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The New Classic Chillout Album - From Dusk Till Dawn
The New Classic Chillout Album - From Dusk Till Dawn
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Price: £10.67

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings....., 22 July 2004
Listening to CDs 1 and 2 of this compilation is like listening to two entirely different albums. Whilst CD 2 "Dawn" is as delightful as you'd expect from the excellent "Classic Chillout" series, with its soaring strings and choral harmonies to send shivers down the spine, they have decided to fill CD1 "Dusk" will dull, minimalistic thudding trance tunes. There is the odd commercial track from the likes of Moby and Leftfield, but let's face it, what self respecting chillout fan doesn't own these tracks already? On the other hand, CD2 introduces the listener to an array of beautiful haunting melodies. The particular highlight for me is Louis Clarke's "Moonlight River in Spring", combining oriental flutes and cymbals with bubbling synthesisers. Morricone, Mancini and all the kings of cinematic chillout are present, it's just such a shame that CD1 is such a let down. Do yourself a favour, rather than buying this CD, borrow it from a friend, copy CD2 and use CD1 as a handy tea coaster.

The Virgin Suicides (OST)
The Virgin Suicides (OST)
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Price: £4.69

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and broody, sucks you into a velvety world of wonder, 10 Sept. 2003
Listening to this album is like drowning, except you really don't want to come up for air (air, geddit?). Dark and swirling guitars, beautiful great rolling percussion - from start to finish it's like a hypnotic soundscape that will capture and transfix you. I've had a lot of "favourite" albums in my time, but this one has outlasted all of them. It's like nothing Air have ever done before and surpasses any other soundtrack I've ever heard. Best of all, the whole composition just flows so beautifully that it's easy to get sucked in and then be spat out at the end feeling like not just your ears, but your very soul has been privileged by the experience.

A Night On The Rocks
A Night On The Rocks
Offered by cdworld-ireland
Price: £16.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprising escapade into funky chillout, 1 Nov. 2002
This review is from: A Night On The Rocks (Audio CD)
I bought this album on the strength of the Veba collaberation, having heard her fantastic work with Rae & Christian. But the rest of the album superceded even that! It's a sprawling journey into chilled out, jazzy, funky beats, with some impressive vocal tracks, including Sarah Hill on the acid jazz-style Heavens Above, and the seriously funky, spine-tingling Another Lover featuring Bobby Womack soundalike Pete Simpson. A Night On The Rocks is one of those little gems you will buy on the spur of the moment and then fall in love with forever. What more can I say? Give it a try, you won't be disappointed

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