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Swansongs ~ Chocolate Genius
Swansongs ~ Chocolate Genius
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Marc Anthony Thompson must be the embodiment of all underrated songwriters on his very own. The fact this guy has stayed virtually unknown from the mainstream for the whole 26 years of his career is both a scandalous injustice and a gift for those empassioned enough to have followed him through his somewhat erratic but rewarding recording history.

"Swansongs" is his sixth album proper, the fourth under the Chocolate Genius alias, whose first release as such, 1998's "Black Music" was the closest the man got to stardom. And yet, even then, he couldn't be categorised to one single genre. Being championed by spot-on fans such as Lou Reed, Meshell Ndegeocello or Bruce Springsteen, who… Read more
Live At Roundhouse ~ Fat Freddy's Drop
Live At Roundhouse ~ Fat Freddy's Drop
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It is of general agreement that Fat Freddy's Drop's unique blend of reggae, soul, jazz and hip hop works best live. Their discography testifies this, as with this new release, the New Zealandish combo has now put out as many live albums as studio ones (two of each, that is).

What makes "Live At Roundhouse London" so special, is that while appearing a year after the much successful "Dr Boondigga & The Big BW", it actually does not document their subsequent tour, but the one before, when their new songs were not fully formed and had yet to be tested live before they were to put final touches to their studio versions.

Recorded in December 2008, at their final european… Read more
Heligoland ~ Massive Attack
Heligoland ~ Massive Attack
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Massive Attack.

Just the name itself suggests waves of dubby synths, deep basslines, martial yet half-asleep beats and croony vocals. Sure, they helped define a genre for the 90s, that lame "trip hop" tag so many claimed to be part of and so few deserved, producing much groundbreaking music, especially in the shape of their debut "Blue Lines" (1991), which helped set DJ culture into the mainstream, and "Mezzanine" (1998) that added heavy, howling guitars in the mix to a mostly stunning effect.

So, what's to expect from this, their 5th album proper in a mere twenty years career ? Well, as many other reviewers noted, a bit of the same and something different at once… Read more

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