hundred thousand people dead in Iraq, etc) and you wouldn't deduce much of this from a casual listen. But when he focuses on sounds themselves, as on Nonsounds, which uses samples of a cricket, a sparrow chirping, traffic noises and a rooster crowing, the results are impressive for their playful inventiveness and unlikely musicality. At times overburdened by ideas, but at others sparking with them, There's Me! is an intriguing, though not always accessible listen. --Jon Lusk

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebden on 30 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad I bought this albumn, some of the music is incredibly dense and the singing is funky, full throated, and sensitive. I like some of the tracks more than others though, at times it can sound like a Webber musical.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PR on 21 Dec 2008
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The music is arresting. Particularly 'The Story'. The singer, an impassioned and captivating bluesy singer, sounds a bit like Tina Turner at her best but with more vocal range. Gorgeous chords and the intriguing lyrics bewailing the lack of stimulating informative content in the paper were what initially interested me. "Nothing of substance - nothing to break the spell". Plainly Herbert has an independent mind about politics. The track with favourite sounds recorded by Palestinians is, as you'd expect, beautiful yet horrifying to hear. I wasn't disappointed in this, my first purchase of one of his records. I shall be buying more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Eves on 21 Nov 2008
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First time I heard this album was reminiscent of the time I first heard John Zorn's Spillane. The music bounces around, is funny, sharp, very well played and all within a rich narrative. The sounds crashes through you one minute and is soft and gentle the next. For those with a short attention span. Love it.
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