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Voices From The Dustbowl [CD]

Fragile State Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bar De Lune
  • ASIN: B00030ER7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

BBC Review

Musical dilemma#27: How do you follow up an acclaimed debut album that had heaps of praise bestowed upon it, including being voted Down tempo Album of the Year by Blues & Soul magazine, the Big Chill's Pete Lawrence and BBC Radio London's Robert Elms? Logic would dictate the old adage of it-ain't-broke-don't fix-it. But logic is not what Fragile State are about.

Our two protagonists of the beautifully chilled and deconstructed - Zero 7's Neil Cowley and music journalist Ben Mynott - have instead created a soundscape that boarders on soundtracks, afrocentric rhythms, jazz and contemporary classical.

Conceptually - intentionally or otherwise - Voices From The Dust Bowl is an album for listening to from beginning to end. Don't go looking for singles, as whilst several might be flagged as suitable candidates, it's the overall feel that counts. The journey beginning with the minimalist bass and Rhodes led afro-beater "Four-Four-Four" allowing subtle harmonies to draw you in, before ebbing-and-flowing into the airy light rock of "King For A Day" (imagine Steely Dan jamming in some downtime).

Highlights include the warm ambience on the Moby-esque "Cleo" - folky melodrama in the best tradition of Air and (not surprisingly) Zero 7; the near-classical arrangements on the John Barry-inspired "New Bassa"; and the chilled drum 'n' bass tempoed "Overcurrent". While the big tune finale, "Paper Tiger", sounds uncannily like a seventies Blaxploitation number scored by Quincy, Curtis or Marvin.

Voices From The Dust Bowl is a sophomore set of bucolic impressions and beguiling dream-inducing electronica, electing not to be a Xerox of their debut, but a worthy adversary. It's that which may similarly see it being crowded as an Album of the Year come December. --Jack Smith

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Fragile State Voices From The Dust Bowl [Australian Import]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragile State's 2nd and BEST album 22 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Laaaydieeees aaaand Gentlemen, I give you the first contender for album of the year 2004.
Every so often an album comes along that becomes your friend, travelling with you, keeping you company when you are alone.It acts as a pick-me-up, comforter and all round escape from the world. For me just such an album was/is Fragile States first LP "The Facts and the Dreams"It is not that often albums like these come along, and as a result we treasure them. I'm sure you have one or more you can think of that do it for you in this way.
Now it is very rare to have more than one album by the same artist that falls into the "album-as-friend"; mode (Actually all of Björk's solo albums fall into the category for me, but they do say love is blind!). So it is especially pleasing for me to say that ";Voices from the Dust Bowl"; has all of the signs that my friendship with it will be long and enjoyable. So excuse me while I am more than a little effusive
"Voices.." is EVEN BETTER that Fragile States first outing, and, by now you should be guessing that for me that says a lot about the quality of this album. My first hearing was in a somewhat noisy room, and my initial impression was "Mmm nice"; and that was all. However it is after some intense further listening via headphones that this album has totally blown me away. Not that ";Voices.." is particularly and intimate album, in fact it is much more broad sweeping and cinematic than The Facts and the Dreams.
"four-four-four" the first track is awesome, it sounds like the Dr Who theme meets Star Trek theme meets Zero 7 meets John Barry meets Deep Forest. It is an uplifting track high on emotion that amazingly at 8 minutes feels too short, and leaves you wanting more. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime.... 16 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that just continues to grow on me - I'm sure it gets better after every listen. I purchased the cd purely on the strength of the first album (The Facts and the Dreams), and after the first play I was pleased with my purchase but didn't think the album had the same depth and variety as their fist effort. However, the more I've listened, the more I've heard - each track grows on you in different ways which cements my belief that Fragile State are the current masters of managing subtlety.
There's no need to reveiw each track individually because they're all so good - not one duff tune!
Every now and again you come across an album with the ability to stir emotions and Voices From the Dust Bowl certainly manages to do this for me.
This is for anyone who appreciates soft, multi-layered music so as long as your into chilled tunes you will not regret this purchase - sublime.....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful and classy chillout music 30 Oct 2005
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Kick off your shoes, lie back, relax and let Fragile State take you away to all those places you would love to go with the person you love more than anything in the world!
I really like both of their albums but this is my favourite. It is full of interweaving melodies and sounds, I challenge anyone to listen to their music and not be drawn in. I have not idea why they are not more widely known about.
I wait with anticipation for their next album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for drifting away 15 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to discover this album on a flight back from Thailand. BA had suprisingly enough put it on one of their channels with Air's latest effort. This is a perfect album for those intense chillout moments and sent me into a trance-like state for the flight home (I ended up listening to it about 6 times) which was exactly what I wanted (being an awful flier at the best of times).
I bought it the minute I got home and wasn't disappointed.
A real find and hugely recommended.
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