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Mr. S. Bennett "stevenbennett5" (london)

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Wonder Where We Land
Wonder Where We Land
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £11.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, 24 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Wonder Where We Land (Audio CD)
Not sure who decided what went on the album but they did a pretty poor job. Bizarrely there is some better material on the bonus disc than on the album proper. The 15 tracks contain some real duds, namely, 'Look Away', 'Osea', 'New Dorp, New York' and 'Voices In My Head', and those utterly pointless little intro/interlude tracks. The first 6 tracks on the bonus CD are far more enjoyable so i simply re-ordered the album on my PC, inserting these tracks into the running order in place of the aforementioned tracks. At least I now have 14 new tracks from SBTRKT that do him justice. Pity more thought and care wasn't put into the album proper.
Overall verdict - patchy and a bit frustrating, and not quite up to the standard of the debut.

Music for Adverts
Music for Adverts
Price: £11.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Not music for adverts, music for enjoying., 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Music for Adverts (Audio CD)
A quality album, that will no doubt get plenty of rotation during the summer months. Actually, it has already :)
Not a duff track here. Brilliant vocals choices, enjoyable instrumental tracks too.

White Women
White Women
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Price: £4.88

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Say cheeeeeeese!, 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: White Women (Audio CD)
Hmm, mixed feelings on this latest Chromeo offering. The song writing is back up to reasonable levels but too often it veers into a cringe-fest, as witnessed at it's most extreme on tracks 6, 10 & 11 with lyrics and especially choruses that could well leave even the most avid 80s music fan embarrassed. At the other end of the Chromeo acceptability scale (for those familiar with their previous albums), Lost on the way Home and Hard to say No are probably the pick of the bunch. The rest is pleasant enough, but not essential, with repetition a tad too high on Old 45s and Sexy Socialite. Still, with the ability to delete whatever tracks you wish, Chromeo fans and 80s lovin' synth kids will find some decent stuff across the albums 12 tracks. Personally though I much prefer Fancy Footwork, and She's in control albums. This is probably more on a par with Business Casual, but has a higher number of enjoyable songs overall.

Friendly Bacteria
Friendly Bacteria
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Price: £4.40

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty ropey stuff, Scruff :(, 2 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Friendly Bacteria (Audio CD)
A very different approach from Mr Scruff. A much harder, humourless set of tracks that unfor'tuna'tely don't sparkle. The first half of the album is listenable enough without really grabbing attention, other than making me think 'is this really Mr Scruff?' The album title gives no indication of just how harsh sounding this album is in comparison to his previous work. I kept expecting some trademark Scruff tunes, but they didn't come. Andy, stick to what you're good at. Experimenting is good, to a point, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
The second half sounds like a bunch of half-baked ideas (with the except of He Don't with Robert Owens) in some kind of attempt to underline a new direction for Mr Scruff. Sadly it didn't raise any smiles with me. For the best Scruff album, look no further than Ninja Tuna, an absolute joy from start to finish.

Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but...., 13 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Morning Phase (Audio CD)
...there is one song that spoils it for me, and that's 'Wave'. It manages to make an otherwise reflective album appear a bit morbid. It's a stinker in an otherwise solid, if unspectacular effort. Perhaps a bit samey and languid but lots of music of merit here though.

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dissenting voice, 29 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Immunity (Audio CD)
Hmmm, I can kind of see why this is critically acclaimed, but i'm not sure why there are not more people doubting it's listenability. Personally, I found the loud beat driven parts a bit brash and annoying, while the quiet parts (beautiful though they be) were a little too meandering for my liking.

I did think the last 10 minutes was the high point, but not enough to warrant keeping this album. I found myself feeling 'relieved' when the quiet tracks came in, which is not an emotion associated with enjoyment, and I was thankful for the gentle second half of the album. That said, the second half didn't seem punctuated with too much to engage, and while it sat easily as background music, chugging along in places, the tone of it was generally too solemn for my tastes. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy some introspective music, but I just can't imagine when I would put this album on.

I appreciate the effort that has gone into crafting this record (but then all good music should require effort), sadly it wasn't something I felt any attachment to, as I simply don't enjoy listening to it. Some people would say it's a challenging listen and to stick with it, but sometimes you just know that, no matter how many times you listen to it, it won't change your opinion. Sorry Jon.

Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Price: £4.61

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still miles ahead, 1 July 2013
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This review is from: Random Access Memories (Audio CD)
A damn fine effort. Well crafted songs that bring us back to a time when music had melodies!
Track run down;
1. funky number with great intro
2. a touching ode to lost love - dreamy number feat. a vocoder with a heart
3. don't like this one much. too long and a bit annoying - if i wanted moroder i'd listen to Evolution, Chase or Night Drive
4. heartfelt piano song. yep, daft punk go close to bringing a tear to the eye, and with a vocoder!
5. driving beat, still funky, off kilter vocals, a proper chorus. nice!
6. disco number with conventional vocal. not sure about this one. think a radio edit will be more palatable.
7. a real mish-mash song, some of it works with big 'hold on' build up, the rest is a bit take it or leave it.
8. the single - like 6, maybe the album edit is a bit long, but good for the dance floor.
9. fantastic epic string intro moves over for more funky, laid back disco. groovy yet reflective.
10. something that definitely sounds like a Tron session piece, again with strings - tweaked with weird noises.
11. again, not too sure about this one - will either end up grating or gaining favour. not sure it does enough.
12. great little song with uniting vocal. should have been the album closer like Too Long on Discovery.
13. re-work of an old track. not really feeling this one and not a great way to end.

Leisure (JP-Import)
Leisure (JP-Import)
Offered by Founders Factory JPN4UK
Price: £12.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Japanese version, 22 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Leisure (JP-Import) (Audio CD)
For those who are seeking clarity, this is the 1991 Japanese edition tracklist, which includes 3 songs not on the UK version.
1. She's So High 4:45
2. There's No Other Way 3:22 (moved from 7 to 2)
3. Bang 3:36
4. I Know 3:32 (extra track)
5. Slow Down 3:11 (moved from 3 to 5)
6. Repetition 5:25
7. Bad Day 4:24
8. Sing 6:00
9. High Cool 3:37 (moved from 10 to 9)
10. Come Together 3:51 (moved from 9 to 10)
11. Inertia 3:48 (extra track)
12. Mr. Briggs 3:58 (extra track)
13. Fool 3:15 (moved from 8 to 13)
14. Birthday 3:50
15. Wear Me Down 4:49

Price: £7.99

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars similar...only far less memorable, 21 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Coexist (MP3 Download)

Like the debut, this one is front loaded with the better material. The debut had a reasonable first 4 songs (12 minutes) but then become too pedestrian and wishy-washy, and this too suffers from wishy-washiness. The first 4 and a half songs manage to at least keep me (sort of) interested, but then Reunion with it's repetitious lyric starts getting on my wick. The first half of the album has some ok knob-twiddling going on, but with repeated listens even these reasonable soundscapes lose their ealier sparkle. The rest of the album is instantly forgettable and exposes the lack of depth and ideas. I'd be surprised if any of these tracks are used to death on tv and radio promos like intro, islands et al.
Oh, and the dippy lyrical content does it no favours either - are you trying a bit of singing or just kind of talking?
Love you too. xx

Standing At the Sky's Edge
Standing At the Sky's Edge
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last..., 5 Sept. 2012 album with a bit of depth!!
I've not heard his other solo work, although i liked the first longpigs album from all those years ago. I especially like the mixture of songs that focus on his voice and the others that are more about the guitars. If it was all one or the other then i think it would be a bit samey. It sounds a bit like a melting pot of The Verve and Johnny Cash - kind of odd, but works for me. And i also love the fact that a certain american reviews website just don't get it - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Repeat listens of this little beauty.

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