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Damage (UK Edition)
Damage (UK Edition)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damage - sweet sixteen, 19 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Damage (UK Edition) (Audio CD)
Kosheen return with album number three "Damage" on September 10th. Back to the rafters with tunes, sixteen in fact. Kosheen avoid the current trend of 10 tracks and thats your lot albums. If people say this album is too long they need shooting, what ever happended to good old value for money! Something which is needed to encourage CD sales in this ever growing digital era.

The album itself is a masterpiece. From start to finish you are treated to the ups and downs of any relationship, brillantly depicted by Sian's lyrics and brought to life by her vocals complimented by the perfect polishing of Mark and Darren.

Kosheen defy any genre given to them. This houldn't be mistaken for complacency but rather the ever changing, ever evolving sound of Kosheen.

Opening track Damage begs you to turn the volume up. Roaring emotion and definity sum up exactly what this album is about. The damage caused at various moments of a relationship. And we're not just talking about lovers here... although it is somewhat a blessing that Sian is so articulate when it comes to broken heart.... Thief and Under Fird are perfect example of her ability in this field and is my personal peak in the album.

But Like A Book is comparable to Sian's relationship with Mark and Darren and their apparent ease in crafting music.

Spanish synths and strings cover Cruel Heart which in turn illustrates the relationship between a mother and her child, ultimately seeing them grow up and becoming individuals themselves.

Whilst Wish You Were Here tells a story of someone missing people from home, people out of reach or people passed on.

No stone is left unturned when it comes to the melacholy lyrics yet uplifting beats.

Overkill is a standout "single" in the album (out 27th August) Its very infectious, very user friendly and shoudl be universally appealing.

The UK verison has two tracks not yet heard on the European version which seems to have trickled into the UK for the most diehard of fans.

Analogue Street Dub is not an instrumental as suspected but is very thin on the ground lyrically with only a handful of lyrics. A short and strong statement, similar to Your Life for example.

Professional Friend gets you hooked after the second listen. Fans of Freaks of Nature and Pleasure (previous B sides) will like this one, it has that kind of electronic distorted vocal effect. The abstract lyrics and format are similar to Guilty but I prefer it to Guilty.

Professional Friend would have fitted right in with Kokopelli (the second album) but has put a different spin on Damage. I hope narrow minded critics don't criticise the UK version by saying stuff like "Kosheen still can't seem to decide what genre they fit it"... that is so tired now! The two new tracks definitely represent different facets of the sound of Kosheen and are different to the electro funk sound of say Like A Book and Chances which I think it indicative of the sound of Damage as an album. But I think this just shows the organic nature of their tunes not an unwillingness to conform. Being able to adapt, grow and change are vital in the music biz and Kosheen's are masters of adaptation.


Kokopelli
Kokopelli
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Price: £9.02

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kokopelli-kosheen continue to change, 9 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Kokopelli (Audio CD)
The eagerly anticipated follow up to Resist has been in the pipeline for a while now, but is the wait worth it? In a word, yes. Fans were promised "the dark edge of kosheen" in regards to the next LP and Kosheen have produced the goods. Sure there are happy "pop/rock" tracks, like first single All In My Head and Suzy May for example. But Kosheen have NOT sold out but have evolved.
The appeal of Kosheen for me is that there music is original, different, somewhat genre less and more importantly, good. Kokopelli is all of the above. Kosheen's smooth trademark sound is still as present today as it was in Resist the band's debut album.
Avid Drum and Bass fans may be disappointed that this record lacks the Drum and Bass content that Resist contained but each track still demonstrates the band's d n b influences. Tracks like "Swamp" for example, which has no vocal content stays true to Kosheen's d n b roots. As does Ages and Wish. But Kokopelli as a whole is a rockier album.
This is a natural progression for the band. Anyone who has seen them live would tell you that there strengths lie in acoustic rock. Also, tracks on Resist such as Hungry and Gone for example contained the rock guitar elements present on Kokopelli. Kosheen have never hidden their "rock" side, so the rock characteristics of this album shouldn't really come as surprise. Perhaps if the band had stuck to their more breakbeat sound they would have been criticised for re-hashing the same old-same old. So it makes more sense therefore to evolve their sound. The key to success after all is introducing new fresh ideas and adapting. This is what Kosheen seem to have done.
Sian's vocals are as strong and as haunting as ever and this LP illustrates the full diversity of her voice. The album is rife with infectious guitar rifts as well, revealing the musical talents of Darren and Markee extend beyond the decks.
Stand out tracks on the album are Wasting My Time, Recovery, Crawling and Avalanche. All are down and dirty rock tracks but still contain the dark drum and bass influences. It would be criminal if Recovery isn't released as a single, as the remix potential is infinite with this song (my personal fave).
Like Resist every track on Kokopelli has the individuality that allows that track to stand on its own. So Kokopelli should cater for everyone. Overall the genre of music Kosheen fits in may have changed but who cares. At the end of the day this album, just like its predecessor, is amazingly good. Good music is all people should be interested in, not what genre it fits in....enjoy.


Kokopelli
Kokopelli
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Price: £9.02

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kosheen return to kick ass!, 19 July 2003
This review is from: Kokopelli (Audio CD)
This is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Resist and after two years you may ask yourself is it worth the wait? In a word, yes. Fans were promised "the dark edge of kosheen" in regards to the next LP and Kosheen have produced the goods. Sure, there are happy "pop/rock" tracks, like first single All In My Head and Suzy May for example. But Kosheen have NOT sold out but have evolved to the next stage of their music.
The appeal of Kosheen for me is that there music is original, different, somewhat genre-less and more importantly, good. Kokopelli is all of the above. Kosheen's unmistakable trademark sound is still as present today as it was in their debut album, regardless of the change in musical direction.
Avid Drum and Bass fans may be disappointed that this record lacks the Drum and Bass content that Resist contained but each track still demonstrates the band's d n b influences. Tracks like "Swamp" for example, which has no vocal content whatsoever, stays true to Kosheen's d n b roots. Whereas the track "Wish" has crossover potential between drum n bass and rock. But Kokopelli as a whole is a rockier album.
This is a natural progression for the band. Anyone who has seen them live would tell you that there strengths lie in acoustic vocal rock. Also, tracks on Resist such as Hungry and Gone for example contained the rock guitar elements present in Kokopelli. Kosheen have never hidden their "rock" side, so the rock characteristics of Kokopelli shouldn't really come as surprise. Perhaps if the band had stuck to their more breakbeat sound they would have been criticised for re-hashing the same old-same old. So it makes more sense therefore to evolve their sound. The key to success after all is introducing new fresh ideas and adapting. This is what Kosheen seem to have done.
Sian's vocals are as strong and as haunting as ever and this LP illustrates the full diversity of her voice. The album is rife with infectious guitar rifts as well, revealing the musical talents of Darren and Markee extend beyond the decks.
Stand out tracks on the album are Wasting My Time, Recovery, Crawling and Avalanche. All are down and dirty rock tracks but still contain the dark drum and bass influences. It would be criminal if Recovery isn't released as a single, as the remix potential is infinite with this song (my personal fave).
Like Resist, every track on Kokopelli has the individuality that allows that track to stand on its own. So Kokopelli should cater for everyone. Overall the genre of music Kosheen fits in may have changed but who cares. At the end of the day this album, just like its predecessor, is amazingly good. Good music is all people should be interested in, not what genre it fits into....enjoy.


Kokopelli
Kokopelli
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.02

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kokopelli -the dark edge of Kosheen?, 13 July 2003
This review is from: Kokopelli (Audio CD)
I'm lucky enough to have a promotional copy of this album, hence the reason why I know the record before its released. The eagerly anticipated follow up to Resist has been delayed and delayed and is the wait worth it? In a word, yes. Fans were promised "the dark edge of kosheen" in regards to the next LP and Kosheen have produced the goods. Sure there are happy "pop/rock" tracks, like first single All In My Head and Suzy May for example. But Kosheen have NOT sold out but have evolved.
The appeal of Kosheen for me is that there music is original, different, somewhat genre less and more importantly, good. Kokopelli is all of the above. Kosheen's smooth trademark sound is still as present today as it was in Resist the band's debut album.
Avid Drum and Bass fans may be disappointed that this record lacks the Drum and Bass content that Resist contained but each track still demonstrates the band's d n b influences. Tracks like "Swamp" for example, which has no vocal content stays true to Kosheen's d n b roots. As does Ages and Wish. But Kokopelli as a whole is a rockier album.
This is a natural progression for the band. Anyone who has seen them live would tell you that there strengths lie in acoustic rock. Also, tracks on Resist such as Hungry and Gone for example contained the rock guitar elements present in Kokopelli. Kosheen have never hidden their "rock" side, so the rock characteristics of this album shouldn't really come as surprise. Perhaps if the band had stuck to their more breakbeat sound they would have been criticised for re-hashing the same old-same old. So it makes more sense therefore to evolve their sound. The key to success after all is introducing new fresh ideas and adapting. This is what Kosheen seem to have done.
Sian's vocals are as strong and as haunting as ever and this LP illustrates the full diversity of her voice. The album is rife with infectious guitar rifts as well, revealing the musical talents of Darren and Markee extend beyond the decks.
Stand out tracks on the album are Wasting My Time, Recovery, Crawling and Avalanche. All are down and dirty rock tracks but still contain the dark drum and bass influences. It would be criminal if Recovery isn't released as a single, as the remix potential is infinite with this song (my personal fave).
Like Resist every track on Kokopelli has the individuality that allows that track to stand on its own. So Kokopelli should cater for everyone. Overall the genre of music Kosheen fits in may have changed but who cares. At the end of the day this album, just like its predecessor, is amazingly good. Good music is all people should be interested in, not what genre it fits in....enjoy.


Ain't It Funny
Ain't It Funny
Offered by the music box
Price: £0.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another remix single that's better than the original, 11 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Ain't It Funny (Audio CD)
Ja Rule proves yet again why he is hot property state-side with this funky remix. He did it with "I'm Real" and now he's done it again; he's made a remix thats actually better than the original track. This tune is just what you need for some chilled out hip-hop/R 'n' B.
The infectious chorus is heightened by the strong back-beat and complimented further with Ja Rule's rant. The other guys from Murder Inc also help out on this track but to be honest they're not needed. Ja Rule makes this track his own.
This track differs from J-Lo's previous work where sometimes her singing can be rushed and appear strained. This slower offering avoids such problems and allows J-Lo to be heard at her best.
J-Lo's smooth vocals contrast perfectly with the hard, gravel like voice of Ja Rule.
So overall, a great pairing for a great single!


Missundaztood
Missundaztood
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Price: £5.38

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evolution of PINK! (A must-have!), 11 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Missundaztood (Audio CD)
It's the return of the Pink Princess herself, minus the Pink crew cut but still every bit as gorgeous! But if you're looking for a carbon copy of her debut "Can't Take Me Home", then pink's latest offering, "Missundaztood" is not for you. Pink has evolved. She still has the winning recipe of a blend of R n B, Hip-Hop and Funk but this time she adds a hint of Rock.
Stand out tracks include Family Portriat, Numb, My Vietnam and the feel-good new single Get the Party Started. But to be honest there isn't a bad track on the album.
Missundaztood, with its revealing lyrics, provides a personal insight into the real Pink;this is kind of a biographical album.This alone makes it stand out from her first album but add this with the simple fact that there are better tunes on this album and you'll see why this is a must-have. It may take a couple of listens to before you fully appreciate this it, but you won't regret adding this record to your collection.


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