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4.0 out of 5 stars
the big beat theory, 5 Jun 2005
On J.A.C. Tosca continue close to where they left off two years ago on Dehli 9; we get the great packaging in artistic concept and design, except no bonus disc. No matter. This album is equal or better. Since Kruder and Dorfmeister are credited with the first ever downtempo album, everything from G - Stoned since is about beats.
Tosca's variance on the beat theme has been to front their songs with various guest vocalists in part to a major degree of success. On J.A.C. we get the same group as on Dehli 9 but expanded to give a broader scope and vision inspired by the dedication to their sons - Joshua, Arthur, and Conrad. Thus the album title and if we are to believe, the finest Internet coffee house and hair salon listening ever. With this, their fifth studio album, we can assume that the duo of Dorfmeister and Huber as Tosca are G - Stoned finest stallions in the stable. When we get to the races, our hard earned cash is best bet on them to win, place, or show. If there was a state fair contest for best beats, someone from the G - Stoned family would walk with blue or red ribbons everytime.
Reading some advance critical reviews from critics who make their money penning their opinions, one could surmise that Tosca had been fed a steady diet of milk toast. I disagree though. There is definitely some high grade fiber and roughage. On Dehli 9, Earl Zinger on Wonderful was one the highlights. His appearance on J.A.C. is the exact opposite effect. Superrob is a minor irritation though when the overall impressions and observations conclude multitudinous 'easy listening' at it's finest.
I suspect this album to be joyously received abroad with extensive more airplay in Europe than here stateside since as a society, Americans as a whole are to revved up to appreciate a lot of the musical nuance and subtlety. The roller coater images and carnival like photos in the CD cover almost mock American self-image and recent cultural history as irony. Intended or not. Being a G - Stoned nut, maybe my opinion shouldn't count, but Vienna as a hotbed for original and affecting music should never be discounted.
Compared to the similar and recent U.S. release, Cosmic Game by Thievery Corporation, this disc will hold it's own and hopefully wear well over time, justifying `classic' status. Downtempo is not a genre. It's a celebration of lifesyle and mindset.