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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Form, 15 July 2010
This review is from: Giants (Audio CD)
After the patchy Somersult...Chicane have returned back to what has made them so popular and unique. Gone is the attempt at Rock/Non-dance tracks and back in are the sunlit deep instrumentals like Barefooft,Titles and Poppiholla (5am). The 5am track adds a very calm and dreamy spin on what is a well established and popular track that was released a year ago.
Gone also are Somersault's short and sweet under 5 minute tracks, here the tracks are longer and layered with different textures that take their time to build over an extended length, they are given room to build, to ebb and flow and ultimately the payoff is sweeter for it.
On this album it is the vocal tracks that stand out...gone are the predominant males vocals of Somersault and now we have female vocals that suit and compliment their dancey instrumental back ground better.
It is also clear that Chicane's songwriting has taken a giant leap since Somesault as well...the euro pop sound is replaced by the well constructed and thought out dance music that he was revered for.
There are so many stand out tracks to choose from...So Far Out To Sea features a haunting female vocal set back into a dreamy downtempo soundscape that swells and swirls around you. From Where I Stand is an uptempo dance number that has to be a future is impossible to get out of your head. Where Do I Start is a bouncy summery number that is familiar yet new to those that know their Chicane tracks. Middledistancerunner is a great track with a great vocal from Owl City's Adam Young (look out for the disco citizens remix of the track which improves on the album version). Again MDR is impossible to get out of your head once listened to.
Of the two part What Am I Doing Here it is Part 2 that really excells...Lemar's vocal's are electroically altered but it works and suits a crescendo dance number that is upbeat and yet still overflowing with those now famous deep Chicane pads.

Critisisms...the tracks Come Back and Hiding All The Stars were, when they were released, part of a remake ep idea that Chicane had and didn't follow through on. Their presence on this album makes them stand out as nowhere near as good as the self penned tracks around them and interupt the flow slightly.
But hey... that's the beauty of itunes playlists, you mix an album up to how you want it and leave out tracks you don't like.

To close...Giants is not quite Far From The Maddening Crowds or Behind The Sun,they are unique in this genre. However Giants is not so far off these classics.
Fans who may not have fully appreciated the albums Easy To Assemble and Somersault or felt Chicane had lost their way, will definately feel rewarded and overjoyed by this sublime record.
Thank you Chicane for listening to your fans and producing the album they've been so desperately waiting for since 2000.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problems With Volume Level, 25 May 2008
To everyone having problems with the volume limit.

Go to Settings then volume limit. Increase it there and this will sort your problems out.

Speck Of Gold
Speck Of Gold

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get this CD., 22 Oct 2007
This review is from: Speck Of Gold (Audio CD)
Firstly this is one on the most relaxing and brilliant CD's there is. Ibiza flavoured chillout at it's best. It is a rare thing indeed when an artist manages to surpass a brilliant debut album (2000's Simplicity) and release a better follow up. It is such a shame that this CD is largely undiscovered because the record label which released it unexpectedly went bust.

For those trying to get a copy head over to where you can have it sent from Germany for under 10. Mine arrived in under a week. You'll wait forever if you expect it to turn up on amazon UK.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 6 Sep 2007
This review is from: Diy (Audio CD)
Quite simply one of the best melodic dance albums ever made.

If you like this then get his new album "Kind of Human" released in Greece June 13th 2008.

Price: 11.68

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The promo version is very different!!!, 22 July 2007
This review is from: CHICANE / SOMERSAULT (Audio CD)
If anyone is listening to the PROMO version of the album then it is not the album that you see above. Anti bootlegging measures have been put in place to avoid the 'Easy to Assemble' fiasco. The tracks have deliberately been mixed incorrectly and have also alternate sounding versions of a track than the final proper release. Most tracks bear NO RESEMBLANCE to the proper release of the album. The proper version is actually more like old chicane and is more dance/chillout orientated.
Just for everyone's info...

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